[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
Today in
S.C.V. History
June 24
1980 - Saugus Train Station relocated to Heritage Junction [story]

| Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019
Declining enrollment means less average daily attendance funding for school districts. It’s a problem being felt across the Santa Clarita Valley, and in districts throughout the state of California. | Signal file photo.
Declining enrollment means less average daily attendance funding for school districts. It’s a problem being felt across the Santa Clarita Valley, and in districts throughout the state of California. | Signal file photo.


California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the most recent enrollment data for public schools in the state, indicating Santa Clarita Valley school districts aren’t alone in dealing with declining enrollment numbers.

The reports indicate an overall 0.8 percent decline in K-12 public school student enrollment statewide over the last four years, from 6.2 million in 2014-15 to 6.19 million in 2018-19.

And for public school districts, the decline in enrollment means a decline in average daily attendance (ADA) funding, the major backbone to most state funding for schools. For a district like the Saugus Union School District, one student in the district can account for $8,473.60 in ADA funding in the 2018-19 school year, according to officials, and that money is critical to keeping teachers hired, and, therefore, class sizes down.

“Statewide enrollment has been declining while, over the long-term, student-teacher ratios are much higher than they were maybe a generation ago,” said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the California School Boards Association. “And the matter isn’t entirely settled, but our students benefit from having more adults and instructors in the classroom.”

Flint added that having more teachers and aides in the classroom is not only connected to improving the education each student receives, but can also “properly add to the social and emotional health” of students.

And just like everywhere else, throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, the numbers of students in classroom seats is a growing concern for school districts.

Elected officials for SCV elementary school districts, such as Saugus Union, say they’ve felt the repercussions of declining enrollment, drawing parental concern after moving the district’s average class sizes closer toward the maximum allowable student ratio of 28:1 in their TK-3rd grade classrooms (per the district’s recent agreement with its teachers union), and a 31:1 teacher-to-pupil ratio in their upper-grade classrooms.

Newhall School District officials have said they’re aware of the statewide trends, but that the district’s teacher-to-pupil ratio is not going up, and that the school board “has been committed to maintaining our current class sizes.”

“From what we understand up and down the state, class sizes are going up,” said Michelle Morse, NSD assistant superintendent of human resources. “However, in NSD, we remain at a districtwide average of no more than 24:1 in TK-3rd and no more than 30:1 districtwide average in fourth to sixth (grades).”

The Castaic Union School District also says it expects to avoid increasing class sizes, but drops in enrollment do result in reductions in staffing.

“Our current enrollment numbers as of March 2019 (are) 2,044 total students, compared to 2,151 in 2017-18 and 2,241 in 2016-17,” said Stacy Dobbs, president of the Castaic Union School District governing board. “(Parents) can expect no changes in teacher-pupil ratios. We will reduce staffing as necessary to coincide with declining enrollment.”

CUSD’s agreement with its teachers association has maximum class sizes of 30 children allowed in TK-2nd, 32 allowed in third to fifth grades, and 33 allowed in sixth to eighth grades, Dobbs said. But while the maximum, for instance, in the TK and kindergarten classes is 30, the district average is still 26 and 26.1 students, respectively, Dobbs said.

During their March 13 board meeting, Sulphur Springs Union School District elected officials and district faculty heard from Gretchen Bergstrom, assistant superintendent of business services for the district, who noted Sulphur Springs’ enrollment numbers stayed relatively steady with only 59 fewer students compared to the previous school year — and the projections only call for a decrease of about 26 students in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Related Content
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
Three school districts within the Santa Clarita Valley have been recognized as 'Positive Outliers' by a statewide study for the achievements of African American and Hispanic students.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019
College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District have created the College and Career Access Pathways partnership to offer eight daytime college classes at high school campuses in the fall semester.
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019
When a group of Global Prep Academy students wanted to bridge the gap between the affluent and low-income families in the Santa Clarita community, the result was The Oasis, a project dedicated to collecting unused clothing and other donations to give back to those in need.
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019
Officials working on the construction of Castaic High School believe they’ll be able to meet the deadline to open the school, just days after it was revealed the school site was without gas piping and hookups weeks before opening.
Monday, Jun 17, 2019
The Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is set to approve its 2019-20 budget at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at 7:45 a.m.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1980 - Saugus Train Station relocated to Heritage Junction [story]
1946, 11:20pm: William S. Hart, 81, dies at L.A.'s California Lutheran Hospital, leaving his Newhall home and 80-acre estate to L.A. County and his Hollywood home to L.A. City [story]
Hart dies
Family, friends and community members gathered Saturday at Valencia United Methodist Church to remember the impact Carl Boyer III had on their lives and the community.
Founding Father Carl Boyer Remembered with Celebration of Life
1972 - Vasquez Rocks added to National Register of Historic Places [list]
Vasquez Rocks
Three school districts within the Santa Clarita Valley have been recognized as 'Positive Outliers' by a statewide study for the achievements of African American and Hispanic students.
SCV Schools Named ‘Positive Outliers’ in Statewide Study
Nico Felich, an all-state soccer player from Kansas, is ready to soak up the Southern California sun.
All-State Midfielder Nico Felich Inks With TMU Soccer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have released the agenda for their Tuesday, June 25 meeting starting at 9:30 a.m.
June 25 Meeting Agenda – LA County Supervisors
SunPower announced Friday that with Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. and SunStrong Capital Holdings, LLC, it has secured financing commitments for its residential solar lease program.
SunPower Lines Up Financing to Meet Solar Panel Demand
When Santa Clarita city father, teacher, genealogist, philanthropist and world traveler Carl Boyer was asked which of the 150-plus countries he had visited was his favorite, he would say India, without hesitation.
The Further Adventures of Carl Boyer, Part 2: India
Two citizens gave chase to a man who allegedly tried to steal a woman's cash near an ATM in Canyon Country Thursday morning and held him until deputies arrested him, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station officials reported Thursday afternoon.
Citizens Chase Down Attempted Robbery Suspect
The relationship between workers and the companies that hire them has undergone a sea change in the past 15 months, at least in California.
Who’s the Boss in the ‘Gig’ Economy? | Commentary by Carl Kanowsky, Esq.
A furniture-hauling truck caught fire as it made its way through the Grapevine on Friday morning, spilling about 10 gallons of engine oil and prompting a response by firefighters specially trained in handling hazardous materials.
Truck Hauling Furniture Catches Fire, Spills Oil
Despite scores of people traveling from all over California to express strident opposition to a bill designed to tighten vaccination requirements, the California Assembly Health Committee advanced Senate Bill 276 on Thursday.
State Vaccination Mandate Advances Amid Opposition
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau reported Friday that U.S. Marshals had confirmed the death of Jeremy Anderson in Costa Rica and SCV detectives have concluded their investigation of alleged sexual assaults by the former Santa Clarita swim instructor.
Marshals Confirm Anderson Death, Detectives Wrap Probe
Sheriff’s officials shared details Thursday about complaints filed by women earlier in the week alleging they were accosted Saturday during the Boots & Brews Country Music Festival in Central Park.
Boots and Brews Battery Reports Explained
California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled plans Friday to create a $10.5 billion wildfire recovery fund along with other provisions to address the crisis caused by large devastating wildfires over the past two years.
Newsom Unveils California Wildfire Recovery Plan
The JetHawks began play after the All-Star break with a walk-off win, 7-6, over Rancho Cucamonga Thursday night at The Hangar.
JetHawks Follow All-Star Break with Win
Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce) on Thursday led an amendment which increases funding for crucial wildfire prevention and response efforts to H.R. 3055.
House OK’s Hill Wildfire Amendment to Funding Bill
1941 - Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr's interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody). [story]
Ernie Hickson
Princess Cruises announced Wednesday it will be offering the cruise line’s second annual Monopoly Cruise for Cash promotion, the largest-hosted slot tournament with the highest cash and prizes ever offered on a Princess cruise ship.
Princess Cruises to Offer 2nd Annual Monopoly Cruise for Cash Promo
The Sierra Hillbillies will celebrate Independence Day and keep cool with ice cream sundaes on July 7 with caller Dennis Young on squares and John Downing cuing rounds for our Patriotic Sundaes Dance.
Sierra Hillbillies Announce Summer Events
The city of Santa Clarita invites residents and their families to register for a fun day-trip to the picturesque beach city of Ventura, taking place on Saturday, July 13. The low-cost summer beach excursion will allow individuals and families to explore Ventura Harbor Village and Harbor Cove Beach.
Registration Still Open for City’s Summer Beach Excursion to Ventura
An accomplished Santa Clarita Valley swim coach was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Costa Rica this week on suspicion of performing lewd acts with a child.
Pending Arrest on Pedophile Charges, SCV Swim Coach Dies
The Santa Clarita Planning Commission held a public hearing Tuesday for a parcel map change of the Orchard Village medical office building project, and heard some residents’ opposition for the overall development.
Panel Hears Details of Building Project at Site of Former Einstein Campus
%d bloggers like this: