Posted by Maja7, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Who gets a paid holiday for their birthday? I've never heard of this before? Maybe I just never had the "right job". Sounds like there really should be no decision other than going with the reading program.
Posted by Too bad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm
And Grant was one of the three trustees who were quick to agree to hire back, on a temporary basis and per Casey's request, a few employees who had been laid off so that their pensions would not be affected. I am not surprised that Grant continues to vote the wrong way.
What I do not understand is why the community elected Bowser and Laursen instead of Piderit (Piderit was endorsed by Arkin and would most likely vote in favor of keeping student programs)
Posted by Too bad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm
"Classified personnel still have their paid Birthday Holiday."
It seems that Grant is more concerned with helping pensions, employee benefits that with the students. Hopefully next election, the community will be wiser and not vote for people like Bowser, Laursen or Grant.
Keep birthday holidays but get rid of Barton? And they claim it is all about the students? Two yes men are gone now, but were not replaced by smart trustees!
Posted by long time parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Bowser, Grant, and Laursen probably voted to ax the program because they know it will get attention and scare people into voting for a parcel tax (if you don't vote for the tax; the most efficient program in the district is cut). Shame on them for their political decision.
The district administration and the union are actually the most to blame in all of this. They should have worked on contract negotiations way before having to do this vote on cuts. We are doing these cuts because the unions are demanding their step and column raises, and holding off negotiations to protect the status quo.
You can thank the union president for these cuts.
Also, if we got rid of the administrators auto allowances of $600/month for each administrator, we probably have enough money to pay for the complete Bartons program.
Posted by John, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm
The list of employees receiving car allowances [you know Pleasanton is a giant metropolis, isn't it so I am sure a LOT of time is spent traveling; I am sure it takes AN ENTIRE 7 minutes to get from the District office to any school site :-)] was posted on the Town Square forum in May 2009. It is out of date and some people are no longer with the District, but the following were receiving car allowances back then.
Administrative Perk Roll Call, Count Off Now!!!!
John Casey ($1,000/mo or $12,000 per year per contract)
Luz Cazares ($600/mo or $7200 per year per contract)
William Faraghan ($600/mo or $7200 per year per contract)
Cindy Galbo ($600/mo or $7200 per year per contract)
Posted by anon, a resident of another community, on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Many cities, counties, and special districts allow car allowances to be included in the pension calculation. If an employee receives a $500 dollars per month car allowance that could add $6,000 dollars per year to the pensionable income. If the employee were to receive 80% at retirement that would increase the pension payout by $4,800 per year.
I'm not sure what the car allownce plan in Pleasanton is but many cities allow this to happen.
Posted by John, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm
The Board has closing comments where the Board can bring up and vote on items to be agendized for the upcoming meeting, however, this time is usually spent in long-winded speeches regarding talks/trips with people in "Sacramento" and several fawn over just how great the staff are ("aren't we lucky to have them! hurray!") as well as commercials for the Chamber of Commerce, i.e. promotions for the "Leadership Pleasanton" program.
They could have requested months ago that the Birthday Holiday be brought as an item for discussion as well as discussion of everyone who has transportation allowances and how much it is costing the District. Just because a union contract or an administrator's contract was not on the agenda two nights ago is no reason it could not have been brought up months ago.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm
From the list above of people getting car allowances, I saw the name "Bill Radulovich" - I wanted to clarify that he does not get a car allowance anymore.
He is retired now, the former principal of Walnut Grove Elementary, and gets a pension of more than 100K, and please note that he is in support of Measure E. His name is shown in the list of supporters of measure E (see their website).
NO on measure E. No on the June taxes that Brown wants to put on the ballot. No more taxes to support raises and ridiculous pensions!
Posted by PEVC, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:03 am
John - Nothing stops a PUSD Trustee from making a request to staff to report on the cost of providing a paid Birthday holiday, asking how many paid holidays there are over and above the state mandated (EdCode) paid holidays, and how PUSD could optimize staff allocations and free up money for student programs. Nothing stops them, except maybe union pressure?