Concerned about large class sizes at Greenacres Elementary School, close to two dozen of the Clarksville school’s teachers approached the school board Tuesday night calling for a restructuring of class sizes at the corporation’s two elementary schools.

“Our hope and support goes to you to act in any way that will help equalize the number of teachers per students in our corporation,” Dixon Romney, a second grade teacher, told the board.

Speaking on behalf of the other teachers, Romney said the concern is not about numbers, but about students getting the same quality of education at both elementary schools.

The Greenacres faculty delivered a signed letter to the board voicing their support of a measure that would alleviate the class size inequity.

On average, Greenacres had about two more pupils per classroom than GGC Elementary in 2006-07, according to Indiana Department of Education data.

But additional move-ins to the corporation have stretched those numbers.

Opening day counts for second grade at Greenacres jumped 20 students from the figure reported in October 2006.

The influx of students has forced school officials to add a fourth class for second-graders at Greenacres.

A teacher has been hired to start the class Friday, school officials said at Tuesday’s meeting, which will bring the class average in second grade back below 20.

Donald Maymom, principal of Greenacres, said while there is no state mandated cap on class sizes, the classrooms were designed to max out at 25 students.

The issue of class sizes has been addressed publicly before.

A study was commissioned in the mid-’90s to look at class sizes at Greenacres and George Rogers Clark, the corporation’s two elementary schools. But the school board never acted to restructure.

The issue resurfaced in February, sparking contoversy among community members concerned that a change in the make-up of the schools — one proposal was to put all lower elementary grades at GRC — would take away from the community school environment.

Robert Boyd, an Indiana State University professor, was contracted to investigate restructuring as part of a demographics, facilities and feasibility study. The study has involved Boyd meeting with a committee of about two dozen community members over the past several months.

A full report of the findings — about 60 pages in length — is anticipated some time in the next month, Superintendent Stephen Fisher said Wednesday.

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