By Susan Hiland
Trustees in the Fairfield-Suisun School District last week were walked through the costs of reducing class sizes across all grade levels and were hit with a harsh reality.
The district has about $50 million a year that’s not already committed to staff costs, according to district staff. The cost to cut class sizes comes with a cost of more than $52 million just in staff costs and another $331 million to $445 million in one-time costs for new facilities. And those are just baseline costs that do not include such costs as utilities and maintenance.
California Education Code Sections 41376 and 41378 in 1964 prescribe the maximum class sizes and penalties for districts with any classes that exceed the limits.