MPS parents talk crowded classrooms tonight

Area C meeting hits on hot topic for Southwest families

ARMATAGE — Crowded classrooms are a perennial concern for Southwest-area public school parents, so it shouldn’t be a surprise if a meeting at Armatage Community and Montessori School tonight gets a bit crowded, too.

That’s because class size is one of the topics at tonight’s Area C Parent Advisory Council meeting. The meeting flyer indicated the presentation, “How you can influence class size at your child’s school,” would be just the first in a series of discussions on the issue.

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Area C includes all of Southwest, as well as several schools in South Minneapolis. While the district as a whole has been losing students for years, popular programs at some Area C schools routinely get more requests for placement than there are seats in the classrooms.

The meeting is 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Armatage, 2501 W. 56th St. Parents who attend are advised to enter the building through Door 5 off of 56th Street.

The Area C Parent Advisory Council is one of three parent groups from the district’s three geographical areas. Elected representatives from Area C serve on the District Parent Advisory Council, a group that regularly meets with and advises the superintendent and district administrators.

Area C meetings are open to all Southwest parents. Childcare is provided, as are interpretive services for Spanish and Somali speakers.