Colton school district finds money to put more instructors in classes
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2011 05:44:26 PM PDT

COLTON – Twenty-one middle and high school teachers are back in the classroom in Colton Joint Unified School District.

As classes begin, the teachers, who had been laid off in May are returning, as is one of the four nurses who were laid off.

The rehires are joining 22 elementary school teachers rehired two weeks ago.

All told, that’s 43 of 57 teachers, but only 44 of 72 positions – none of the 11 counselors who were laid off are scheduled to return.

With the district still facing serious budget troubles, rehires are based on staffing needs for schools and classes, according to district spokeswoman Katie Orloff.

“It’s really about the positions, which positions need to be filled,” she said.

Part of the determination of which positions need to be filled is agreements with the teachers union to determine class sizes. The youngest students require a maximum of 20 students per teacher, but teachers in higher grades are responsible for larger class sizes.

Not all districts include such requirements, Orloff said.

She said the number of rehires is not certain, although it has remained steady for the past week.

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