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Lodi Unified School District class sizes could change as enrollment numbers come in

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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:32 am, Wed Aug 3, 2011.

Although school started Monday, Lodi Unified School District officials will not know for weeks exactly how many students are enrolled for the 2011-12 school year.

That was among the items Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer briefed trustees on at Tuesday's regular school board meeting.

Regarding the first day of school, she sang the accolades of district staff, including those in the facilities department.

"The facilities look fabulous. They had everything ready to go," she said on Monday.

Meanwhile, staff is dealing with immediate issues like non-working air conditioners on some campuses and monitoring class sizes on a daily basis. Kindergarten classes are currently above what was expected and staffed for, according to Nichols-Washer.

"If you think about it, that's a good thing. Maybe there's a trend coming that we have more students coming in," she said.

The district has seen a steady decline in enrollment over the last three years, which corresponds with a decline in per-student funding.

Staff is now calling households of students who have not yet showed up in class to see if they will be attending Lodi Unified schools.

Currently, 10 percent of the elementary-level classes are combinations, but that could change.

"This happens every year, waiting two to three weeks until everything calms down," Nichols-Washer said, adding that more combined-grade classes could be added or even dissolved depending on enrollment.

The number of students in kindergarten classes should also be reduced in the coming weeks, she said.

Combination teachers will receive additional support from instructional coaches and master teachers who have taught combination classes in the past.

A full report on class sizes is scheduled for a board meeting later this month.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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2 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:57 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Dawes. I thoroughly agree with you on the e-verify system, although it is in effect, it is not mandatory for all employers, I think only those who are vendors or sub-contractors with the federal government, and then only if the jurisdictions decide to use e-verify or the local government passes new laws or ordinances requiring it. I wonder how many job openings would become available at the canneries, agriculture and bakery in Lodi alone if e-verify were mandatory? If our dysfunctional political system required all employers to use e-verify there would be plenty of jobs for those who are here with legal documents and US citizens. With the recent re-enactment of this "new spending" bill I've lost confidence in President Obama and compare him to our last resident, appointed by the far right judges on the Supreme Court who took us to two conflicts, Iraq and Afghanistan, to get revenge for Saddam Hussein being so mean to his daddy, another dysfunctional president. Carry on, obstructionists, we're already being declared into the beginning of a double dip recession.

     
  • William Dawes posted at 8:02 pm on Wed, Aug 3, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    As legal workers and businesses flee the Socialist State of California, they will be replaced by the illegal aliens leaving the states with E-verify. This will create less tax revenue for California, but more tax burden in health services, schooling, and crimes of illegals.

    Funny how the California Public Safety Committee is, right now, trying to figure out how to outlaw paintball guns because some dumb kid was shot by police after firing at cops. This means that in the History of paintball, 3 people have died, one was an innocent bystander, the 2 by their own stupidity. Meanwhile, thousands of citizens are subjected to the crimes of illegal aliens, and politicians like Gil Cedillo, who is also on this committee, is making laws to protect illegals and give them citizens privileges and rights. Yes, we see where the REAL SAFETY ISSUE IS......YOU'RE NOT FOOLING ANYONE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS.

     

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