As a former FCPS teacher and Frederick County resident, I completely sympathize with parents who want smaller class sizes for their children. If there is one factor that has the greatest impact on the quality of the educational experience for students, it is good interaction with the teacher. Numerous studies have shown this to be the case. Many of us former teachers would have gladly given up the latest technological device or investment in the current educational trend or bandwagon to have more colleagues in the building and lower class sizes. Nothing beats the connection you establish with your students and they with you. This is much more difficult to manage when you are facing over 30 students in the room at one time. In a science classroom, this is dangerous. Many classrooms in the county were just not designed for this many bodies in the space at one time.
Having said all this, I will always treasure my experiences with my students and colleagues as I tried to make science a more meaningful experience for my students and the community. Frederick County is a wonderful place to learn and grow, and I have even come to appreciate this more after I moved away. FCPS can do better for their students, and I know they always try. Lower class sizes to achieve this is goal by adding more staff and facilities should always be the top priority over the latest gizmo or gadget.