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City to Manage Adult Ed Program Starting in the Spring

AUSD could no longer afford to maintain the program after the state changed the way it funded adult education.

Anticipating a deficit of $11,000, Albany Unified School District shifted responsibility Tuesday for its adult education program to the city’s Recreation and Community Services Department.

After the state changed the way it funded adult ed, AUSD tried to keep its program viable by raising fees, no longer renting outside classrooms, and ending contracts for web design. The program still lost $5,432 in the fall quarter when it served 247 students in 12 different classes ranging from ESL to ballroom dancing.

According to AUSD, 74 percent of the students last quarter were not Albany residents.

As part of the city’s recreation department, teachers will keep 60 percent of student fees and the city will keep 40 percent for the cost of the classroom, staff time and advertising the classes in the city’s activity guide.

The city will manage classes starting in April. 

Ellen Davis January 10, 2013 at 05:18 PM
If you've lived in Albany for more than five years, you probably have taken a class at Albany Adult School. This program has been known and used for years by Albany residents as well as people in other communities. And then the district stopped sending the class brochure, and they they stopped having a principal and/or someone who was more than a caretaker. If this isn't the death of the Adult Education (AE) program in Albany, I will be pleasantly shocked. Not only that, but the action to pass the activity onto the Rec. Dept. was done after no public hearing, very little notice to the public and no attempts to revive, revitalize or promote programs. Furthermore, this action was taken because of there was a $11,000 loss, which in government is not a huge amount when the alternative could be to strengthen and improve a program to become self sustaining. This action shows a lack of imagination and problem solving on the part of the district and board of education.
Alex Gronke January 10, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Hi Ellen, It's worth mentioning that Gov. Brown's budget released today includes the idea of shifting all adult school management to community college districts. So perhaps AUSD was ahead of the curve on this. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/10/5104500/gov-jerry-brown-to-propose-more.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories
Holly White January 10, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I'm inclined to disagree. The status and financial instability of the Adult Ed. department has been discussed at many many board of education meetings--all of which are open to the public. The district overhauled the program last year in an attempt to save it. It's not working and it is now a drain on the personnel and financial resources of the district. The district's primary responsibility must be to the PreK-12 kids of our city. Given that 74 percent of the people using Adult Ed. aren't even Albanians, the district has done the right thing.

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