One concept I would like to introduce to the PUSD School Board and administration is that of "the myth of scarcity." You have a declining budget and need to cut services. One resource that seems to be overlooked is the Pleasanton community and "an out of the box" approach to leveraging "public/private" partnerships to keep programs that might be destined to the cutting block.
There are plenty of parents in this community that would be willing to volunteer time to lead an after school homework club, coordinate the Barton program (the best ROI that this school district has for dyslexic kids), play music, etc. I know this concept is sheer heresy in the halls of the education community, however, the issue facing PUSD are not educational right now, but rather business.
We pay the administration of PUSD to find creative solutions to problems and hold the School Board's feet to the fire to "think outside the box" to address the challenges we face. You have a great resource in the Pleasanton community. Why don't you introduce the concept of private/public partnership and see what kind of feedback you get from the community? You will be surprised.
I encourage you to be bold and take a page from successful businesses that are weathering this global economic crisis, which isn't going to end next year. Don't fear the unions or the unknown, but rather be willing to take a chance -- you won't be faulted for that.