Budget, “virtual” teacher to board

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT headquarters (OC Tribune photo).

Approval of the 2021-2022 budget and the creation of a new teaching classification top the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Westminster School District Board of Trustees.

Total expenditures for the new school year are estimated at $142,553,690. Enrollment is projected to decline from 8,785 pupils this year to 8,422, reflecting a reduction facing most Orange County public school systems.

The board will consider approval of the classification of “virtual learning teacher” to provide support for students involved in independent study and virtual learning platforms from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.

Such a teacher would deliver both live and online instruction. Approval by the board would authorize the creation of the classification, not the actual hiring of a teacher at this time.

The WSD board will meet via teleconference in public session at 7 p.m. The Westminster School District is a K-8 district serving most of Westminster and portions of adjoining communities.

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