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.