MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Marion County's school district has been tagged with the reputation as the worst violator of Florida's class-size rules.
Earlier, the district cut
In the pickup line outside Osceola Middle School in Ocala some parents told Channel 9's Berndt Petersen that the county needs more teachers.
"It would be very important that the classroom would stay smaller," said parent Sam Troche.
But this year many classrooms were two or three students over the state class-size limit.
"We don't like to be out of compliance, if you will. We don't like the label of being the most egregious when it comes to exceeding class sizes. But it was a purely financial decision to do that," said school spokesman Kevin Christian.
Last year, Marion County was the worst class
But the administration is determined to make the grade next year and has a plan to hire 181 new teachers and to restore art, music, and physical education classes.
The school board hopes to have the new teachers in the classrooms this fall.