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Eastern Superintendent's Round Table

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Superintendents and school district leaders in Region 2 of North Carolina met March 27, for a round table event around plans and impacts of the current K-3 class size legislation set to take effect 2017-18. Conversation also focused on HB-13 Class Size Requirement Changes. The bill, which was recently passed unanimously by the House and forwarded on to the North Carolina Senate, is designed to keep class sizes smaller but allow school districts some flexibility in how they meet class size requirements.

If HB 13 does not pass, schools throughout the state will lose funding flexibility and be mandated to add and fund additional K-3 teachers and classrooms.  This has the potential to impact students, teachers, and classrooms from K-12, not just K-3.

While OCS very much supports and would welcome a feasible way to accommodate smaller class sizes, the unintended consequences have the potential to negatively affect our school system.

Should HB 13 pass, it would enable all school districts to use funding flexibility to provide current teachers.  We are working to access the impact of HB 13, should it not pass and will communicate directly with staff and our community as facts become available.

We are very grateful to both our Board of Education and our County Commissioners who have worked extremely hard to help ensure all our students have what they need to achieve and be successful in life.

We appreciate all who advocate for our school system.  We will continue to monitor this situation and do everything we can to work through any challenges that should arise.

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