Work on cutting $7.1 million from the budget of Dublin City Schools continued last week with the approval of larger class sizes at the elementary level.

Work on cutting $7.1 million from the budget of Dublin City Schools continued last week with the approval of larger class sizes at the elementary level.

Along with the announcement of nine jobs to be cut from the central office over the next two years, the Dublin Board of Education last week adopted the annual enrollment capacity that increases class sizes in elementary schools.

The first round of proposed reductions went before the board early last month as the district works to cut $7.1 million from its budget in the wake of a failed 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue last November.

An increase in class sizes at the elementary level was included, and enrollment figures were adopted by the board during a Jan. 25 meeting.

Caps for classes at the kindergarten and first-grade level were approved to increase from 24 to 26. In grades 2 and 3, class caps would increase from 26 to 28. The cap for class sizes in grades 4 and 5 would increase from 29 to 30 students.

Board members also heard the first reading of the high school handbook and revisions to the graduation policy that includes the change in physical education requirements that is expected to save the district money.

Early last month, a plan was announced to allow high school students to get a waiver for one physical education credit if they participate in two semesters of sports.

Tracey Miller, director of secondary education, told ThisWeek that students are required to take two physical education courses at 0.25 credit for a total of 0.5 credit to graduate.

Under the plan, students must take one physical education course but could earn the other credit by playing two consecutive semesters of such sports as football and then basketball or two semesters of marching band.

Assistant Superintendent Mich-ael Trego said students would not be allowed to use the waiver during their senior year in case of an injury or other problem that stops them from completing two semesters of a sport.

"It cannot be a club sport," he said. "It has to be a school sport."

Other cuts outlined last month include a change in busing for high school students. The district plans to save money on positions and fuel by adding group bus stops that pick up more students at one time.

"We're probably at completion of almost two buildings," Superintendent David Axner said of the busing plan last week.

The district changed its start-stop times in the fall, pushing the elementary start time back by about 30 minutes to 9:28 a.m.

According to Axner, parents have complained that the start time was too late. Something could be worked out with the new busing plan for high school students, though.

"We may be able to grab a chunk of time with group bus stops," he said. "That may take care of that."

The district is also at work on changing the high school day from eight periods to seven and cutting technology support services to save money.

"We want to save money so we can go to voters with less millage," Axner said.

More information on reductions will be announced over the next few months. According to Axner, dollar figures for cuts are expected to be brought to the board at the Feb. 13 meeting, and the number of teachers to be cut should be presented during the Feb. 27 meeting.