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School budget situation still uncertain

Original post made on May 22, 2009

With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calling for more cuts to education after five of the six state propositions failed and Concord-area voters defeating a $99-per-parcel tax Tuesday, there's even more riding on Pleasanton's Measure G.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 5:56 am

With the additional budget deficit, which cuts will be made to Pleasanton schools? We already knew what would be cut should the parcel tax fail, and that is why it was important for Measure G to pass, but now with these extra deficit, what else will be cut? I think PUSD needs to release this information before June 2.

I think it is unreasonable for Sacramento to take more money from the schools. How about getting rid of staff in Sacramento and doing without the counties of education instead, for instance?


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 5:57 am

With the additional budget deficit, which cuts will be made to Pleasanton schools? We already knew what would be cut should the parcel tax fail, and that is why it was important for Measure G to pass, but now with this extra budget deficit, what else will be cut? I think PUSD needs to release this information before June 2.

I think it is unreasonable for Sacramento to take more money from the schools. How about getting rid of staff in Sacramento and doing without the counties of education instead, for instance?


Posted by Sandy, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 22, 2009 at 6:37 am

Resident, I think that meeting on May 26 will be a key one to attend to find out which additional items are on the chopping block in Pleasanton. I hope you'll be able to attend!

And I hope you'll support measure G. We cannot protect our schools from the huge cuts that have been made since February, but measure G can insulate our children from the worst of the budget firestorm.

I share your frustration with Sacramento lawmakers, I really do! Th reality is, though, that with 1A failing, lawmakers have to assume that the will of the people is to make cuts.

The solutions you propose cannot be executed quickly enough to prevent additional cuts to schools. The school board cannot change what happens in Sacramento, and public pressure is extremely unlikely to get enough state legislators on board so quickly.

Plus, we cannot save enough on those two groups of staff to protect schools from budget cuts. Because of the sheer number of schools in the state, they take up a much bigger chunk of the state budget than legislative staffs and county education employees.

These cuts are going to hurt schools statewide. They cannot be avoided at this point.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 22, 2009 at 8:39 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Resident wrote: "With the additional budget deficit, which cuts will be made to Pleasanton schools?"

Back in January, PUSD put together a list called the "Cabinet identified possible reductions". It's up on their website. If you add up everything on that list (including freezing S&C and all staff development days), you come out at about $15MM. That's before adding in salary reductions, categorical spending flexibility, some items in that list that didn't have monetary value listed, and some other developments that have occurred since Jan. (like Federal money). Some of those cuts would have to be negotiated.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Sandy:

I cannot attend the meeting, but I hope PUSD will release that information on its website.

Yes, I am a supporter of Measure G so far. But PUSD needs to release the information. Perhaps the programs funded by Measure G will not be as important as the new ones they come up with? Now that the budget picture has changed, so should the items funded by Measure G, but this is not something we can even look into unless we have the information.

I know measure G cannot be changed, but people need this information to see what makes sense and what does not.

Stacey:

Is it a sure thing that those specific cuts will be implemented?


Posted by Sandy, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm

You can also call a board member at any time, or call Myla Grasso at the school district the day after the meeting to get an update.

Unfortunately, there's a bit of a lag between the meetings and when they get written up in the Weekly or in the Valley Times.

Board member contact information: Web Link

Myla Grasso's phone #: 426-4304
Email: publicinfo@pleasanton.k12.ca.us

And in response to your question to Stacey --

My understanding is that none of the cuts are absolutely certain till the board finalizes the budget on June 22. It is unlikely that cuts already identified will be rescinded unless measure G passes... and even then, only some of them can be rescinded. Identifying the additional cuts needed because of the estimated $6.8 million in new cuts from the state's funding to PUSD will still take a few weeks.


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