In an unusually short meeting Monday, Northwest ISD officials discussed requesting a one-year class size waiver for classrooms that surpassed the 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio. As of Monday, there were 36 classrooms that exceeded that number.
”With the $12 million reduction in state funding to Northwest ISD, this (increasing class sizes) was one way to reduce expenditures,” said Gary Gindt, assistant superintendent for administrative services. ” these 36 classrooms we are requesting a waiver on represent a $1.24 million savings in cost.”
Gindt pointed out that classrooms would not exceed 25 students per teacher.
Trustees will vote on the matter at the next board meeting, Monday, Sept. 24.
Also at the meeting, Partners In Education recognized volunteers in the “Tools for School” supply drive this summer.
The board also heard reports on student assessment, start of school enrollment (17,768 students districtwide) and construction.