Hanford schools will lose more than 30 staff members

HANFORD, Calif. More than 30 teachers, administrators and counselors will be noticeably absent at both Hanford High and Hanford West High Schools next year.

Hanford joint Union High School District is facing a nearly $3 million deficit next school year.

More than a third of the Hanford High School district cuts will be felt here at the adult school where up to 3,000 students attend classes annually.

Superintendent William Fishbough says one million of the adult school's $1.6 million dollar budget will be slashed with two-thirds of its general education teachers laid off.

He says the district has to put its high school students first.

"Our goal is to although reducing the number of teachers which cause class sizes to go up, they are still our priority so we're trying to impact the students' programs as little as possible," Superintendent William Fishbough said.

"I think that people were expecting it as the year went on unfortunately," Dorothy Crass said.

Crass says one key program that will be gone next year is high school diploma classes.

Hundreds of current high school students, who don't have room in their schedule to complete all their credits at school, use the adult school to take those extra classes to graduate.

Next year, it's unclear where they'll be able to go, especially since other adult schools in the area have shut down.

"I'm very sad to see that happen because we've got a lot of people out there we'd rather see working and being productive," Crass said.

Officials say the adult school will now be used as more of a vocational center. Nursing, welding and other fee-based programs will still be offered.

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