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CUSD Class Size Reduction in Grades K-3 to Begin 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.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

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

glenn bernard December 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM
No need to wait for "state revenues to increase." Carlsbad City Council can create school revenue overnight simply by bringing back valuable, enjoyable, and taxable ocean views to this hilly seaside town. The way to do this is to enact a view protection ordinance, as they have done in Malibu, Del Mar, Pacific Palisades, and other first-class cities.. Applicable only to non-native trees, at least for now. When the envied family at the top of the hill get an extra $350K for the view when they sell, it will positively impact the values in the entire area, even for the people down the hill. Most veteran Carlsbad cops know many stories and addresses where friction between neighbors often results in one of them eliminating/obstructing the other's view.

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