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uality and hallmark that Los Alamos has long valued. Community conversations and strategic plan surveys continually reinforce the importance of maintaining small class sizes.
Over the past several years, budget constraints have made it increasingly more difficult to honor our community’s desire for small class size.
Significant reductions in state funding this past spring created a $2 million shortfall in our school budget, which had a direct bearing on the decision to increase class size.
School administration and the school board recognize small class size is important to our community. Efforts were made to preserve this value by reducing and/or eliminating budget items to preserve small class sizes.
Despite these efforts, reductions in teaching staff were still necessary to bring the budget into balance. Reductions of seven elementary teaching positions through attrition were made during the budget building process this past spring.
The reduction in staffing resulted in larger class sizes in the second grade at Aspen, Mountain and Barranca Elementary Schools. Second grade class sizes at these schools range from a low of 24 at Aspen and Barranca to a high of 27 at Mountain.
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