STATE: Indian River County schools meet class size requirements

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — All of Indian River County’s traditional public schools have met the state’s standards for class size, state officials announced.

The finding means that the Indian River County School District will not have to face financial penalties for failing to comply. Earlier, the school district was penalized for a slight class size overage at Beachland Elementary, which has since been corrected.

Indian River County joins Martin, St. Lucie and Brevard counties in the area for meeting the class size requirements. Okeechobee County to the west was over capacity in one class in the Pre-K to Grade 3 level.

The only Indian River County charter school mentioned in the report was Imagine Schools at South Vero, which was over capacity by 29 students.

Of the state’s 67 school districts, 32 where in compliance.

Thirty-five districts will have to pay $3,000 per student the classes are over to the Florida Department of Education. If they choose not to pay, they can make an appeal to the state board.

Three other specialty districts, too, were over capacity, according to the Department of Education. Those districts are FAMU Lab School, FAU-Palm Beach and UF Lab.


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