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BURNT HILLS: Parents seek smaller classes

School board member Tim Kelliher, while agreeing in theory on smaller class sizes, offered another view.

"Everyone wants smaller class sizes," said Kelliher. "We were originally skeptical, but adding teaching assistants has worked out because they function as a team. We have a movement toward a more team-centered approach that I think is working. If we change to four teachers in separate classrooms, this may not be the best model."

Board member Bob Speck asked if there has been a spike in the number of BH-BL district elementary students going to private schools due to complaints about class size, but Superintendent Jim Schultz said that had not been observed.

Schultz said the district is still in good standing among other Suburban Council schools, which typically allow about 24 to 26 students per classroom.

Board president Elizabeth Herkenham urged parents to stay on top of the 2007-2008 budget drafts as they are reviewed line by line.

"This is the time to bring your concerns forward, because all of this is still a proposal," said Herkenham.""

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