By Richard Bammer
Three options for the Cambridge Elementary Spanish Immersion Program for kindergartners and a public hearing about the “sunshining” of contract proposals from classified, or school-support, employees are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
District administrators last summer discontinued the Cambridge kindergarten Spanish Immersion class when only a dozen families expressed interest in enrolling their children in the program in the fall of 2014. District officials, citing declining enrollments in SI, maintained that a minimum of 24 students was needed to justify the hiring of a full-time teacher.
It is the first of the three options, that is, according to agenda documents, if enough students sign up by May 1, then the class will be formed and a teacher hired. Additionally, attendance will need to be maintained at 24 students through the first 15 days of the school year, which begins in August, or the students will be assigned to an English-only class and Option No. 2 would take effect.