Budget Cuts to West Des Moines Schools’ Foreign Language Program

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines students will see some changes in the district’s foreign language offerings.

The district wants to trim its budget by nearly $600,000 for the upcoming school year.

Monday night, the Board of Education approved more than a dozen ways to do so. They include phasing out the Japanese program and starting Spanish education in fourth grade instead of first grade.

The cuts are a result of declining enrollment in the district.