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Adult School cutbacks saving $721,000
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The Humpty Dumpty preschool is scheduled to remain at the Lindbergh Educational Center.

Under the proposed adult education program plan for the 2010-2011 school year, the parent cooperative program – included is two-days-a-week toddler class, a three-times-a-week preschool class and one-night biweekly parent education class – will be scaled down.

Rather than 31 weeks, Humpty Dumpty is penciled in for 30 weeks come next year, with the preschool paying $5,000 of the teachers’ salaries in 2010-2011, $11,000 that following year, and all in three years down the road.

Those involved may have to rely on fundraisers by then, according to Principal Diane Medeiros.

“Our plan is for Humpty Dumpty to be self-sufficient in three years,” she said at Monday’s school board meeting.

Some classes, however, are expected to be eliminated from the proposed adult education course schedule including the classical guitar class.

All told, Manteca Unified officials anticipate slashing about $721,000 from next year’s budget. This includes $566,231 in savings from reducing personnel and $155,034 by scaling back the programs.

Superintendent Jason Messer indicated that the vice principal position will be left vacant due to a retirement, thus, saving the district about $86,000.

“Some of the other positions could be reassigned within the district,” Medeiros said.

In keeping with the goals of the Federal and State Work Force Investment Act, the adult school will maintain the focus on its primary mission of providing essential classes, in particular, those looking to improve their English language skills, job skills, or earning a high school diploma or GED.

The school condensed many of the non-essential programs and classes while reducing the number of classes and personnel in order to maintain the core program.

Those at the adult school can continue seeking their high school diploma, GED preparation, basic literacy, ESL (English as a Second Language) or pursue career technical education courses.

 The latter consists of keyboarding, introductory Word, Office Publisher and Excel classes; Medical Terminology and Transcription; and woodshop.

Don Scully is currently enrolled in the Medical Terminology class.

“Some of my classmates are looking at careers as a medical assistant or medical transcriber,” he said,

Scully added, “The knowledge we receive from these classes will be with us for the rest of our lives.”

Diane Medeiros, meanwhile, mentioned that the list of adult school courses would need to be finalized by the end of June.

“Our catalogue (of classes for the upcoming year) has to be out by the first week of August,” she said.