September 17: Now that the school year has begun and new students have been registered, we have a surer sense of the numbers of students in the Belmont system. Class sizes at the Wellington Elementary School have definitely risen, as have some honors classes at Belmont High School. There are as well some sections at the Chenery that are larger than we like. To reduce class sizes after school begins and after a budget is in place is always a challenge because until school begins there is no sure way to know what the real numbers will be. Especially for elementary students, disrupting an emerging relationship to rearrange classes is hardly ideal. Nonetheless, we are looking at some ways of improving the ratio of adults-to-students for the short term. In my judgment, the long-term resolution lies in a thoughtful discussion and implementation of a redistricting plan that evens class sizes throughout the district. We welcome comments, concerns, and ideas.