CSR (Class SIZE REDUCTION) Teacher
ATTENTION 3rd & 4th GRADE FAMILIES:
Let’s reduce our children’s class size and prevent a split grade class next year!
Because the district’s class size maximum jumps from 32 students per class in 3rd grade to 39 students per class in 4th & 5th grades, the district only funds 3 teachers for our 4th and 5th grades. This has led in years past to having a 4/5 split grade class. In order to reduce class size, and to eliminate the split grade class, last year Mr. Gediman hired a CSR (Class Size Reduction) Teacher. While he can partially cover this cost within the school’s operating budget, he could not cover all of it, and so TEP was asked to contribute ½ of the cost (or $42,000).
We are in the same position again for next year. With 96 children currently enrolled in 3rd and 4th grades, without a CSR teacher we will have a 4/5 split and class size of 32. However, if we can fund a CSR teacher, we will not have a split grade class and class size would be reduced to 24!
The teacher hired for this position is Ms. Santora…and for those of you who have yet to meet her, or hear about her, she is an AMAZING teacher! And it would be a travesty for us to lose her.
If you have not given your $1000 annual donation to TEP, today is the day to do it. It’s tax deductible! For those of you that have already given, we need you to open your checkbooks again. We are asking EVERY SINGLE FAMILY to give $750 towards this effort. Give what you can but please do give! It matters. You can make a donation by credit card and write “CSR Teacher” in the Notes section.
We’re also looking for anyone and everyone to spearhead any fundraising ideas you may have. Some ideas discussed this week at our meetings and afterwards included hosting a pool party, sleep over/movie night, adult-only dinner party, lemonade stand, “beerfest”, etc.
If you have questions around this issue, kindly contact a TEP Board Member or your current class parent. For questions regarding curriculum and hiring decisions, kindly contact Steve Gediman.