La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation officials this week confirmed a $2.1 million donation to the local public school district, capping a banner fundraising year that will translate directly to the classroom.
The money will allow the La Cañada Unified School District to hire back seven temporary elementary school teachers for the 2012-13 school year, meaning that no kindergarten through third-grade classes will have a student-teacher ratio higher than 22 to 1, Supt. Wendy Sinnette said at a school board meeting Tuesday.
Foundation donations also will result in the hiring of several full- and part-time teachers at secondary schools, Sinnette said.
“It is above and beyond,” Sinnette said of the fundraising effort. “You can't even imagine — most districts are cutting to the bone, and here we are being able to strategically add [teachers].”
In March, La Cañada Unified school board members approved the elimination of 18 district jobs, but pledged to restore them if community members gave generously to the foundation. The district will have an operating budget of $33.3 million during the coming school year, down about $100,000 from the previous year.