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Despite looming budget cuts, district class sizes remain among lowest in the metro

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 -- Based on a recently released study of 33 metro area school districts, the class sizes in South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) continue to be among the lowest compared to neighboring districts and districts across the Twin Cities. The annual class size study is conducted by Metro ECSU, a regional educational cooperative focused on delivering services to districts while reducing costs through collaboration.

“Even though equalization challenges means our district receives less funding than most metro school districts, we have focused on keeping our class sizes as low as possible,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “And while we need to make significant budget reductions for the 2020-21 school year, we are pleased that we are able to keep our class size norms the same as this year.” 

Some highlights from the 2019-20 Class Size Report include:

  • KINDERGARTEN - SSPPS has the second lowest average class size for kindergarten at 18.92, and is below the metro average of 20.91.

  • ELEMENTARY - The district has the second lowest average class size for elementary grades at 21.6, which is about two students lower than the metro area average and about 11 students lower than the district with the largest elementary class sizes.

  • SECONDARY - At the secondary level, SSP Secondary’s average class sizes are about three students lower than the metro area average and about six students lower than the district with the largest secondary class size.

“While this year’s budget adjustments do include the reduction of some teaching positions as we align staffing to approved class size norms, it is important to recognize that these reductions are the result of a decrease in student enrollment,” Webb said. “Since we are not changing our targets, we anticipate our class sizes to continue to be smaller than most other districts next year.”