Updated: Tue, May 12, 2009, 6:15 am
Uploaded: Mon, May 11, 2009, 4:50 pm
Pleasanton district to receive additional $4.2M from feds' ARRA
School board meets tonight on update of state budget, funds
The Pleasanton Unified School District is slated to receive about $4.2 million from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This would be in addition to about $2.1 million the district would also receive for special education.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Luz Cazares is expected to update the school board on the state of the budget at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the district board room.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced preliminary allocations of $2.56 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds would be would be available for public education, and that an additional $1.1 billion would be available in the fall.
Myla Grasso, spokeswoman for PUSD, said they are unsure when the money would come to the district, since the state is running behind. Funds for special education were supposed to have been received in March and it's still not available.
Unlike the special education dollars, however, Grasso said there don't appear to be categorical restrictions on how the money would be used, except to save jobs and provide new and innovative programs.
The $4,244,533 to be received is said to be an estimate at this time.
"It is important to note that this is one-time money, and there is no expectation that the federal government will continue this type of support for schools," she said. "Most professional organizations are recommending that school districts be very cautious in how they use these funds, particularly as the downturn in school funding is expected to last three to five years."
Two upcoming elections have potential to impact funding to public education. The first is for state propositions 1A to 1F on May 19, and the second is over the parcel tax, Measure G, on June 2.
"The independent Legislative Analyst's Office is estimating the potential shortfall for the state budget at up to $20 billion for this year and next," Grasso said in a statement.
The district's budget would need to be approved before June 30, Grasso said, so she expects those discussions to take place in early June.
Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 12, 2009 at 9:18 am
There is a good editorial in the Sacramento Bee today on the public employees who are making more than $100,000 per year in pensions. You can find it at: Web Link . They reference a website www.californiapensionreform.com where you can do a search by agency to see those making more than $100,000 in pensions. For Pleasanton, there are currently 22 retired Pleasanton personal making over $100,000 per year in pensions.
Search by First, Last or Full Name Search by Employer
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Name Monthly Annual Employer Name
TIMOTHY NEAL $14,035.34 $168,424.08 PLEASANTON
STEWART GARY $13,168.05 $158,016.60 PLEASANTON
SUSAN ROSSI $12,499.04 $149,988.48 PLEASANTON
GARY TOLLEFSON $11,854.06 $142,248.72 PLEASANTON
JOHN GOODWIN $11,482.71 $137,792.52 PLEASANTON
BRIAN SWIFT $10,523.83 $126,285.96 PLEASANTON
DAVID RADFORD $10,451.79 $125,421.48 PLEASANTON
THOMAS BRAMELL $10,361.76 $124,341.12 PLEASANTON
ERIC CARLSON $10,271.48 $123,257.76 PLEASANTON
WILLIAM EASTMAN $9,770.95 $117,251.40 PLEASANTON
JOSEPH BUCKOVIC $9,407.05 $112,884.60 PLEASANTON
MICHAEL STJOHN $9,275.80 $111,309.60 PLEASANTON
CHRISTOPHE DICKINSON $9,092.33 $109,107.96 PLEASANTON
SEAN CHAPMAN $8,856.90 $106,282.80 PLEASANTON
CARL COUSINEAU $8,821.74 $105,860.88 PLEASANTON
MAUREEN LAURENCE $8,780.15 $105,361.80 PLEASANTON
PAUL HELMS $8,691.66 $104,299.92 PLEASANTON
GREGORY WIXOM $8,593.63 $103,123.56 PLEASANTON
STEVEN ROSS $8,583.76 $103,005.12 PLEASANTON
PAUL MOLKENBUHR $8,555.76 $102,669.12 PLEASANTON
DONALD SAULSBURY $8,408.28 $100,899.36 PLEASANTON
WILLIAM HALVORSEN $8,382.22 $100,586.64 PLEASANTON
My guess is Roush will be near the top of this list once he retires, especially since the Council is voting to give him a raise JUST BEFORE RETIREMENT and MAKING IT RETROACTIVE so he can get an even higher pension. I think this would be a great article for the weekly. Hope they pick this up and be trule informative to our residents on our pensions. On top of this we also have a mostly unfunded liability on retiree medical to the tune of over $100 million! That is just Pleasanton. The Pleasanton School District has a completely unfunded liability of over $11 million in retiree medical. Now with the losses in the pension fund, the taxpayers are on the hook since these retirees have guaranteed income (defined benefit). The retiree medical will also eat us alive since insurance rates keep going up. While the city has a little control at the high end for payout in the end of the next contract, the school district has no cap, and we as taxpayers are on the hook for the medical insurance, no matter what the cost is.