The Gilbert Unified School District hired 20 additional teachers to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms before classes began last week.
The teachers were placed across the district, Gilbert district spokeswoman Dianne Bowers said in an e-mail. The district was still examining enrollment figures, which often fluctuate during the first two weeks of school, she said. Classes began Aug. 7.
The governing board voted this summer to use about $1 million to reduce class sizes. The district administration had recommended using the funds to give a salary increase to classified staff - classroom aides, bus drivers, school secretaries and others.
Earlier in the year, the board approved salary increases for teachers that resulted in a 3 percent raise on the salary schedule.
Nonteachers received a 2 percent stipend last year, but that was not placed on the salary schedule this year.