PISD addresses special ed cams, class sizes

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Installing video and sound equipment in special education classes was among business conducted at a Pearland ISD meeting Tuesday evening.

School districts across the state will be required to install cameras in special needs classrooms per a recent state law, Senate Bill 507, going into effect for the current school year. According to the law, parents must submit a written request for cameras to be installed.

Recordings are confidential, and will be maintained for 6 months or more.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda was an officially requested class-size waiver from the state for third and fourth-grade classes.

During the past 5 years, student enrollment in PISD has increased 13 percent, according to district documents, and the cost of adding staff to accommodate them “has absorbed all funding provided by the 84th Legislative session.”

The maximum elementary class ratio is 22 to 1, and a waiver is needed to have up to 24 students in third through fourth grade classrooms.

Currently, Challenger and Silverlake elementaries have a total of six fourth-grade classes with more than 22 students in them.

Trustees on Tuesday night were expected to approve a contract for the district’s $220 million bond election to be on the November ballot.

A series of public meetings on the bond election have been planned, with the first taking place on Monday. The meeting schedule:
– Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Education Support Center.
– Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Dawson High.
– Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Education Support Center, to be held during the Pearland Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

To vote in the November bond election, residents must be registered in Brazoria County and living in Pearland ISD before Oct. 11.

Story by Nicole Jones

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