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The Pleasanton Unified School District has been offered a funding match to help meet a goal of reducing next year's first-grade classes from 30 to 25 students.
The offer comes from Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE).
Total cost for class size reduction (CSR) for the district's first-graders would be $325,000. Under PPIE's proposal, the district would have to provide $117,000 from its general fund. The remainder, $208,000, would come from PPIE.
PPIE president Bob Miller told the board at its meeting April 16 that the nonprofit hopes that the district will pursue the offer. "However, we realize you may have to reduce funding somewhere else in the budget," said Miller.
"We hope you agree that class size reduction (CSR) is a priority, and ask that this be considered as the budget is being developed," continued Miller.
PPIE raised $330,000 to fund programs at the elementary school level. It has already committed $200,000 to district literacy coaches and counselors, which are categories the district said it wants for next year.
That left $130,000 of the original amount available for other elementary school spending. Additional money is available, because PPIE held a successful benefit run earlier this month. Combining the sum raised of $78,000, which is still in the estimated stage, with surplus money above its original funding goal, adds up to $208,000, which could go toward CSR.
If the school board does not approve CSR for first grade, PPIE will put that $78,000 into a donation account for use in the 2014/15 school year. The $130,000 that is still uncommitted would be available to the district for the 2013/14 school year.
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