Local Class Sizes

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Local schools are working toward meeting the class size amendment requirements by 2009.

Bay district school officials say right now they are ahead of the curve and will meet the requirements before many other districts in the state.

Superintendent James McCalister didn't say whether he was for or against the amendment. He would only say he and his staff are making aggressive efforts to keep up the pace.

"Bay district schools, all schools are now meeting the class size 'district-wide,' and in many cases, and I will say probably 98 percent of our schools have met the requirements for the school average."

To fully comply with the class size amendment, kindergarten through third grade classes cannot have more than 18 students. Fourth through eighth grade classes will be kept to 22 students, and high school core classes will be capped at 25 students.