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School Overcrowding Discussed At BoE Work Session

September 18th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Parents and teachers have been expressing concern and frustration to the Allegany County Board of Education since the start of the school year regarding overcrowded school rooms.  The subject was discussed at length last week at the Board’s public work session and business meeting.  It was noted that the meeting, that there are quite a few classrooms — particularly in kindergarten through grade three — where  student numbers at the maximum limit.  Parents, administrators and teachers’ representatives all chimed in on the subject.  David Cox, superintendent of schools, said funding levels for the school system continue at the minimum set by law, resulting in many teaching positions going unfilled.  The administrators said 230 positions, most teaching jobs, have been eliminated in the past seven years due to a lack of funding. Cox says that while some of those positions have been re-filled, it’s not nearly enough to cover the impact of those eliminated…


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