Clarence Schools have hired two more teacher's aides amid concerns about first-grade class size in Sheridan Hill Elementary School.
Superintendent Thomas G. Coseo said each of the two first-grade classrooms will have an aide with teacher certification. The decision followed a request from first-grade parents that the district consider adding another section at that level. Fifty-one first-graders -- divided into sections of 25 and 26 -- were expected when school starts today.
Parents attending the last School Board meeting said those numbers are too high, particularly when two-thirds of the class are boys.
Some also argued that adding teacher's aides will not improve the situation.
"It's just too many bodies in one space," said Pat Washburn, a parent.
Administrators say the school, one of the district's smaller buildings, lacks space for another first-grade section. This year, the board expects to discuss whether to seek a bond issue to add classrooms at Sheridan Hill and Harris Hill elementary schools.