GREENSBORO, N.C. — This school year, Dana Davis has two children at Greensboro’s Irving Park Elementary. While the school year has just started, she has already noticed a difference.
“The higher the class sizes, the less one-on-one they will get,” she said. “Although there are great things happening here at Irving Park, I do think it could affect how smoothly things will run.”
Irving Park Elementary lost five teachers and two teacher assistants. Some classrooms have as many as 29 students. Principal Cynthia McKee says reduced state funding forced Irving Park Elementary to make a tough decision.
“My teachers will do more with less,” she said. “That’s our motto due to the state budget. But we are at the point where less is getting more and more.”
To fight the trend of growing class sizes, Guilford County Schools is asking voters to consider a quarter tax sales increase on things like your restaurant bill or movie ticket. Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green says if the measure is approved in November, the school system could get up to 14 million dollars that will go toward school maintenance, textbooks and teachers.
“Bring back teaching positions, teacher assistants, materials and supplies and technology as well,” he said.
But some folks are not waiting until November. A community group called the Friends of Irving Park is raising money to provide additional resources and materials for Irving Park teachers.