But it has 10 teachers less than last year after many have left

The Taft Union High School District is starting the new school year with 10 fewer teachers but a lot of new faces.

A major cost cutting program was implemented starting earlier this year that led to the departure of 25 Teachers over the past sixth months and the hiring of 15 news ones.

Some teachers took advantage of a a retirement incentive package, many others left for new jobs.

On Monday, three days before the first day of school, the TUHSD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of four new teachers and accepted the resignation of another.

Two special education teachers, a science teacher for Buena Vista High School and as part-time video production teacher were hired.

The board accepted the resignation of science teacher and water polo coach Nathan Usrey.

With fewer teachers, the staff will have a heavier workload.
Under an agreement between the District and the staff, teachers gave up one of two prep periods and more student contacts.
The cuts aren't limited to teaching staff, either.
After a closed door discussion, the Board approved a retirement for three classified employees.

Earlier, a similar offer was made to confidential and classified management employees and several opted to take the early retirement incentive.

Student Computer purchase.
The District is going to spend about $140,000 to buy 300 Dell laptop computers for the incoming freshman class.

The expenditure was approved, but Board member Paul Linder said he would like to have the District look at using less expensive Chromebooks used by the Taft City School District and, he said, even some high schools.

They are much cheaper, he said.

But Dells have an advantage in the amount of memory, and they are not wifi-dependent like Chromebooks, said Director of Education Technology Stacy Stansberry.

The District has already invested well over $1 million in the Dells and will be spending $140,000 to $150,00 annually to replace the computers as the get old.

The Dells carry software packages like Office which include Excel and still use Google Docs, which the elementary students use on Chromebooks, Stansberry said.