The Pleasanton School Board will look at two new scenarios for cutting class sizes for kindergarten through third grade at its meeting tonight.
At its last meeting, board members asked to see how much it would cost the district to accelerate class size reductions in the coming years.
One scenario, proposed by board member Chris Grant, would reduce class sizes for kindergarten through third grade to 25 students right away, and keep classes at that ratio until 2021, when state requirements would lower class sizes to 24 students. That proposal would cost the district a total of $15.9 million by 2021.
Another proposal would keep class sizes to 25 students in first grade and lower second-grade class sizes to 25 students while gradually reducing class sizes in kindergarten and third grade, and dropping all class sizes to 24 by the 2019 school year. That would cost the district a total of $16 million by 2021.
There are three other scenarios also up for consideration. One would keep class sizes at at 25 students in first and second grand and 30 students in kindergarten and third grade next year, then cut third grade class sizes to 25 students in 2016, with kindergarten class sizes cut to 25 in 2017, and all class sizes cut to 24 in 2018 at a cost of $16.1 million.
Another would keep class sizes at 25 for first grade, then gradually cut class sizes equally among the other grades, with all class sizes at 24 by 2019 at a total cost of more than $15.3 million.
The remaining scenario would keep first grade class sizes at 25 for first grade next year, then cut second and third grade classes to 25 students in 2015, make all classes 25 students by 2016, and cut all class sizes to 24 in 2017 at a total cost of nearly $18 million.
The board will also consider permanently bringing back some of the jobs and programs it brought back this year on a one-time basis. Deputy Superintendent Luz Cazares has recommended restoring about $2.9 million -- $1.8 million in staff and programs on an ongoing basis and another $1.1 million in one-time restorations for the next school year.
Those include $640,000 for instructional coaches in literacy, math and technology, allocate put $550,000 toward maintenance and $408,000 to bring back counselors at elementary, middle and high schools.
The school board meets in open session tonight at 7 p.m. in the district board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.