Carlock Could Consolidate Classes

Published 07/23 2014 10:40PM

Updated 07/23 2014 10:42PM

CARLOCK - Dozens of concerned parents in Carlock are worried about combining classes for their students in the new school year.

It's part of a proposed plan to fix a hole in the Unit 5 budget.

The issue, a dwindling teachers fund driven by declining enrollment at Carlock Elementary.

Leaders want to combine parts of kindergarten and first grade.

Students would separate in the morning for reading, writing, and spelling.

Afternoons would combine kindergarten and first for math, science, and social studies.

It's called a blended classroom.

The district says it could save up to 50 thousand dollars a year.

Parents who attended are worried about class size and teacher development time.

They say the savings doesn't outweigh the cuts.

But Superintendent Mark Daniel says something has to be done.

"We'll do things differently. Not eliminate programs, but do things differently. Trying to sustain those particular programs that are benefiting the students and their learning that's our, that's our job."

Daniel says new funding, especially from the state has dried up in recent years.

They aren't expecting more students, either.

Unit 5 based this combined proposal on several components including an example at Towanda school district.

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