Lewisville ISD Approves Class Size Waiver Request | Lewisville Chief


Lewisville ISD will seek 13 class size waivers from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to address a faculty shortage in relation to increasing enrollment.

In a Monday meeting, the Lewisville ISD board of directors voted unanimously in favor of an article allowing the school district to submit a written notice to the state agency.

The item was originally supposed to be on the meeting’s agenda, which is usually reserved for non-controversial items, but it was deleted at the request of Administrator Angie Cox. Cox expressed concern about the waivers applying to kindergarten students and those in other elementary school grades.

During a working session on Oct. 5, Cox specifically mentioned The Colony’s Morningside Elementary School, which Assistant Superintendent Lori Rapp said would only need a waiver if an open teaching position does not exist. was not provided.

“It was good news from the last reunion that the last kindergarten class that needed a teacher had one, so this campus has come off and we are looking forward to this other one being resolved as well,” he said. Rapp said, referring to Rockbrook Elementary in Lewisville as the school whose kindergarten class still needs a waiver until only one teaching position is filled.

Other Lewisville ISD schools are requesting a waiver for Castle Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Hebron Valley Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Hicks Elementary (Frisco), Lakeland Elementary, Lewisville Elementary, Prairie Trail Elementary (Flower Mound) and Rockbrook Elementary.

Under TEA regulations, classrooms in Texas public schools cannot exceed 22 students, but any excess of this class size may be allowed with a waiver. These 13 waivers, district officials said, aim to increase the allocated capacity of each class to 23 students in order to evenly distribute the workload.

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