FAIRFIELD — Travis School District students will go to class eight fewer days next school year under an agreement approved Tuesday by the governing board.
The agreement with the teacher union saves $656,130, reduces teacher pay by 4 percent and helps eat away at the district’s estimated $1.4 million deficit for next year.
Teacher union president Jeanette Wiley on Wednesday said the cut comes on top of four days removed from the school calendar in each of the past three years, for a total of 12 days eliminated; an increase in class size at Golden West Middle School and Vanden High to 39 students; and as expenses for families rise.
“The public doesn’t see the crisis we are in because they see the kids go to school, they see the kids come home from school,” Wiley said. “The teachers are so committed to not letting the kids feel the cuts, I think the public doesn’t understand what a stretch it is for students to do that.”