Director of Communications
May 10, 2005
Education Partners, good afternoon:
First, we’ve received numerous questions recently about class size caps and building and classroom staffing. Dr. Erwin addressed this topic at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.
She said that our preliminary draft of the 2005-06 budget (to be presented to the Board on May 23) presumes that the K-2 class size cap (which limits those classes to 25 students) will be lifted as a way to use our facilities more efficiently and realize more revenue, in light of the district’s recent funding challenges.
If the current cap is lifted, K-2 classes will not exceed 27 students. We will do everything we can to schedule classes to minimize the impact on teaching and learning, especially in smaller classrooms in some of our elementary schools.
However the Board will make the final decision whether to lift/keep class caps, through its approval of the 2005-06 budget. If the board chooses to keep the K-2 cap, we will have to hire more teachers over the summer to adequately staff the schools. Nothing has been decided yet.
* Speaking of the Board of Education, here is the Board of Education Meeting Synopsis. The major topic was a proposal to increase high school science requirements and re-order the way science classes are taught, as part of the ongoing efforts to improve high school academic achievement. Click here for the Synopsis, and click on the link in the Synopsis to see the full Power Point presentation the Board saw last night: http://www.d303.org/Board/mostrecent.pdf
For your convenience, this same information about the proposed changes to high school science has also been formatted as a press release: http://www.d303.org/news/press/hssciencechange05pr.htm
Finally, we received another Child Incident Report from the St. Charles Police today, and I’ve pasted below a “District 303 Student/Stranger Encounter Report” which was to go home with every K-8 student today.
Have a good afternoon,
District 303 STUDENT/STRANGER ENCOUNTER
On May 9, 2005, at 3:45 p.m., a 12-year-old girl was walking in the area of Illinois and S. 5th streets was approached by a white male a red Honda Civic. The suspect exposed himself to the girl. The victim told the suspect to leave her alone, and the suspect drove away eastbound on Illinois Street.
Police also report a similar incident involving two more 12-year-old girls shortly before this one, in the area of S. 7th and Horne streets.
THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TODAY BY THE ST. CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT. PLEASE DIRECT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS TO THE POLICE AT 377-4435