will start next week with two fewer teachers.
A computer applications teacher and a Spanish teacher are being moved to other schools to balance class sizes across the district, officials said.
Fred Jackson, Rosemont’s sole computer teacher, will start next week as a full-time substitute at John F. Kennedy High School. He said he’s “saddened” by the change.
“I had five classes and each of them had 30 to 35 students,” Jackson said in an email. “Most of them were happy and on track. This is devastating to them. More important though is the extra work I do with students that they are certainly going to lose.”
Principal Leise Martinez declined to say what would happen to the students currently taking classes from the teachers being moved, and said more information will be provided at a meeting 4 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. She also declined to give the name of the Spanish teacher being moved.
In a phone message that went out to parents Thursday night, she apologized for any inconvenience created by the changes.
“Many schools have lost enrollment during these challenging economic times,” a written copy of her phone message said. “Rosemont High School is no exception; two teachers will move to other sites, one in computer applications and one in Spanish. Your students will continue to have access to graduation requirements, including a checklist for technical proficiency and college preparatory elective options, with the opportunity for Spanish level 4.”
Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Gabe Ross said the process of moving teachers is designed to account for fluctuations in enrollment at a school, grade level or specific subject.
“During the third week of school, we begin the process of balancing class sizes around the district to ensure that we aren't over-staffed at some sites or over our contract-limit class sizes at others,” Ross said in an email. “This process is mandated by contract.”
He added that the district’s means there’s no room to be overstaffed in any one area.
At the time of this posting, Rosemont High School’s four Spanish teachers haven’t responded to emails seeking comment.