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Summer classes scaled back at West Ranch High

Hart District forces decision in effort to bridge $27M budget gap

Posted: April 15, 2009 11:26 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2009 8:30 a.m.
There will be no summer school at West Ranch High School this year, thanks to district efforts to respond to a projected $27 million budget shortfall for the next three years.

By cutting back on one school site, the William S. Hart Union High School District is able to save $100,000, money that would go toward operating the school and staffing the high school over the summer, Daniel McHorney, director of summer school, said.

Students will be able to attend summer school at Canyon, Golden Valley, Saugus, Valencia high schools and Sequoia Charter School and Learning Post, McHorney said.

The Hart district’s summer school starts June 15 and runs five weeks through July 17.

Last year, the district’s 2008 summer-school program served about 6,500 students, McHorney said.

Summer school is designed for students who failed a class, want to improve a class grade, are trying to get ahead or are enrolled in a special-education program.

One impact the district anticipates from the loss of West Ranch as a summer-school site is that it will be harder for junior high school students who previously attended West Ranch for summer school to get to another school site, he said.

The district is working with the city to increase the access students have to the city bus system, Santa Clarita Transit.

A summer-school program for junior-high English and math students who are behind in credit is also being scaled back.

“We are restructuring the junior-high program because of the budget crunch,” McHorney said.

The previous summertime English and math programs, known as Segway and Extreme Math, placed students in smaller classes with a teacher and additional instructional assistants, he said.

The restructured English and math programs will still be in line with what is taught during the regular school year.

“It’s exactly what they get during the regular school year,” he said. “It’s no better and no worse than the school year.”

The number of staff members hired for the summer school program will depend on enrollment, which is not yet complete.

“Anytime you get enough students to fill a class, you hire a teacher,” McHorney said.


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