German immersion teacher Gabriele Arseneault talks to Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School students about a book her class read together on the first day of the 2018-19 school year.

German immersion teacher Gabriele Arseneault talks to Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School students about a book her class read together on the first day of the 2018-19 school year. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)

Here are some specifics about the Department of Defense Education Activity's plan to tweak staffing standards, consolidate classes with low attendance and shed more than 300 “excess” positions. The move was intended to free up funds for school needs such as infrastructure from a budget top-heavy with payroll expenses. The cuts will take effect before the next school year.

In addition to elementary foreign languages, teachers are reporting that Nile C. Kinnick High School at Yokosuka Naval Base and E.J. King High School at Sasebo Naval Base, both in Japan, will both lose their Chinese language classes, Federal Education Association spokesman Gary Hritz said.

Kubasaki High School on Okinawa stands to lose French, guitar, piano, Advanced Placement calculus BC and math lab classes.

Daegu Middle/High School in South Korea stands to lose its Advancement Via Individual Determination college preparation program and Reading 180, Hritz said. Humphreys High School is likely to see reductions in the number of social studies and science classes.

In Europe, SHAPE High School in Belgium is allegedly losing its culinary arts class; Spangdahlem High School in Germany is reportedly losing German classes; Spangdahlem Middle School stands to lose its Spanish and applied technology classes, as well as reduced sections of physical education and music, Hritz said.

Wiesbaden High School stands to lose French and career practicum, as well as sections of robotics and science. Ramstein High School will reportedly lose French and robotics along with sections of social studies. Kaiserslautern High School will offer fewer electives, and class sizes are expected to balloon to between 25-30 students in core classes.

Stuttgart High School stands to lose French and video communications. Vilseck High School will reportedly lose culinary arts, upper level German, as well as sections of core classes, Hritz said. Brussels American School in Belgium will reportedly lose drama and humanities with “possible cuts” to special education services, he said.

Alconbury Middle High School in England is reportedly losing high school robotics, gaming technology/web design, research, drama and speech, and middle school choir, drama and environmental science, Hritz said. They also stand to lose remedial math labs at the middle and high school levels. Twitter: @stripesktown

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Grafenwoehr, Germany, for Stars and Stripes since 2024. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Okinawa, Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the news organization. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.

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