"Though much of the state budget remains undecided, school officials say they must prepare for a worst-case scenario — a potential $7 million to $8 million hit to its $116 million budget and staff of 1,300 full-time and part-time employees."
One of the things PUSD has been telling us is that our neighboring districts including Livermore and Dublin are in better shape than we are going into this budget crisis because they already have parcel taxes in place. They have made it sound like we need a parcel tax in order to "keep up with the Joneses."
Recent news reports that Dublin is increasing class sizes and moving elementary music to a fee based after school program.
Livermore is still facing cuts of the same magnitude that PUSD is facing.
The reason for this is that PUSD receives significantly more funding than other comparable districts even when those parcel tax monies are included! Go to look up info here. Comparatively, Pleasanton should NOT need a parcel tax!
Trustee Pat Kernan said there isn't enough information to go forward on a parcel tax at this time.
"Until we know [the final state] budget, we can't go to the public because we don't know what we're asking for," he said. "We do know it's going to be a shared sacrifice."
That was Feb 6.
Four weeks later on Mar 5, the trustees vote for a parcel tax, even though it still doesn't know what the final state budget is.
The evidence mounts that PUSD is unwilling to do the hard work necessary to put their fiscal house into order. Even the Pleasanton Chamber held their nose and voted to support Measure G, with a rarely issued qualifier "While the Chamber backs Measure G, Raty said the endorsement also challenges the school board to address the long-term stability issues of school funding.
This parcel TAX (aka Measure G) remains a "feel-good band-aid on undiagnosed trauma". For example, as long as PUSD employees are receiving salary increases in the next year totalling approximately $2,000,000 the PUSD budget bleeding will continue. And what now is a $233 annual tax for four years will only grow and become permanent. Just take a look at what happened in Piedmont and Lafayette.
Posted by *42*, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Forgive me, I don't understand?? PUSD gets more ADA money than Livermore but Livermore has a Parcel tax. I think it's about 4 Million a year. Livermore is going to make cuts that will reach the classroom. Do you want your children to go to a school in LIvermore? Even before State's budget cuts would you want your children to go to a livermore school?
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Comparing Pleasanton to Livermore does not make sense. Even before budget cuts, Livermore was not as good a district as Pleasanton.
I know people in Livermore, and in my opinion: their schools have a lot of waste, the first cuts are always in the classroom - but you go to any of their schools, visit their overall district and hang out there: too much waste and not a good quality of education.
Pleasanton has an excellent school district. I will support the parcel tax because it is the right thing to do. I want to continue to see PUSD offer the quality of education we have so far. I would not want Pleasanton to become another Livermore or Dublin.
Posted by Educated, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm
I am a graduate of Livermore High School, class of 2000, and I certainly wouldn't say that there is not a good quality of education in this town. Maybe some people in Livermore choose not to use their education wisely, but you will see that in any town that you visit. I went from high school in Livermore on to obtain 2 college degrees and have a great job with great benefits and pay. I know that there is a lot of negative feelings right now with the economy how it is, and how it is effecting our neighborhoods, but it is not right to say that those people that went to school in Livermore did not get a quality education. You are basically saying that Pleasanton citizens are better than Livermore citizens and that is just not true, we are all human, breath the same air, and bleed red.
Posted by doglover, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Ouch! Educated, you have every right to say what you did...please don't believe that everyone in Pleasanton would think, let alone make the same comments some posters have made about Livermore. Education is not just what the schools give you, but what you bring to the schools, and Educated obviously brought a positive attitude to school, and would have been successful anywhere.
There are many Pleasanton teachers and staff members who live in Livermore. They could have chosen to have their kids attend school in Pleasanton, but they didn't.
Sorry Educated for the offensive remarks others made and by the way, Livermore has a great downtown and theater.