Local residents who believe that smaller class sizes improve the quality of education were credited by a school board official for nearly doubling the annual donation from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation to La Cañada Unified during the past school year.
La Cañada school board President Scott Tracy and Supt. Wendy Sinnette in January accepted a check for $2 million from the foundation, reflecting contributions made by the community during the 2010-2011 school year, is was announced Monday. Foundation President Paul Murray noted it was a record amount for the organization, exceeding the donation for the previous school year by $900,000.
Tracy said the district is already enjoying the benefits of last year's campaign, as all of the money donated by the foundation was raised in the prior school year and already is budgeted into this school year.
In response to parents who voiced their concerns that lower grades were the result of too many children in each teacher’s class, the student-teacher ratio was reduced this school year to an average of less than 20 students/classroom in grades K-3 (with classes ranging from 16 to 21 students) and an average of 31 students in grades 4-6, Tracy said.