Pike County School Grouping Classes

Some kindergartners and first graders may have to share a classroom at some Pike County elementary schools this year.

Bevins Elementary principals say they could either put more than 30 kids per classroom or have 24 kids in a classroom and have one split class with half first graders and half kindergartners. They chose the smaller class size leaving some of the split class parents concerned, but principals say the teacher is qualified to teach both and student learning shouldn't be affected.

"We focus on individual students. How we group students is not as important as the quality of instruction that they receive," said Bevins Elementary Principal Colleta Parsley.

Parsley says they've done this before with no negative effects.

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