The Board of Trustees of Carlsbad Unified School District is pleased to announce that the district will begin a systematic process of reducing class sizes, starting immediately with grades K-3.
The State’s budget shortfall, which began in 2008, caused the district to eliminate the 20 to 1 class size reduction program, while also increasing class sizes in grades 4-12.
On December 4, 2013, during the Board’s review of the 1st Interim Budget presentation, staff reported an increase in revenues through the passage of Prop 30 and higher property tax returns related to the improving economy.
As a result of the improved fiscal picture, the Board has asked staff to make plans to reduce K-3 class size averages beginning in January. The Board’s goal is to allow younger students to benefit from smaller classes in the current year, rather than waiting until next year to begin implementation.
Personnel Services is working with the elementary principals to identify which grade levels will be targeted, resulting in the least amount of disruption.The goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible, with all changes in place by Semester Break on January 24, 2014.
The Board is committed to reducing class size averages for all Carlsbad students, K-12, over the next few years as state revenues increase.
–CUSD Press Release