At a regional school committee meeting last night, Superintendent Charles Gobron gave a preview of factors driving the Algonquin budget for fiscal year 2013. One of those factors is a desire to lower the student-teacher ratio by hiring more teachers.
Enrollment at Algonquin jumped by 40 students this year, resulting in class sizes that exceed the goals set by the district. Gobron said Algonquin would need to hire about five teachers next year to bring the ratio more in line with the district’s goals. Gobron did not present any budget numbers last night – that will happen in January – nor did he say whether a request for new teachers would make it into his budget recommendation.
Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
Regional School Committee member Paul Butka has driven discussion on the topic at several meetings, saying this is the first year he has heard from parents worried that the numbers are too high.
Butka again drove the discussion Wednesday, trying to gauge the temperature of the room on whether adding teachers is a high priority.
“It’s going to be a significant component of any potential budget increase,” he said. “Is it the will of the committee that we chase those five teachers?”
Other members said although they support the idea of adding teachers generally, they would need to see the entire budget before making a commitment.
Butka represents Southborough on the Regional School Committee. You can read more about the discussion in this article by the MWDN.