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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.
Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes â€” for now.
WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year â€” two students â€” but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.
â€śRight now, our class sizes are right where we want them to be,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor. â€śBut if we increase enrollment numbers, weâ€™re going to want to look at increasing our staff.â€ť
As of now, Oâ€™Connor said the schools are able to work within the amount of staff they have, though class sizes in some of the elementary schools are starting to reach capacity.
â€śThe smaller schools are harder to address,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
At the elementary schools, there are typically only two classes per grade level.
â€śThere may have been a day when there were three teachers with smaller class sizes, but I think those days are over,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
Oâ€™Connor said with funding, the most practical solution now is to add a five-hour aide to some of the classes with close to 30 students.
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