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RSD205 teacher’s contract limits class size, pays extra for students beyond contractual limits

Returning to the Rockford Education Association Contract, Article 24 – Class Size, Section A – maximum class sizes are established by the contract; Kindergarten, 24 students; Grades 1 – 3, 26 students; Grades 4 – 6, 30 students and combination of Grades 1 – 6, 23 students while combinations of students from certain grades are not allowed.

For all day Kindergarten classes over 21 students, a paraprofessional shall be in place for the class within 20 days from the date of the enrollment of the 22nd child or additional pay for the teacher is required by contract.

In Section B – Class sizes at all secondary schools for academic classes and study halls shall be kept to a maximum of 33 students and should be limited to no more than 40 in physical education classes.

In Section C – Under Miscellaneous, the contract requires the Board and REA to work toward a ratio of: 1 social worker for each 1800 students; 1 psychologist for each 2000 students; 1 counselor per 300 students; 1 home school counselor for each 4000 students; and 1 nurse for each 1000 students. There are over 27,000 students in district 205 according to the 2010 Illinois District Report Card.

In Section D – the contract stipulates that in no instance should class size exceed 2 students above the maximum listed in Sections A and B for elementary school, and that if the maximum is exceeded by two students, the teacher shall be paid an overload rate of $13.50 per day for the first and $13.50 per day for a second child over the maximum class size.

In secondary schools, the limit must be brought within the maximum class size restrictions within a certain number of days of the start of the semester.

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