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It may not be your core curriculum, but teacher Brian Farnsworth says PE is an important part of every child's education. It may not be your core curriculum, but teacher Brian Farnsworth says PE is an important part of every child's education.
But future budget cuts could put more kids under his supervision. But future budget cuts could put more kids under his supervision.

Almost any teacher will tell you they are worried about having a job next year. The cuts are so big they say it's inevitable that someone they know or they themselves will be on the chopping block.

It may not be your core curriculum, but teacher Brian Farnsworth says PE is an important part of every child's education.

"It gives them a chance to get outside of the classroom and be social and be themselves -- to move and be active. Once a kid gets out moving, it helps their learning later on in the day," he said.

But he has his hands full teaching on average 50 students per class, "I could have 55 to 60 kids on the tennis courts and you are out moving around and monitoring, but it is impossible to have your eye on every kid at all times so safety does become an issue. That's something we are concerned about."

But future budget cuts could put more kids under his supervision. The district is considering increasing class sizes and cutting some teaching positions. Though they haven't said exactly where, teachers all over the valley are worried.

"If we were to lose one PE teacher, I would anticipate that every teacher's class would go up a minimum of 10 students per class. So now you are looking at 50 to 70 kids per class. On top of that, you lose so much supervision," said Farnsworth.

CCSD Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler calls the entire situation heartbreaking, "86-percent of our budget is salary and benefits. 89-percent of those are in schools. It makes it extremely difficult to make cuts to the magnitude of that level without affecting staffing levels, salaries, things like that."

For now, teachers like Farnsworth can only hope the job they hold today.

If you want to voice your concerns to district leaders, you still have time. Another town hall meeting will get underway at 6 p.m. tonight at Chaparral High School. If you can't make it to the meeting, it will be streamed live on CCSD's website. 

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