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Victor Valley Elementary School District Budgets for New Teachers to Meet Student Growth

According to the Victorville Daily Press, July 24, 2015, the Victor Valley Elementary School District’s recently projected budget for the 2015-16 school year addresses continual student population growth and aims to meet the same objectives as the state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan through hiring new teachers and providing them with professional development. The budget, which was approved at the VESD’s June 2015 meeting, was updated at the July 2015 board meeting, since the district’s “operating budget is being updated to reflect the state’s enacted budget,” according to board president Joyce Chamberlain. The general funds will include a revenue estimate of $110 million and expenditure estimates of $107 million with an estimated surplus of $2.7 million. Director of Fiscal Services Jacqueline Jauregui said that the district’s enrollment has grown by 634 students over the last three years, and that this trend is expected to continue for the upcoming school year. “As we continue to grow, we also continue to reduce class sizes in grades kindergarten through third grade with a goal of 24-to-1 by the fiscal year 2020-21,” Jauregui said. To accommodate this growth and smaller class sizes, VESD is hiring 25 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year. Along with hiring the new teachers, Chamberlain said that the updates to the budget will reflect Gov. Jerry Brown’s focus on professional development in the state budget. In preparing for the projections in the LCFF, the district is building a new school to accommodate class size reduction. The district’s 18th school is expected to open for the 2016-17 school year.

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