The topic of employing combination or multi-age classrooms was briefly discussed at the Wednesday, Dec. 2, meeting of the Board of Education, where Tebbano presented the long-range data. Tebbano said that by employing combination classrooms the district could remove up to 11 elementary teacher positions for a maximum savings of $700,000, without increasing class sizes.
This would be a change the school board would have to approve and enter into next year's budget. BC is anticipating that state aid will decrease by $2.5 million next year.
Tebbano explained that combination classrooms are similar to multi-age ones, but in combination classrooms the students don't necessarily move on to the next grade as a group. Instead, qualified teachers are used to level out class sizes temporarily.
The long-range report will be posted on the district's Web site.