Georgia's Class Size Plans

Local school officials say with current budget problems in education and severe teacher shortages it could give them a bit of a break this year.

Cross Creek Elementary's principal says students in smaller class sizes do statistically perform better in their educational career, but he says the senate's decision to freeze class sizes at the current level rather than reducing them as planned is the best decision right now.

"Given the current economic environment we are in, having a little flexibility with classes is very important to us in order to avoid making devastating budget cuts in other areas," says Principal Dusty Kornegay.

To avoid hiring extra teachers, some classrooms at Cross Creek have up to two extra students in them, but school officials say that doesn't affect the learning environment a great deal.

"We have substantial room right know but if more kids are added it's going to be tougher to be able to move around and rotate especially for the hands on activities," says 3rd grade teacher Lori Hodges.

Teachers say smaller classes are ideal in giving each student more attention, but they are maintaining at current levels.

"I think it's everyone's intent to complete the legislation once the economy improves because we all know it would be better," says Principal Kornegay.

And with Cross Creek steadily growing, smaller classes in the future will keep each child at his greatest potential. The bill was approved by a vote of 38-18 and is now on its way to the House for a final vote.