CLAY CITY -- Class size was once again the topic of discussion for parents at the Clay Community School Corporation meeting Thursday at Clay City Junior/Senior High School.
Rob Horton, a resident of Clay City, started the events of the night with concern for the lack of results.
"The teachers aide in the classroom is great. However, I am concerned about the parent volunteer," he said. "Bless the parent volunteer. I am so happy that the teacher is receiving help. I am just concerned because of the amount of time that the students are actually spending learning in the classroom when there is testing going and the aide can't be with the teacher in the classroom."
"If we have full-day kindergarten, and include the amount of time that students spend at lunch and recess, while factoring in the number of students in the class are the students even getting half-a-day of education?"
At the conclusion of his time at the podium, Horton asked for one thing: results.
"We want to see feedback, try to do something to give us results," he said.
Nikki Medley, a resident of Clay City, talked about the necessity of the problem at hand.
"I fear for my children not receiving a proper education and slipping through the cracks," she said. "This is a problem that we have to continue to revisit until we see results."
Reesa Horton, a resident of Clay City, who spoke at last month's meeting about the same issue, was honest with the board in her wishes.
"I want feedback. I want to know what is going on and I don't think I should be getting them from (News Channel 2-WTWO)," she said. "This is unacceptable."
The Clay City Elementary PTO was represented by Lee Ann Mann and on behalf of the students, they ask for a cap on class size.
"We want you to consider capping class sizes. We have shown concern last spring when this problem arose, and again last month," she said. "We have brought this to the board's attention and we are asking that this being taken seriously."
Board members were once again sympathetic and reassured the parents that they are doing everything they can.
"I thank everyone for coming tonight and speaking to us, and I am sorry that you have too again, but I do hope for a resolution quickly," said board member Terry Barr.
Other board members echoed these same thoughts.
"As a parent and a member of the board I am very concerned," Assistant Secretary Tina Heffner, said. "I agree completely with capping class sizes … and I am so happy that we have volunteers that are willing to take the time to help. I also understand that the administration has to make tough decisions on what to cut, it is a work in progress."
Vice President Dottie King tried to remind everyone of the budget constraints and the amount that it does cost to hire a teacher, but still her optimism remained.
"When hiring an employee, it is a recurring expense and that is what takes up 95 percent of our general fund," she said. "I want everyone to know that we are trying and we will continue to work on this to the best of our abilities."