Parents: Classroom size too big
About a half dozen parents from James H. Metzgar Elementary School asked the Greensburg Salem school board on Wednesday to lower the number of students in classes there.
Marty Sharp, who spoke for the group, told directors that the number of students in classes has increased greatly over the last couple years.
He said some classes at the school have as many as 30 students this school year.
Sharp, who is a teacher in another district, said classroom numbers affect how well students learn.
The quality and quantity of homework have suffered, he said. Parents have expressed concerns that there are more discipline problems, Sharp added.
Metzgar has achieved distinction for academic success, such as being named a “blue ribbon” school under the No Child Left Behind program, and he wants that success to continue, Sharp said.
“I would hate seeing Metzgar ... lose any of its shine,” Sharp added.
He said he and the other parents were approaching the board now because they know directors are putting together the 2013-14 budget.
The parents hope directors can make a “significant investment in the staffing at Metzgar.”
Superintendent Eileen Amato replied that lowering the number of students in classrooms “is a priority for us,” especially in elementary schools.
Over the last few months, other parents of elementary school children have approached school directors about growing classroom numbers.
Budget constraints have caused some of the need for larger classroom numbers, administrators said.
A few months ago, the district hired classroom assistants to try to ease the effects of the large numbers. Other support personnel have been added at times to try to keep education a priority, district officials said.
“We're really looking to bring the number down ... for next year,” Amato said.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland Veterans’ Monument unveiled, rededicated in Greensburg
- Foes of South Huntingdon gas-fired plant fight approval
- Theft thwarted by employee at North Huntingdon Wal-Mart
- Acme man’s ephemeral sculptures appear to defy laws of physics
- A family’s flag flies again in Mt. Pleasant
- Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township
- Man taken to hospital after New Alexandria house burns
- Hempfield train crash search called off; no evidence found
- Westmoreland County Blind Association building brimming with activity
- Senior housing proposal in Westmoreland County turned down again