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Athens City Schools Plan to Cap Enrollment Sizes to Keep Classes Small

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ATHENS, Ohio — The Athens City Schools Board of Education decided Thursday to cap class sizes throughout the district and may decide to move the start of next year’s school calendar back a week for students.
The Athens Messenger reports the board accepted Supt. Tom Gibbs’ recommendation to cap class sizes and limit open enrollment in an effort to keep classroom size small and avoid an “August crisis,” where in the past, the district has to hire last-minute teachers.
Kindergarten through third grade is not to exceed 20 students; fourth through sixth grade is not to exceed 23; and Athens Middle School and Athens High School will not see more than 200 students per grade level.
Students already attending a building through open enrollment are not affected.
Gibbs also presented a proposed school calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
Students’ proposed first day of school next year is Monday, Aug. 28.
The board will take public comment on the proposed calendar at next month’s regular meeting on March 16.