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Pleasanton school board votes to restore 38 positions at cost of near-$3-million

Original post made on Feb 28, 2013

The Pleasanton school board, on a split vote, chose to add $102,500 for new one-time rehiring, on top of approving more than $2.8 million to restore other positions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 28, 2013, 7:52 AM

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Posted by wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

Thanks so much for taking CSR money - in fact way more than that - and restoring things that we don't need like VP's and more admin.

You obviously just stole from the little ones and gave up on hiring actual teachers to give to administrators. You've just taken our kids educatation away - especially those who have good parents at home who have kids who work hard and come to school ready to learn - and replaced it with BS. Not happy.


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Posted by Seamus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

Yep, one of the worst school districts in the state, nay, in the country, has just gotten worse, if that's even possible.


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Posted by wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

And just to be clear to those who are new. Class sizes were raised last year on the assumption that measure 30 would fail and our funding would decrease.

Well it passed, so we have a little windfall and we're replacing jobs that were deemed OK to let go of years ago, instead of the number one thing that parents valued on a recent survey in this community - class sizes at all levels, not just elementary.


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Posted by You don't know
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:08 am

You just don't know the school district if you think this is a waste. Ask around to other districts and find out what their counselor to student ratio is. Then ask what their VP to student ratio is. You will find out that we are completely, 100% overwhelming our admin and teachers.

Wow - you are assuming all parents in the district put parenting first, make sure their child does their homework, limits their time on the Internet, makes sure they use life skills, understands that when a young lady comes to school showing skin she is sending the wrong message, checks grades online once a week, would send their child to counseling if they were exhibiting behaviors inappropriate for their age level, in a sense knows what they are doing. Rest assured, this is not 100% of PUSD parents.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

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Wow, can you tell us when the survey was taken and whether the results were published? If it's true that CSR was the first choice, I'd like to know what the second and third choices were (counselors and VPs?). I would love to know what teachers feel the priorities are as well.

My bigger concern is that there are so many areas of financial concern, adding nearly 40 employees is a bold move. Additionally, the district is still negotiating with their two unions, and the top administrators have "me too" clauses. Any increase added to the salary schedules is a permanent commitment. And the management assistant has been moved up to full time. It appears no one is learning the lesson of the ups and downs of funding. Spend when you think you have it; cut when you realize you were wrong.


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Posted by wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

Kathleen, ask PPIE for the survey they did last year. Class sizes were overwhelmingly the parent's priorities. I don't know why it wasn't made more public, but I can guess - because class sizes were the priority by a lot across the board - up through high school. But do ask, it is there.

"You don't know" - I know that not all parents put parenting first, but those of us who do our seeing our kid's education being put in last place. They get to work indedendently while the others get all the teacher time. Smaller class sizes benefit all the children - not new VPs and centralized admin tech people.

All children, including those that have good parents, deserve ample teacher time.


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Posted by Sad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

I am truly disappointed in this district. In the past, I have worked hard on behalf of students. Volunteered time and money. I have searched my own soul every time the district has asked for money and tried as hard as I could to 'see' their side of things and supported them 100%...even when friends and family were upset with my 'support'.

The Superintendent has not been involved as much as she should be in the workings of the classroom. She seems uncomfortable when visiting classes. The district has way too many admins and staff. Teachers are working their tails off and not getting the support and 'leadership' that they deserve.

In my opinion, morale is low - as many do not believe the district – and especially the superintendent, really have any 'skin' in the game.

To say I am Disappointed may actually be too kind.


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Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

We don't need more administrators. We don't need a parcel tax. And we definitely don't need the PUSD Board. All we need is for the schools to do what is done every day in private industry: fire the people who don't do their jobs, hire good people to do the jobs that need to be done, and reward ONLY the people who do good work. In other words, we definitely do not need the teachers union. As long as we have a union insuring mediocrity, we will get mediocrity. Expensive mediocrity. Parents and other taxpayers are wasting their time and money on a broken system. In Pleasanton, we have a Kumon, Sylvan or equivalent on every corner for good reason.
Chemist


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Posted by wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

Kathleen, you really should ask for that survey information. I seem to remember VP's and library assistants were not anywhere close to the top of the list. I know CSR was at the top, by a long, long, long way for elementary and high school (even though many parents surveyed would not have had kids in those grades, they know the impact) and class sections were also a big priority for middle and high. It's all about real teachers!

"Sad" I'm with you, feel the same way! Invested a lot and feel let down. I'm wondering when they're going to announce the result of union negotiations. I'm thinking about April 1st . . .


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

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Apologies if this spaces out long. Here are the survey results from the PPIE web site:
Web Link (bottom of the page for "survey" search on the site)

What were the results of the PPIE Parent Survey?

Elementary School Programs rated as the most valuable to parents (ranked in top 3)
Classroom Sizes 74%
Reading Specialists 36%
Tech Specialists 36%
PE Specialists 35%
Counseling 24%

Middle School Programs rated as the most valuable to parents (ranked in top 3)
Number of class sections 82%
Counseling 63%
Tech Specialists 54%
Library Assistants 33%
Vice Principals 29%

High School Programs rated as the most valuable to parents (ranked in top 3)
Number of class sections 81%
9th grade class sizes 76%
Counseling 59%
Campus Supervision 40%
ROP Classes 17%

61% of participants are willing to donate $150-349/student to save top ranked programs
14% of participants are willing to donate $350-540/student to save top ranked programs


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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

And there it is. What do parents care about? Class sizes and sections. What was cut last year and the year before? Class sizes and sections. And what was not restored with our almost 3 million dollar "windfall"? Class sizes and sections.

What do we get for this sacrifice? VP's and custodians and library assistants that we've lived without for quite some time. Oh and turning the superintendent's management assistant full time. Thanks school board, you're doing a great job there representing the interests of the families here.


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Posted by Dewey
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Last time I looked, the school board is supposed to look after the children, not the 'interests of the families here', and what public opinion surveys say to the contrary notwithstanding. On my understanding, the school board, in collaboration with educators, administrators and teachers together, make certain determinations. Because of few right-wing zealots who think they know how to run a school better than administrators, and teach classes better than teachers, we now have the makings of a witch hunt. As in ... here we go again.

All of the above posters are echoing the words of Seamus. Last time I looked, Ptown was ranked pretty highly, as in near the top in every category in the state. So ... let's all of us with idle time on our hands try to make things as difficult for the school board as possible. We know better than the board. That's why we elected them.


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Posted by Wow!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

So now parents who support lower class sizes and more class choice for their children. People who support teachers over admin are right wing zealots! I've heard it all now!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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Dewey, School board members are elected to represent taxpayers. From CSBA: Web Link

What is the school board's role and what are its responsibilities?
It's easy to say that school boards "govern" their schools. But what does that mean in everyday practice? The role of the board is to be responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of its community. The board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities:
1. Setting the direction for the community's schools
2. Establishing an effective and efficient structure for the school district
3. Providing support
4. Ensuring accountability to the public
5. Acting as community leaders

Each of those five point are further outlined in the link provided above.

I don't see any right wing zealots out here, and children do not come to the schools independent of their parents and the desires/values of the community as a whole.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Last Year: "Looks like we might lose some money next year, so we better lay off a bucket full of teachers."

This Year: "Wow, look at all the money we have. Let's go ahead and hire a bucket full of administrators to figure out how we can improve education."

Next Year: "Looks like we might lose some money next year, so we better lay off a bucket full of teachers."

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Mike


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Posted by Dewey
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

School board members are elected to represent people in the district, not merely the "taxpayers" as Kathleen's ideologically (right wing) freighted view would hold.

Representing a diverse group of people can be complicated. It rarely means reflecting the will of any one constituency as Kathleen and other right wingers on this board would have them do. Privy to much more information than link-obsessed members of the public who may think they know more than the board but probably don't, the board makes decisions that may be beyond the ideational grasp of right-wing zealots who have their own specific language -- e.g., "taxpayers" -- which they use in order to make sense of their ideologically truncated world view. In other words, galling as this might sound to the Fox News indoctrinated, sometimes our representatives actually do know more than their constituents. I think we've got a perfect example of that right before us - and this despite obsessive linksters and cutesy little platitudes by the right wingers who are blinded to their own ideology. "I don't see any right wing zealots out here." Right.

Sorry to be a spoilsport, but I simply cannot jump aboard this lynch mob bandwagon.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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Taxpayers is not an exclusionary term; people pay taxes on/for everything, not just property.

No points are made by throwing "right wingers" in every sentence. It appears that knowledge of the institution, working as and for board members, providing facts about that role or any other links are of no merit to you. That's fine.

Some, not all, are concerned about the approach the district continues to take with its limited funding. That may not be a concern to you, and that's fine as well.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

"School board members are elected to represent people in the district"

The people in the district, responding to a district pproved PPIE survey, said overwhelmingly that they wanted to see smaller class sizes and more class sections. That did not happen. Over 70% of this "diverse" population agreed on the same things. And got nothing.


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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Maybe if the article was written to explain why these positions were brought back and extended for one year, people would understand. I watched these board meetings, it is very clear what each position is for, many of the positions are not hiring new people, the current employees are not getting let go is all. This reporter sits for hours at the meetings, yet chooses to not write the news that would actually inform our community.

To simply state that admin over teachers is a fail is showing you have not learned why the VPs are needed. The number of special ed students in this district has grown enormously. These students come with a legal document (an IEP) that require meetings and program implementations within a certain time period. With one administrator for over 700 students in some of our schools, there are not enough physical hours in the day to meet these requirements.

Rather than complain, get educated, job shadow a school employee, see for yourself the truth.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Don't assume I'm not educated. I've been to or watched many board meetings, where groups are invite to represent the various groups that they want to hire / fire. Most look like PR set ups to me. I've worked hard in many, many areas to support our students and schools.

It's all important, I get that, but it's about putting the most important things first. And when over 70% of the parent population have a view on priorities for their students - lower class sizes and more class sections - it would be nice to respect that and not cut a bunch of teachers one year and then immediately replace it with nearly 40 non-teacher jobs.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

"I don't see any right wing zealots out here"

Not that I'm agreeing with everything "Dewey" said, but what "Chemist" said sure sounds to me like knee-jerk right wing zealotry. The whole post sounds just like a regurgitation of a Limbaugh/Hannity/Levin diatribe.

" Expensive mediocrity. Parents and other taxpayers are wasting their time and money on a broken system. "

Except that the schools here are generally pretty good, even compared to the local, free-market competition, and I know that from personal experience. Look at all the parents that paid a fortune to have their kids in Carden West.

I do find myself agreeing with "Wow" that the board seems to be behaving arrogantly. If they really do know better than parents what's good for students, they could certainly do a better job explaining it to us.

Part of the reason we have funding problems in Pleasanton is these ridiculous restrictions on building new houses. Dublin allows a lot more growth and doesn't seem to have a problem maintaining small class sizes.


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Posted by Doomed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Developers don't want to develop housing in Pleasanton because of the outrageously ridiculous school impact fees they are charged that are higher than any district in the state. That is why they build 'senior' housing because the district can't charge the ludicrous fees to seniors.

Also, the school impact fees are never used to actually build any new schools. The last new school opened in Pleasanton over 12 years ago.

Seems PUSD just spends money on administrators and consultants.


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Posted by Dewey
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

What I was getting at is that representatives are elected to represent people in the district, taxpayers, children, poor people, and the like, but _how_ they represent may diverge from what some parents, perhaps even a majority, might prefer. The knee-jerk response to the recent decision, with all "the tax money this and tax money that" smacks of right wing ideology. As an aside, people who refer to themselves as taxpayers rather than, say, citizens or members of the community, tend to be right wingers. This includes the libertarian Kath Ruegs... and all the other tea baggers who populate these sites. I believe it's important to consider the source of these messages and, frankly, it sounds like the same cast of characters -- right wingers who want to re-do our educational institutions so that they reflect their right-wing, Fox News ideology.

When I think of anyone representing me, I don't want them blindly following my lead if it translates into something more importantly negative down the line. Once upon a time we had representatives who did what they thought best for their constituents without worrying about majority views. Everett Dirkson comes to mind. So does Barack Obama.

But to say the school board is remiss because the majority of Ptown taxpayers want smaller classes over additional administrators sounds a bit naive and, given its source(s), more than a bit tea partyish.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Am I understanding this story correctly? Did the board just hire the equivalent of 38 new positions, and not a single new teacher?


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Yes Beth, who needs pesky teachers in classrooms? As Dewey says, the management and elected board know much better than the parents in the district, so who are we to question these experts? Just pay your foundation donation and sports donation and classroom donation and keep quiet.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter". Martin Luther King



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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Again, misinformation is your own worst enemy here. Listen to the actual board meetings to hear what the actual decision entails. Most of the positions are people who are currently in the positions, they will be continuing and not having to receive a layoff notice as they have been getting every year. These are librarians, site tech specialists, counselors.... these are people who work directly with our children making a big impact every day.

You can continue to spin it into something else, just be aware that still doesnt make it true.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Some of these may have been positions that were already cut from the budget, just like CSR and class sectios were already cut. It's the same decision - you have to prioritize what to bring back. They are spending an extra 3 million on these jobs rather than teachers, CSR / class sections. And there certainly have not been VPs for years so that is definitely a new position.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

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Be Positive, I think the important thing is the district believes it has millions to spend and then chose to spend it in places parents (and I'd love to know what teachers think) did not support based on a survey. And while voting to spend those millions, the governance team is still in negotiations with their unions. What will that price tag be? I, for one, would rather the district take most of that found money and give it to site staffs (teachers, all classified, maybe those few administrators) via an off the salary schedule bonus.

More practically, how did we suddenly get so flush, and just flush enough to ignore priorities, unfunded liabilities, and reserves?


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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

Again not true WOW

Positions include custodians, librarians, site tech specialists, counselors, PE specialists, Band and Strings teachers. These people are getting to KEEP their job because of this. PPIE, PTAs and many parents have kept many of these positions in place with donations- it is a relief that they can now be funded in the general budget. Please Pleasanton, get the truth rather than the spin.

Yes 4 and 1/2 VPS are being hired for 9 elementary schools and three middle schools to be able to comply with laws regarding IEP meetings plus so much more that has been eliminated on campuses in the past years that directly affect the kids.

Yes instructional coaches are new. All new standards are coming to all classrooms in 2014 and these coaches will be working directly with teachers to improve teaching in classrooms all over Pleasanton. This is not a plan that is affecting a small group of students, it benefits all students and teachers.

Sure class size reduction would be great, but this decision is for one year only. CSR needs stable funding, like the parcel tax campaigns tried to explain. This community voted against that. Twice.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

This money should have been spent on non-reoccurring items. Things like: maintenance (which was cut back) and funding their unfunded retiree medical. Better yet, get rid of the retiree medical program, that was started by Clem as a gift to his friends.

I am so happy that the district found $3M. They must have the same accounting software as the parks department and CalFire. They have money hidden to use but do not tell the public. I really do not understand this extra $3M since the district did their budget assuming that prop 30 would pass.


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Posted by Concerned parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

" CSR needs stable funding, like the parcel tax campaigns tried to explain. This community voted against that. Twice. "

And why do you think the community voted against the parcel tax? Because of decisions that are simply not in the best interest of students.

I am so concerned about the class sizes especially in the lower grades, and especially now with the new lice policy which will allow a child with lice to stay in school!

I am highly disappointed in the two people I thought were good board members: Arkin and Hintzke. The other three do not surprise me with this vote, but the two I thought had the best interest of students in mind... shame on you!


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

CSR needs stable funding, like the parcel tax campaigns tried to explain. This community voted against that. Twice. "

I supported both actively and the money raised, certainly on the second one, would not have been sufficient to pay for CSR. And there is no trust in the community that the management and staff would support CSR as a priority, which I think is why the last failed.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

" PPIE, PTAs and many parents have kept many of these positions in place with donations- it is a relief that they can now be funded in the general budget"

So are these groups returning the donations now? Or will they fund even more of this stuff? Or will they collect for something the community cares about?

Local: the budget was done on the assumption 30 would fail. It passed, so they should have restored what they cut last year, like CSR, or ending the shortened day in elementary, but instead this money is being used for the lovely things you see in the article. Make sure you thank your board member.


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Posted by Lani
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

>>>And why do you think the community voted against the parcel tax? Because of decisions that are simply not in the best interest of students.<<<

>>>There is no trust in the community that the management and staff would support CSR as a priority, which I think is why the last failed.<<<


EXACTLY!!!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

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The best plan I saw (doesn't mean there aren't others) was a list of cuts (at the time) accompanied by a list of priorities for reinstating those cuts. It was clear to the public from the beginning how items/positions would be brought back. It was used each time items were discussed for reinstatement, which kept the public well informed and able to provide feedback.


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Posted by Watches the School Board Meetings
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

There is a lot of misinformation on this forum.

#1 - The only people being (re)hired are the VPs. They help deal with bullying in the schools, oversee study halls, and help teachers and the principal do their jobs. As a parent with 2 children with IEPs, it is the LAW to have someone represent the district, this cannot be the teacher. BTW PUSD has to add another special day class to the high schools because of the number of students that cannot be completely integrated or mainstreamed - so there is one more hired teacher and at least 5 paraprofessionals.

#2 - Prop. 30 will NOT be giving any money to PUSD!!! Why? Because the State is giving the money to the districts with poor performance and who are in economically challenged neighborhoods (Oakland).

#3 - the "48" hired really means that 40+ administrators, tech, reading teachers, etc. who would have been laid off will not be. It does NOT mean new hires.

So all those wanting CSR - should the district layoff more counselors, tech, librarians (which means closed libraries) to hire more teachers to reduce CSR? Because that is what would be required.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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"The Pleasanton school board, on a split vote, chose to add $102,500 for new one-time rehiring, on top of approving more than $2.8 million to restore other positions."

"All five members voted in favor of the plan to restore the equivalent of more than 38 employees, including counselors and custodians in elementary, middle and high schools, and vice principals at elementary and middle schools."

Watches, board meetings are currently not online for review. My question is, when were the cuts to these positions announced that are now "not being cut" as opposed to "being restored"? Layoff notices usually come in March. I don't doubt you, just trying to follow the bouncing ball. I'm not sure who wrote this article, but it isn't clear based on what I requoted above.


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Posted by Duh
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I can't wait for the next attempt at a parcel tax.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

"Watches the school board meeting" - Talk about misinformation!

1. So you're saying "be positive", who also watches the board meetings, is wrong and there are no instructional coaches also being hired to train up the teachers? My impression from the article is that some of the library assts are also new.

Also, The district has this extra 3 million partially because they dropped CSR because they thought 30 would pn't pass. It did and some, if not all, of this CSR money is being used to fund these new positions + other positions.

2. Worong. This is being prosposed by Jerry Brown to do this but it hasn't happened yet and at a recent board meeting it was said we'd get a bit of money from 30. Plus the anticipated dcuts didn't happen.

3. It's 38, not 48 jobs. Yes, I would like CSR prioritized over several of the things you list and the money comes from dropping CSR.

"Be positive" since the jobs restored cover most of what PPIE have been fundraising for, are they going to now spend the money collected for the one thing on the list not saved, 1st grade CSR?



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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

wow, the district passed a budget assuming the prop 30 would pass so you are wrong.

You do raise an interest point that the district is now paying for the things that PPIE has been fundraising on. So does that mean that PPIE does not need to fund raise any more, or they will use the PPIE money for other things like raises for administrators?


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

They passed the budget on the assumption 30 would fail. Went to the meetings. Luz was being careful. Check. PPIE will not pay for salary increases, they're not setup for that. The only thing not "saved" on their list according to positive poster is1st grade CSR, so lucky k kids! I'm wishing them the best, though cannot see how this is sustainable.


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

Local, this is the info re. the cuts that were made in anticipation of 30 failing.

From the PUSD web site last year:

"Budget Information

Once again we face an uncertain future with the budget. The Governor's proposed budget released this month is based on a tax initiative on the November ballot that if not passed, will result in triggers and midyear cuts for the 2012-13 school year. Districts will need to assess the risk of a midyear cut, make an informed estimate of the potential exposure, and plan accordingly.

"For PUSD, the risk equates to approximately $5.5 million dollars for 2012-13. This is in addition to ongoing cuts made to PUSD's budget in the past four years. Due to statutory timelines, unfortunately we are unable to wait things out until November and hope that the Governor's tax initiative passes. As a result, we must once again come up with possible reductions Web Link in addition to a list of already approved cuts Web Link ."

You can look back and see these cuts were made on the expectation 30 would fail. Some districts decided to wait it out, but we couldn't.


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Posted by Another Eye Roll
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Mar 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

So, in other words, virtually no one on this board knows what in the heck is really going on. I imagine they could find out what led to a 5-0 vote, but it's more fun to speculate, provide links, criticize, and rationalize why a tad over 1/3 of voters were too cheap and/or mean spirited to support the last parcel tax effort. You guys are great! Hey, I saw an add for a used fire spit which, I would think, would be perfect for the next teacher/union/administrator/board member all of you want to skewer. Keep up the good work, Kathleen, and the rest of the tea party dwarfs who slum it here. I can't imagine why a community would elect a board when there are so many parents and others like yu guys with such a prominent nose for dirt. Keep up the great work!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

AER, Staff eliminated the most convenient way to get first hand information regarding the board meetings. I have been told board meetings eventually will be provided online again. That's not dirt; just facts. "Watches" was the first to let us know there was different information than presented in the PW article.

I offered my perspective on a parcel tax, but I was one of maybe a dozen people. So, no, the last attempt did not get my support; nor the previous one. In the meantime, I put my money into the classrooms precisely because I support what teachers are doing for students.


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Posted by Doomed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Why is Nicole Steward part of the leadership 'cabinet' Web Link ? And what qualifications does she have or is she the replacement for Myla?


Pleasanton Unified School District Leadership Cabinet
District Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi 925-426-4333
Assistant Superintendent Business Services Luz T. Cázares 925-426-4307
Assistant Superintendent Educational Services Odie Douglas 925-426-4334
Assistant Superintendent Human Resources Bill Faraghan 925-426-4346
Senior Director Pupil Services Kevin Johnson 925-426-4290
Management Assistant/Technology Coordinator Nicole Steward 925-426-4304


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

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"I have been told" by the superintendent "board meetings eventually will be provided online again." Is that better? The fact is that is what I was told.


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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Mar 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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I removed the last few posts because the discussion had deteriorated into bickering between a few posters. Please keep the discussion civil and on topic.


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Posted by Yet Another Eyeroll
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Mar 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

Yes, I heard a number of things too. I'll get back to you with all the factual gossip.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

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I could post the email exchange, but it's not likely you'll believe that either. We'll know it's the truth when board meeting videos are back online. (It is also true board meeting videos were accessible online for years, as are the city council meetings.) There was no date given for when the videos will be back up because there is "a new technology director who has a long list of important things to accomplish." Fair enough.


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Posted by Adam Winograd
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

If someone has evidence of what the reasoning has been of the board and, tangentially, that videos are going to soon be back up and running, they should present that evidence. Otherwise, it's just one loony voice in the midst of other loony voices, all of which gives greater credibility to the board members we elected.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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Dear Kathleen,

I am not sure if you are aware, but we have a new Technology Director who has a long list of important things to accomplish. I have this on my list of things that we have to tackle once he has had a chance to address some critical things.

We have already asked TV30 to archive for us but we have to take care of a few details and the person in charge is out for a couple of more weeks. My hope is to archive it "on demand" on TV30.

Any community member coming to school is required to sign in if they are going on campus. If they are coming to pick up a copy of the DVD, they would be asked to sign in and give their information before checking the DVD out. We have had very few if any requests to check out a DVD up to this point.

Parvin


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Parvin Ahmadi
Superintendent
Pleasanton Unified School District
4665 Bernal Ave.
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925-426-4301 (Office)
925-484-3591 (Fax)
pahmadi@pleasantonusd.net

(I have deleted one "W" in the body of the email--an insignificant typo in the first line.)


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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As to the board's reasoning for spending the money in this way, I have not seen their discussion. What I would like to know was stated above; when were cuts announced that make the spending of this money now "not making cuts" as opposed to reinstating various positions. There seems to be a mix of keeping current staff for the 2013-14 school year and reinstating some positions vacant for at least this current school year (VPs). That is based on the article and comments from anonymous posters saying they watched the board meeting. Parent's preferences, according to the survey, are for CSR and some mention undoing the split reading. I think it is valid to question how this $3,000,000 is being spent, at least that portion that is going toward rehiring/new positions.


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

"Dear Kathleen,

I am not sure if you are aware, but we have a new Technology Director who has a long list of important things to accomplish. I have this on my list of things that we have to tackle once he has had a chance to address some critical things."
Why did we need a new Technology Director when we have Management Assistant/Technology Coordinator Nicole Steward 925-426-4304?
More bloating at the top- jobs for friends over what's good for kids- shameful!!!!!!


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Posted by Doomed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I wonder where is this "long list" of information technology tasks the new IT director needs to accomplish? You would think that the Board would have had the opportunity to weigh in on any Information Technology plan and approved it, yes? Maybe it is on the 'web' somewhere. I don't think an IT plan has been done since John Casey was the superintendent.

And the funds for IT are all depleted anyway because the District spent most of the Sycamore fund already....


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