Lake Tahoe Community College likely to trim PE offerings
Lake Tahoe Community College will need to scale back its physical education offerings in order to prepare for the state’s budget decisions.
In early January, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report stating that physical education classes are not in the mission of California community colleges, said Lori Gaskin, LTCC vice president of student services and academic affairs.
The primary mission for community colleges is to provide transfer credits to a major university, career technical education and basic skills courses, Gaskin said.
In the May revision of the state budget, the governor reduced funding physical education and recreation classes, Gaskin said.
The governor’s proposed budget reduces apportionments for PE and recreation courses statewide by $120 million – 40 percent of what was originally allocated, according to the California Community College Athletic Association Web site.
The reduced funding for physical and recreation education has not been approved, but colleges have been encouraged to focus on the primary mission, Gaskin said.
At the LTCC Board of Trustees meeting, it was suggested that PE instruction assistant hours be reduced from 400 to 40 hours.
Even thought the budget hasn’t been approved, LTCC Interim Vice President of Business Services Guy Lease said it’s pretty clear that the message is to scale back PE offerings statewide.
Lease said the physical education classes meet the needs and desires of the community, and now colleges are being treated as if it is wrong to offer them.
LTCC President Paul Killpatrick said the message from the government is physical education shouldn’t be subsidized, and active adults should join gyms if they want to stay fit.
Board member Frederick “Fritz” Wenck said the news is unfortunate because recreation courses are some of LTCC’s signature classes.
Gaskin said the governor’s proposal did not define what “recreation courses” were, so it is still unclear which classes would receive reduced apportion-ments.
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