School board to discuss class size, snow days

The Ashland School Board will discuss elementary class sizes and emergency snow days in its regular session Monday at 7 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers.

Helman Elementary parents petitioned the board to form a task force on class sizes at both the December and January meetings. Classes have not met the size recommended by the Ashland Quality Education Model since the guidelines were established.

The board did not plan to create a task force, Superintendent Juli Di Chiro said last month, but staff would address the issue, she said. The board will review an updated evaluation of current class sizes in elementary schools.

Di Chiro will also report emergency snow day policies of other area schools. Ashland schools had a full day of last Monday after a storm left more than nine inches on the ground. Schools were in session Tuesday after a two-hour delay.

Various other groups will present to the board, including the Ashland Schools Foundation, representatives of the upcoming construction projects and the food service committee, providing an evaluation of the pilot school lunch program at Walker Elementary.

The board will also vote on the alternative bidding process being considered for the construction project at Bellview Elementary. A public hearing session will be held just prior to the regular session at 6:30 p.m. for anyone wishing to comment on the process.

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