Maine-Endwell School Board: 'Changes Are Coming'

By Adam Chick

January 25, 2013 Updated Jan 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hard decisions and changes are coming to Maine-Endwell.

That was the message from the district's Board of Education Thursday, as they work to fill a $3.8 million dollar budget hole.

The board focused its delivery Thursday on potential impacts to the high school.

Among the proposals there are to cut the number of teachers from 24 to 18. That would increase the average class size from 22 to 30 students.

District residents and current teachers say they are not happy with the situation, but agree the board is doing everything it can to address the deficit.

"It looks like they're trying their best but I just think it's not a great situation for the students," said Ghislaine Stewart, a former Maine-Endwell teacher and current resident of Endwell.

"It's sad that it's come to this, but our board is doing the best that they can to try and make tough decisions," said David Beard, a technology teacher at Maine-Endwell High School. "It's not something that you ever want to see ever happen but it's something that we have to deal with and move forward with it."

Honors classes will be saved, and the more popular AP courses will still be available. However, the average class size of honors courses would likely rise 30 students or more.

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