Class sizes to jump from 20 to 30 students
March 08, 2010 5:29 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The Adelanto School District Board of Trustees Tuesday night is poised to send pink slips to 18 teachers and trim management pay by 7.5 percent.

The proposed cuts aim to help patch the district’s $8.5 million deficit through 2012-13 as the state rolls back funding for schools amid a $20 billion state-wide budget shortfall.

To plug $800,000 of the school district’s gap, staff members are recommending the elimination of 38 certificated positions, only 18 of which are currently filled by teachers. The remaining positions are vacant or occupied by long-term substitutes.

Fewer teachers will mean increased class sizes, just as the district has grown by roughly 150 students from a year ago, according to Superintendent Darin Brawley. First grade class size limits, for instance, will jump from 20 to 30 students.

Like other districts, the ASD will look for additional cuts and retirements in hopes of rescinding some layoffs before the fall, Brawley said.

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