ACUSD applies for Class Size Reduction Program

Several items were discussed Wednesday at the Amador County Unified School District board of trustees meeting, including the district’s 2009-10 audit report, class size reductions for kindergarten through third grade and a public hearing to reduce the number of board members from seven to five.

Both ACUSD and the Amador County Office of Education underwent a regular audit and bond report performed by Stephen Roatch Accountancy Corp., who said the district’s audit was deemed fair as of June 30, 2010.

Auditor Habbas Nassar presented the findings to the board, and said that he found the district’s reserve fund adequate for 2009-10 school year, as well as for 2010-11.

“Based on the size of the district’s average daily attendance, the state recommends a minimum reserve of at least 3 percent,” Nassar said. “As of June 30, 2010, the district has 8.2 percent reserve, so it has exceeded the requirement.”

On the ACOE audit, Nassar said everything looked accountable. “We had no findings in the county office of education,” he said. “The last two fiscal years, we’ve had no findings in ACOE.”

The board passed the ACUSD and ACOE audit reports 5-0.

The district also announced its operations application for Class Size Reduction Program funds, which will help to lower kindergarten through third-grade class sizes.

“As a condition for applying and receiving Class Size Reduction funds, we have to fill out an estimated application and have board approval in winter of every year,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti.

The board passed the application for the Class Size Reduction Program 5-0.

In other news, four ACUSD board members stepped down late last year, and Lynnette Lipp and Rose Oneto were sworn into the board in a special meeting held Dec. 10 at the Jackson Civic Center. The reduction of the board from seven to five trustees requires a request to the State Board of Education for a waiver to decrease the size of the board.

ACUSD was required to post a Notice of Hearing separate from the meeting agenda, which was completed. A public hearing was held at the meeting, but members of the public declined to comment.

Also discussed at the meeting were the enrollment numbers at Cosumnes River College. Enrollment for CRC classes held in Amador County has increased for the spring semester, according to ACUSD Superintendent Dick Glock.

“Right now, we’re a little ahead – we’re a little over 1 percent,” he said. “It may not seem like that much, but we went up 1 percent last year, and that means about $275,000 to us. That’s a big number, in terms of the budget.”

CRC classes began Jan. 15 at the Amador Learning Center, located at 525 Independence Drive, in Sutter Creek. The last day to enroll is Jan. 30. For more information, call 223-6330.

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