- Published on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 03:39
- Written by Eliza Ridgeway - Town Crier Staff Writer
Cuts finalized this month for the Mountain View/Los Altos Adult School removed satellite programming and raised fees but preserved core services for the time being. Whether more reductions will follow the initial round of $1.3 million in cuts remains up in the air, according to district administrators, and may not be sorted out for some time to come.
"All of us are on pins and needles, because we don’t think any of us in education will walk away unscathed," said Adult School Director Laura Stefanski said.
Stefanski said the reduced-size school would "focus on our core programs and services, basic educational services, career and job training, better opportunities for employment ... and full integration into the community."
With $370,606 in cuts, the Adults with Disabilities program is losing community outreach classes in Santa Clara and Menlo Park, with an overall decrease of 45 percent in instructional hours. Support staff are also being eliminated from the program, though the four teachers working at the Mountain View location are expected to remain next year.
"We'll be able to hold classes for the community, that's the main thing," said program coordinator Aileen Genoff. "There're going to be some more cuts, and we're really hopeful that the cuts won't be from our program. ... Hopefully, we'll be able to keep the curriculum intact."
English as a Second Language classes were also reduced by 44 percent, with 16 classes eliminated and two citizenship classes consolidated into one. There will be fewer off-site ESL programs, which until now had been offered at the Mountain View recreation center and at some elementary schools.
All older-adult classes are scheduled to convert to being self-supporting, using fees, as of July 1. The district's three parent education programs are slated to become self-sufficient in July, with tuition increases. The school also trimmed $143,768 from general operations, reducing noncredentialed staff and postponing capital improvements.
The older-adults program in convalescent homes was eliminated entirely, for a savings of $64,106, as was the Project ABLE volunteer tutoring program.