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N. COLLINS PTA SEEKING BETTER PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO

The North Collins School Board, which is currently preparing its 1990-91 budget, has been asked by the Elementary School PTA to consider reducing the teacher-pupil ratio.

Darlene Craft, the board's acting president, told Becky Mecca, the PTA president, that the board would consider the request at its February meeting when it discusses personnel matters.

Superintendent John J. McDonough said that ratios in the 400-pupil elementary school range from one teacher to 22 pupils to one teacher to 24 pupils. The higher ratios occur in some kindergarten sections where enrollments this year have climbed.

In the past the teacher-pupil ratios have been as low as one teacher to 19 pupils.

The North Collins Board also backed a bill proposed by Assemblyman Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Springville, that calls for the state to pay growth aid for handicapped students during the same year that enrollments grow. Aid is now paid currently for non-handicapped students.

The board approved the Feb. 11 use of the elementary school for the PTA's Winterfest program and for the building's use by Scouts Feb. 8
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"BECKY MECCA, A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH COLLINS....SAID THAT THE CURRENT TEACHER-PUPIL RATIOS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RANGE FROM ONE TEACHER TO 19 PUPILS TO ONE TEACHER TO 28 PUPILS."

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