Education Watch: Monday, November 13, 2017
14 November 2017
While classroom sizes have been gradually increasing in Frederick County Public Schools, School Board members were told Thursday night (11/9) that student-to-teacher ratios are being met in spite of overcrowding concerns. The briefing comes as the school division tries to convince the county Board of Supervisors to expand existing schools and build new ones. This is in anticipation of enrollment spikes, which are predicted to have high schools 1,133 students over capacity and middle schools 165 students over capacity by the year 2023 as a result of area growth.
Supervisors on April 12 rejected spending $91.4 million for a fourth high school, with the board instead lowering projected building costs to about $83 million. The 1,725-student school is scheduled to open in August of 2023, in time for the new school year, pending Board of Supervisors approval. A $30.9 million request for a 12th elementary school was reduced to
$28.5 million. That 500-student school is scheduled to open in 2020.
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And the Changing the Game Project is hosting a free event for the public Saturday, November 18th at Winchester’s Handley High School. Founded by John O’Sullivan, Changing the Game strives to keep children invested in sports as a positive experience, and squash ultra-competitive, adult-centered programs. 70% of children will drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13; O’Sullivan will speak about lowering that statistic, as well as making youth sports more beneficial and motivational for kids.