Ask the Howard County Board of Education to give MWES portables and additional teachers

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Dear Howard County Board of Education,

We are writing to you as parents of children attending Manor Woods Elementary School, to address the issue of overcrowding at our school. Like you, we want to see our students safe and successful in school, and we are seeking your help and assistance with the overcrowding issue at our school. Specifically, we are asking that our administration's request for 4 additional teachers and 7 portables be granted by the start of the 2017- 2018 school year.

Based on the 2016 feasibility study and the school's capacity of 681 students, Manor Woods reached 106.9 percent utilization in January , is currently at 113.2 percent, and is projected to reach 123.5 percent by Fall 2017. By 2021, we are supposed to be at 200 percent utilization. Our administration and teaching staff have done a wonderful job of accommodating such a large amount of growth in such a short amount of time, but we are concerned that the overcrowding will start to adversely affect the learning environment of our newly minted Blue Ribbon School.

As some classes have risen to 31 students, many students have had to adjust to a class change or a new teacher in the middle of the school year. Even our youngest students were not exempt, when Kindergarten had to add a sixth class about six weeks after starting school. Although our community has been patient and understanding regarding our school's issue of overcrowding; we are growing increasingly concerned about our students' safety, teacher ratios, and lack of space.

We kindly ask that you grant our principal, Mr. James Weisner's formal request for 4 additional teachers and 7 portables by the start of the 2017- 2018 school year.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Parents of Manor Woods Elementary School Students



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