Central Fresno Adult School site may downsize

The Fresno BeeOctober 21, 2013 

Fresno Unified's Adult School could scale back its classroom space at its Manchester Center location under a plan poised for approval this week that promises to save the district more than $200,000 each year.

The new five-year lease agreement for the central Fresno school that offers community and technical education classes would cut classroom space from 21,779 square feet to 7,828 square feet by January.

The school board is set to take up the plan at its meeting on Wednesday.

Documents from the district estimate the downsized space would cost the district $120,000 each year for rent, 64% less than the $333,042 it has paid annually since 2008.

School board President Valerie Davis said the school has lots of space, but wasn't using it. She said there are no plans to cut course offerings or staff.

"We're still having all the classes we have, the teachers are still there, it's business as usual."

Andre Pecina, principal at the Fresno Adult School, said the savings could be used to add more classes. The school offers computer, dance, business and sewing courses right now.

Pecina said the money might also be spent on new laptops or computers to accommodate changes to the GED, a high school certification test that's moving online in January.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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