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School cuts have human faces
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on Jun 3, 2010
Sixteen teachers and 45 classified employees will either be losing their jobs or have their hours cut again under the proposed 2010-11 budget from the Pleasanton Unified School District.
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posted Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7:42 AM
Posted by Linda Trombadore
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm
The figure, 2,100 the article quoted as monthly take home is incorrect. It's important to point out that less than half my income came from PUSD, the majority comes from our school's community fund raising efforts. With cuts, and the way CORE is structured, as it stands today, I will be lucky to take home $400 monthly for next school year. I mentioned my property taxes would take the lion share, about $332 monthly. I am fortunate to have other income, but like many of us, I could not afford my town-home today.
In terms of my "doing everything right" what I meant by this is only that I have been a saver and I have no debt of any kind. It just seems that if you have paid off your home, have no debt, and you work hard and smart to help save and bring in funds to the schools, one should be able to make a decent wage. I don't think anyone should feel sorry for me, far from it. I am indeed one of the fortunate people. As a tech with seniority, I was lucky to not be cut completely as many people everywhere have been. Still, with this job, I can't afford to live here in my paid off house, which I shouldn't have to apologize for, it's just a fact. Even if I and the other techs personally fund raise, and or save the school district more than they pay us annually, it just doesn't matter??? How is that possible? My understanding is that, $135,000, an average of $11,250 each, is what the district paid for 12 tech specialist this, 2009/2010 school year. Compared to what we fund raise and save, we are a good deal by any standard. We have and should take cuts to help out the entire cause. Though to be honest, I would have made the deepest cuts further away from people who impact our kids so directly.
As a parent, I have compelling reasons to ensure my work hours match my son's school hours. Though I worked hard for many years and was able to pay off my town-home, I also understand that I am fortunate to have had such an amazing and well paying business prior to making the choice to work for PUSD. It would be unfair not to mention my son's father, as well. He is a great man and, not only is he available and there for our son, but he also pays child support on time.
The people I feel especially grateful for are our Walnut Grove parents and PTA. The CORE fund raiser would not happen without the parents of Pleasanton. These are the people front and center in all of our schools who fully understand the need for techs and librarians.
I bring in an income from my flame glass sales, child support, and I'm lucky to have any part of this job, as five of our techs may not be so lucky. Still, I can't afford to live here. It's not an issue about whether others have been less fortunate than me; clearly this is true.
Tech specialists are necessary to maintain our schools' computers and other equipment, as well as to keep our students and faculty current in using the technology. In looking at like-communities, their fund raising efforts way surpass ours because those communities understand the impact successful schools have on their children and their property values. It's time we made the same investment in Pleasanton.
Walnut Grove Tech specialist:
JiJi Mind Math Program is a Priority; Train, Facilitate, and manage:
1200 student visits to our 2 computer labs per week; with K-3rd coming in twice per week and 4th and 5th once.
Forecast for, budget, purchase, set-up, and inventory; maintain, rebuild, and recycle all equipment:
132 computers, 36 printers used daily on campus, one server. network
35 classroom PC's from varying manufacturers (15 PC's 7 years old or older) 71 Computer lab PC's (18 PC's 5 years old or older) 9 library PC's (5 years old) 17 laptops 5 Office
10 Projectors, 10 Document Camera's: Start of 2010/2011 16 additional each. Totaling 26 smart classrooms, as necessary to meet education/software need from DO.
Help train and assist teachers and staff with software: Microsoft, Zangle, First Class email, Jiji Mind Math, and Scott Foresman's Social Studies, and Envisions classroom math.
Miscellaneous: After School enrichment classes: 1. A minimum of 7 weeks Jiji Mind Math for under-performing students 3rd -5th 60 plus students per year. 2. Fund raiser typing classes bring in $3,000 to $6,000 averages 120, 3rd -5th graders per school year. 2008/2009: Wrote and won Western Digital Grant for Monitors $4,500. 2009/2010: Built 2nd computer lab, (37 full terminals) at NO cost to DO or parents; approximant value to WG community $20,000.
Demand up, support down. 2010/2011 CORE impact as it stands today:Cut 32.5 hrs weekly to 7.5 for Walnut Grove campus, as the 15 hours per week must now be shared to support second campus. Both fund-raising and enrichment after school class cut. Shut down one lab to augment/support first lab; Jiji Math time cut 50%. Students would not meet minimum requirements. Support for problematic PC's, Projectors etc will take considerably longer.