May hire as many as 30 teachers
The number of students in each of Madera Unified’s kindergarten through 3rd grade classes will be smaller next school year if the school board adopts a staff recommendation to cut class size.
Certificated and classified administrators and school principals met with Interim Superintendent Anthony Monreal to develop the recommendation, which was presented at a special meeting of trustees on Thursday evening.
The recommendation is to reduce the K-3 class size to a 25:1 students-to-teacher ratio. Prior to Thursday night, the district was preparing for class sizes of 31 for kindergarten and 30 for grades 1-3.
The proposal for class size reduction came as the result of a presentation of the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget at the June 11 board meeting. At that time, Trustee Ray Seibert noted that the budget committee had calculated the district could spend $2.7 million and still keep its reserves at 15 percent. Seibert indicated he wanted to earmark some of that money for class size reduction and pushed to start working toward that end immediately...