Enrollment data from the first week of school show that the class size objectives set by the School Committee for the elementary schools have been met. By closing the McKeown School and redistricting the City's K-5 population, the Committee sought to achieve class sizes that were well below its maximum guidelines of 25 students in grades 1 and 2 and 30 students in grades 3-5.
The Enrollment Report presented to the School Committee on September 17th demonstrates great success in achieving those goals. Only the second grade at Cove has enrollments at the maximum. As a result, help from paraprofessionals will be added to help the teachers deal with those large classes.
9/22 UPDATE: Today's Salem News trumpets Class Sizes Stay the Same in Beverly at the top of the front page, in a move sure to bring out all the message board inhabitants in chants of "I told you so."
While the news is generaly good compared to everyone's fears last Spring, let's not forget that Beverly's class sizes were already the highest in the region. The story also adds the detail that there are 42 less children enrolled than last year. A good many of these, we know, have school choiced out, enrolled in private school, or moved to other communities, in part because of last Spring's turmoil.