PLEASANTON — The Pleasanton school district is facing the possibility of eliminating at least 50 jobs and its entire class size reduction program for the 2010-2011 school year.
Facing a $3.6 million hole in its budget, the district released a list of recommended cuts Thursday.
Among the recommendations by the budget advisory committee, is an increase in the size of kindergarten through third-grade classes from 25 students per teacher, to 30 students to teacher. Class sizes in ninth grade English and math would also rise from the current 25-to-1 ratio to 32-to-1.
Elimination of class-size reduction would save the district roughly $1.7 million dollars in its estimated $112 million budget for 2010-2011.
The school board is expected to discuss the recommendations at its Tuesday meeting and other further deficits issues that could arise after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger releases his early budget projections for the 2010-2011 fiscal year today. Projections have the state facing a shortfall of $20 billion.
A reduction in school hours for grades first through fifth grade is also on the table as well as elimination of funding for Gifted and Talented and Barton Reading programs.
Reading specialists, after-school tutoring and reading and math assistance would be eliminated. Counseling positions would also be reduced at all levels and summer school offerings would be reduced and or become fee based.
The combined recommended cuts would mean $2.3 million in savings for the district. The remaining $1.3 million is one-time funding that the district received this year that paid for reading specialists, elementary strings and band, counseling, library services, technology support and middle school principals. The district could also decide to delay some of its retirement and maintenance payments.
The district also hopes to negotiate with its unions on an elimination of 10 work days, suspension of staff development hours and step and column increases (a system that rewards teachers for furthering their education and experience).
Last year, the district cut $11.2 million for its budget that raised class size in kindergartner through third grade and ninth grade English and math from 20-to-1 to 25-to-1.
Robert Jordan covers Pleasanton and Dublin, contact him at 925-847-2184.