The Pleasanton school board will meet tonight to consider three alternatives to reducing class sizes for early elementary school students over the next few years.
No decision is set to be made tonight, but the board will hear about plans that would reduce class sizes either in the 2015-16 school year, the 2016-17 school year or in the 2018-19 year.
The first plan would work gradually, keeping class sizes at 25-1 for first graders and include second graders in the 2015-16 school year, cut class sizes to 25-1 for third graders the next year and bring all students to 25-1 in 2016-17. Class sizes would be cut to 24-1 for all students the following year.
Scenario two would keep first graders at 25-1, then gradually reduce class sizes to 25-1 for all other classes by 2018-19
Under the third plan, class sizes for first through third graders would be cut to 25-1 in 2015-16, with class sizes for kindergartners going from 30-1 to 25-1 in the 2016-17 school year.
The main difference between the three scenarios is the cost. Cutting class sizes to 25-1 in the 2015-16 school year under the third alternative would cost $9.7 million by the 2018-19 school year, nearly $2 million more than the second alternative. Gradually reducing class sizes over time would cost just shy of $8.2 million.
All three scenarios would also eliminate staggered reading over time -- in the 2018-19 school year under the first alternative, in the 2019-20 school year in the second and in the 2017-18 school year in the third.
The board will also consider giving management and confidential employees a one-time bonus of 1% of salary and a 1.1% raise, the same deal the school board approved for both its unions. The compensation package would cost the district $170,000.
The board will also hear a report on enrollment, which has been trending slightly down for elementary and high school students but up in middle schools.
The school board meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the district board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.