More kids, fewer teachers for Lake Stevens classrooms

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:35 AM

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- Students walking into class at Lake Stevens schools may notice a difference this year - more kids!

The district was forced to increase class sizes for kindergarten through fourth grade to deal with state budget cuts.

Mt. Pilchuck is one of the elementary schools affected by the change. Some parents are worried if there are more kids in a class, they might take away from the one-on-one attention between their child and the teacher.

Starting this year, two or three more students will be added to K through fourth grade classes.

After years of deep cuts, the school district says it had no choice but to increase class sizes.

Over the past three years, the district has lost about $5 million in state funding. The district says it will try to keep class sizes at or below 28 students.

An another result of budget cuts: 10 fewer teachers will be teaching this school year.

"Believe me, it's our concern too. Nobody wants this kind of result from budget cuts," said Arlene Hulten, Lake Stevens School District. "We do have methods in place where we have para-professionals working in classrooms to help me with that one-on=one."
 

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