A not so cheerful year for traditional-calendar schools will start tomorrow.
As noted in today's article, students are returning to schools where class sizes will be up and some elective courses have been dropped. Some teachers are still out of a job and supply budgets have been sliced.
"Our parents understand where we are with this economy," said Chip Mack, the new principal of Davis Drive Elementary School.
Davis Drive is located in western Cary, not too far away from Research Triangle Park. But Mack said they don't have a technology teacher this year because that person was on a terminating contract.
Mack said they're relying on their classroom teachers to teach technology to their students.
That technology teacher also maintained the school's web site and troubleshooted computer issues. Mack said other people, including himself, are trying to pick up the work but it's going to be done slower now.
Many schools lost their technology teacher over the summer.
In terms of class size, Mack said he's most worried about fourth-grade, where it's already at 30 students.
Classes with 30+ students are likely to be common this school year.
Andrew Livengood, principal of East Millbrook Middle School, told parents last week that his colleagues at other schools are looking at 33 to 34 students in some classes. He said one school has 45 students in a physical education class.
But Livengood said magnet school funding is helping to keep East Millbrook's class sizes from rising too much. He credited the funding with helping keep class sizes in the high 20s.
"We have teaching positions that other schools don't have," Livengood told parents at the sixth-grade orientation.