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Lodi Unified schools start Tuesday with overcrowded classrooms

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Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 7:06 am, Mon Jul 26, 2010.

What's an extra two or three students in a classroom? Too many, according to local teachers, who are in the midst of stalled contract negotiations.

Because of budget cuts, come Tuesday, some high school courses in Lodi Unified School District could have more than 50 students enrolled. Kindergarten could have as many as 33 in a classroom — or more

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14 comments:

  • Jennifer Wise posted at 9:05 pm on Mon, Jul 26, 2010.

    Jenny Wise Posts: 5

    We will see what happens tomorrow, its going to ba a big fat mess! They need to cut at the top not the bottom!
    Thats my point, Have a good night!

     
  • Jennifer Wise posted at 9:02 pm on Mon, Jul 26, 2010.

    Jenny Wise Posts: 5

    Darrell, The private sector does not have to report to the OSHA, Williams act. Custodians are a HUGEpaart of educating a child.
    They deserve to learn in a Clean and safe environment. The Teachers deserve to Teach in a safe and clean environment.
    Nothing happens unless the custodians are on duty such as, Promotion, Graduation, Back-to -school night, lunch, breckfast,I could go on and on.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:52 pm on Mon, Jul 26, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jenny Wise posted at 3:07 pm on Mon, Jul 26, 2010.
    Posts: 3 As far as Dangling pronouns let's talk about VERBS. This means you will be "CLEANING" (verb), your own rooms.

    Many businesses in the private sector do not have janitorial service. It is time to eliminate this service altogether as well as busing. Its time to prioritize.

     
  • Jennifer Wise posted at 3:07 pm on Mon, Jul 26, 2010.

    Jenny Wise Posts: 5

    As far as Dangling pronouns let's talk about VERBS. This means you will be "CLEANING" (verb), your own rooms.

     
  • Jennifer Wise posted at 11:20 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Jenny Wise Posts: 5

    Hi, Marthha I have met you before. Were you a Teacher coach,? I worked at LTA for a while.
    Jean, the Custodians you are refering to are "day Custodians". I beleive there is one at Liberty High, Plaza, Lincoln Tech and one more. They all work split shifts. Most Elementary schools last year had a (day) Head Custodian and 2 p.m. Custodians. This year their will only be 1 day person and 1 p.m. person.
    This will only allow us to clean every other night or every 3rd day possible depending on whats going on.
    I can tell you the schools are going to be a mess, with class sizes that large.

     
  • Jean Ruby posted at 10:15 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Jean Ruby Posts: 4

    Jenny, not all the elementary schools have two custodians, i know of at least one that only has a 'Custodian in Charge'. one person cleaing the school, doing the watering of the grounds, serves over any lunch meals, and whatever the Principle or Teachers ask this person to do.

     
  • Martha Snider posted at 10:12 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Martha Snider Posts: 1

    Jennifer, thanks for writing the article. I am a Social Science teacher, not a Math teacher. While the facts are correct about the conditions Lodi Unified students face come Tuesday, your quotations are a bit scrambled with dangling pronouns. Again, thank you for your efforts to enlighten the community on what is happening to public education.

     
  • simon tosh-robb posted at 8:51 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    simon Tosh-robb Posts: 3

    "Construction workers pounded wooden stakes into the dirt at DeBenedetti Park on From the Stockton Record
    "Construction workers pounded wooden stakes into the dirt at DeBenedetti Park on Wednesday afternoon, forming sidewalk molding along the outer edges of the long-awaited athletic fields.
    The $1.25 million first phase of the park is on track ......................................................
    . Sign of the times, this is happening while the schools lack money, I say where has common sense gone, I guess along with the 8 track, cassette recorders, ....
    The park could wait,
    Whereas 1.25 million may not be enough, it certainly would help.

     
  • Jennifer Wise posted at 6:36 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Jenny Wise Posts: 5

    Hi Bob! You know the way they have cut Custodial services, with this many students to a class is almost illegal!
    The more students that you have in a class the more germs are spread, they are almost causing a public health emergencey by the cuts they have made.
    Every Elementary site will have one Head Custodian and one P.M. Custodian. How is one person going to clean 50 plus rooms?
    It will never happen, at the high school level Each Custodian is cleaning 27 classrooms plus 3 large bathrooms, which means the classrooms will NOT be cleaned on a daily basis at the High school, Middle School, or the Elementary level this spells disaster to me!

     
  • Bob Silvano posted at 6:23 pm on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    960 sq. ft. becomes 710 sq. ft. when you subtract the space required for a desk for 40 students, and if you assume 2.25 sq. ft. for the chair (18" X 18"), which is being conservative. Reduce that even further by the teachers desk, chair, file cabinets, book shelves, cubbies, coat rack, chair for parents conference, computer, printer, and any other item that requires floor space, and all of a sudden your down to 610 sq. ft. on the conservative side.

     
  • Gerald Krein posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Jul 25, 2010.

    Gerald Krein Posts: 20

    Jerry you missed the point altogether. The students who want to learn and have the parental support will do just fine with more students in the class. Those students that have no drive and parental support will use class size as an excuse not to succeed.

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 5:08 pm on Sat, Jul 24, 2010.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Gerald, when I went to college, large classes were held in Auditorium Classrooms. I attended many of them. There is no such thing here in LUSD. Perhaps you should try and understand that problem before you jump to conclusions.

     
  • Gerald Krein posted at 4:49 pm on Sat, Jul 24, 2010.

    Gerald Krein Posts: 20

    My children graduated from High School in 1998. They attended Lodi Elementary Schools where the cut off for class size was 31. They ended grades 7th thru 12th at Lincoln Unified. There class sizes were larger than they have been the last ten years. They went onto the University of California System where the class size was in excess of 100 and went as high as 800. They graduated in four years and went on to be gainfully employed. I think too many people put too much emphasis on class size. I think parental support and the effort the children decide to put into their work have the biggest impact. You can be in a class of 5 with no parental support and no ambition and be a complete failure. In tough times adjustments have to be made and in most cases excessively complaining about it only makes it worse.

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 12:26 pm on Sat, Jul 24, 2010.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Jennifer, have you ever thought to look into the cost of Equity Training in the school district as one of the culprits in the Budget Crisis we are experiencing?

     
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