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Schools address athletic fees, class-size reduction

William Ferchland

Athletic fees and the possible reinstatement of class-size reduction are the centerpieces of tomorrow’s early morning meeting for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education.

A workshop on program funding and moving resources for next school year will kick off the meeting after public comment. Almost two hours is slated for the workshop before discussion on athletic fees and class-size reduction.

The board is facing two tight timelines on the athletic fees. A decision should be made before May 25 so high school officials can notify the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. In addition, the $175,000 cut, or some sort of related income, for the athletic fund must materialize on the third interim budget which is due to the county by May 31.

“The time is critical,” said Wendy David, board president.

The board will also discuss the possibility of saving class-size reduction, which keeps the number of students at 20 per teacher in the primary grades.

The program’s elimination for next school year cut two dozen teachers and stirred anger among many parents. It costs the district more than $200,000 while the state contributes about $1 million.

“I believe that there’s just going to be more information given to us regarding (class-size reduction) and any questions whether it can be implemented at any level,” David said.

David said a temporary pay cut for teachers, which some parents and instructors support, will not be addressed as a way to find extra money.


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