TRURO – Optional French programs and class sizes are being looked at very closely by Chignecto-Central Regional School Board officials.
Optional French class sizes being reviewed
The board is discussing whether or not to adjust staff-to-student ratios in elementary and junior high optional French programming. Currently, Grades primary to 3 have a ratio of one teacher for up to 25 students, while Grades 4 to 6 can have up to 27 students for one instructor.
There are also some combined classes, including primary, throughout CCRSB, which include one teacher for 20 students. Alternatively, a combined Grades 1 to 6 class can have up to 25 students.
Scott Milner, director of CCRSB’s education services, told board members during a regular monthly school board meeting on Wednesday in Truro that these ratios should remain the same for the 2014-2015 school year. Any changes to the system would begin in September 2015.
“It’s based on student enrolment thresholds … these are targets and not hard thresholds. Class can be larger than these targets,” Milner told the Truro Daily News.
Milner said the board will take time to review the numbers and will include communication with school advisory committees and teachers before a final decision is made. It will also continue to be discussed by the CCRSB’s education committee and board members.
“It will likely continue into next year,” said Milner of the process.