|Some Juggling in Class Sizes as Students Settle In|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:37|
Larger class sizes in the Saskatoon Public School system are not the result of a lack of provincial funding.
Rather, Barry McDougall, Deputy Director of the Saskatoon Public School Division says it's more of a planning issue.
He says each spring the school division tries to develop a staffing plan for the different classes in the school system.
But with a growing population, sometimes, he says that's hard to predict so there's always some juggling around in the fall once students have arrived to fill the seats.
McDougall says if more teachers are needed, the division will dip into reserves and get some, but he says there will always be larger classes once students get into the upper grades of 11 and 12 that will reflect more of a university approach to teaching.
The provincial funding issue, he says, is that school divisions don't get the funding that's connected to growth until the year after that growth has occurred.