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Norwood-Norfolk teachers ask board of education for another fourth-grade teacher

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NORFOLK — Four teachers asked the Norwood-Norfolk Central School board Tuesday night to consider adding another fourth-grade teacher for the 2014-15 school year to keep their class sizes from jumping to more than 30 students.

“We’re here to beg you to hire another fourth-grade teacher,” Brandi Akins told the board at its budget work session. She said the fourth-grade teachers are already overwhelmed with their numbers, and if enrollment projections hold true, it will be worse next year.

“It has been an overwhelmingly difficult year for us,” Ms. Akins said.

Superintendent James M. Cruikshank said there are three sections of fourth-grade classes with 28, 27 and 26 students. Without adding another section, those numbers would jump to two sections of 32 students each and one of 33 students next year. With a fourth section, the district would be looking at two sections of 24 students each and two sections of 25 students each.

The teachers said that with the new Common Core standards, they’re having difficulty finding the time to assist individual students because of the size of their classes. The request for another teacher comes at a time when the budget draft shows a gap of $1,814,762.

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