Chris King appears unqualified to be Superintendent of the Boulder Valley School District. Your recent article reported that King characterized current plans to rebuild Columbine Elementary as “insufficient” because he wants to expand the size of the school. King used the threat of larger class sizes to persuade the School Board to build a school that can accommodate 550 students.
By advocating such a large school size, King ignores the overwhelming evidence that school size matters at least as much as class size. And the consensus of professionals is that 500 is a maximum size (well beyond the optimal size which is closer to 300 students) for a quality school.
To learn more, I encourage you to google “school size bigger is not better” and to read the article by David Kirkpatrick. We need to avoid the industrial approach to education, which features economies of scale, large schools to attract highly paid administrators, and worst of all increased anonymity for students. Anonymity induces multiple behavioral problems that not only disrupt the learning process but also increase the numbers of failed students.
Boulder students deserve better.