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  • No changes for sixth-graders in Ilion

  • Fifth- and sixth-graders within the Ilion Central School District will stay in the same classes.



    Ilion Superintendent of Schools Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said on Monday that the school district will be keeping the K-6 configuration at both Barringer Road and Remington elementary schools. He said this was decided after a meeting last week with both of the elementary school building principals.

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  • Fifth- and sixth-graders within the Ilion Central School District will stay in the same classes.
    Ilion Superintendent of Schools Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said on Monday that the school district will be keeping the K-6 configuration at both Barringer Road and Remington elementary schools. He said this was decided after a meeting last week with both of the elementary school building principals.
    Parents at a school board meeting last week brought their concerns regarding the size of the sixth-grade classes at Barringer Road, while the class sizes for sixth grade at Remington Elementary School are projected to be about 10 to 11 students less.
    Among the parental concerns listed was that the large class size creates a “difficult learning environment” and hinders the amount of attention their child would otherwise receive. One parent said that her child was bullied because there were not enough teachers in the classroom. Parents at the meeting also said they were concerned that their children would be in this situation for a second year in a row after previously bringing their concerns to the administration.
    Tangorra said on Aug. 21, the day after the meeting, that he met with Barringer Road Elementary Principal Frances LaPaglia and Remington Elementary Principal Jeremy Rich to discuss the option of moving all the fifth-grade students to Barringer Road and all the sixth grade students to Remington, calling it the “least disruptive.”
    “After considering many options, we figured our original proposal would be best for all the children,” he said during a telephone interview on Monday, which is keeping the students to where they are currently assigned.
    Tangorra said on Monday the projected class sizes for the sixth grade at Barringer Road is 27 students in each of the two classes. The class sizes for fifth-graders at Remington are also projected to be large, with the class sizes projected at 26 and 27.
    “We don’t think there is a problem. Some people feel that the number is too high,” he said. “The research around small class sizes indicate that small classes have a positive effect on K-3 students, and only then for students with a disadvantaged background.”
    Tangorra said the large class sizes date back to before his tenure as superintendent. He said although parents have raised the issue before, the Aug. 20 meeting was the first time a group of parents had addressed the school board about it.

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