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More than half of Baltimore County's 101 elementary schools would receive extra teachers for beginning reading classes under the class-size reduction plan announced last week by schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione.

The written plan -- presented to the school board during its budget work session -- would assign 80 teachers across the county to allow smaller reading classes in grades one to three.

The school system also would spend $160,000 to complete the purchase of a standard set of beginning readers for all elementary schools.

The superintendent's proposed operating budget for 1999-2000 calls for 45 of the 80 teachers to be paid for through federal funds.

The other 35 teachers would come from Gov. Parris N. Glendening's class-size reduction plan, if the state funding is approved.

"We can only do this if we get the state money," Marchione said. "If the state doesn't fund them, I would assume we would not have them in the budget."

The schools would be selected based on their performance on first- and second-grade basic reading skills exams and the third-grade Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

Schools with less than 500 pupils would receive one teacher, and schools with more than 500 pupils would receive two teachers.

Smaller classes

Baltimore County elementary schools that would be likely to receive one teacher under schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione's class-size reduction plan:

Glenmar, Victory Villa, Edgemere, Chesapeake Terrace, Harford Hills, Berkshire, Orems, Middleborough, Battle Grove, Oliver Beach, Martin Boulevard, Eastwood, Colgate, Chase, Lansdowne, Powhatan, Randallstown and Milbrook.

Baltimore County elementary schools likely to receive two teachers:

Halstead Academy, Elmwood, Middlesex, Shady Spring, Owings Mills, Dundalk, Hawthorne, Sandalwood, Sussex, Baltimore Highlands, Hebbville, Chadwick, Norwood, Church Lane, Deer Park, Bear Creek, Winand, McCormick and Red House Run.

Also, Timber Grove, Villa Cresta, Oakleigh, Scotts Branch, Charlesmont, Deep Creek, Edmondson Heights, Logan, Mars Estates, Sandy Plains, Featherbed Lane Primary, Featherbed Lane Intermediate, Johnnycake, Riverview, Winfield and Woodmoor.

In addition to the reading teachers, Marchione hopes to get 15 teachers from the state to reduce the size of math classes at middle schools in which fewer than 50 percent of eighth-graders have satisfactory scores on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

Those middle schools include Arbutus, Deep Creek, Deer Park, Dundalk, General John Stricker, Golden Ring, Holabird, Lansdowne, Middle River, Old Court, Parkville, Southwest Academy, Sparrows Point, Stemmers Run and Woodlawn.

Pub Date: 2/15/99

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