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CLARENCE CENTRAL HIRES 2 MORE TEACHER'S AIDES

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.

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