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Federal funds haven't trickled down to school district

Original post made on Apr 29, 2009

Even though the state has received funds from the federal stimulus plan, it has yet to trickle down to the Pleasanton Unified School District. At the regular school board meeting Tuesday night, assistant superintendent of business services Luz Cazares provided an update on the budget situation. As with the last updates, there is still a degree of uncertainty as to how the state will handle the money.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 5:49 PM

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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm

About the cell phones - PUSD was able to easily cut cell phone costs in half! Cell phones were originally a $150K per year expense and in an earlier board meeting, PUSD mentioned that a big portion of the cell phone costs was due to personal phone calls being made on district provided cell phones.
So the taxpayers have been paying $75K a year for who knows how many years that didn't need to be paid? There's one Pleasanton teacher's salary!
What does that say about PUSD financial management except that they spend money recklessly until they are forced to cut the excess!
I suppose we could say better late than never, but how many other expenses are also fat and will have to be pointed out to PUSD before they get out the scalpel?


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Posted by Max
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

That's still more than $6,000 PER MONTH in phone bills!! How many people are getting district provided phones??

This is ludicrous!

People must be asking questions and now the community can see just how foolishly our tax money has ben spent. NO MORE!


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm

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"When it comes to handling the federal dollars, Cazares said the state may keep the federal dollars to offset the current cuts and will not be available to help for future cuts to funding... "Not only are they going to take that money given away, but we're going to take more cuts," [Pat Kernan] said. "

I'm surprised that PUSD continues to perpetuate this view that the State is going to steal the dollars! Schwarzenegger has had to repeatedly state that there's no way this is going to happen and he's been doing that since the end of March.


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Posted by Deb
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Apr 29, 2009 at 8:04 pm

"If the parcel tax doesn't pass, we're going to come back to see what we need to do," Casey said. "We'll see what the scenarios are and may give more or the same, or we may give less days."

So now Casey is saying that management concessions are also dependent on the passage of Measure G.
Is any of this in writing? We learned from the Neal School agreement that having made a promise publicly does not mean it will hold up in court when they welsh on an commitment.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2009 at 8:07 pm

It's getting harder to sell the oil, as it is becoming clearer that the source is snake. Dirty politics in the information age is a much tougher game to play successfully.


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Posted by Tanner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:25 am

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I love how the school unions act like they have no idea when the moneys coming and the Pleasanton Weekly is encouraging it with their fear mongering. First, it's a two part payout and everyone knows that when you change how money is dolled out from what was passed in the state budget, legislation now comes into play and they must approve a quick and easy budget change. "State education officials hope to begin disseminating the stabilization money May 11, said California Department of Education spokeswoman Tina Jung". The second half... Some $1.8 billion more in stabilization money is expected to be released to school districts this fall..

These monies are not dolled out competitively, all the school districts have to do is apply for them. The number for Questions regarding the Application Program is: Justin Salenik, e-mail: ARRA@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-319-0654, maybe Justin Salenik can help us determine when the app was completed for PUSD and any other unanswered questions, (geez I hope they are not trying to delay their money in hopes they can keep up the fear mongering attempting to sway voters on the unnecessary Parcel Tax called Measure G)... Print your own free window and car signs at: pleasantonparceltaxinfo.com. We'll have to stay on top of the application process...

It would do all of Pleasanton a great deal of good if Emily West and the Pleasanton Weekly focused on positive news in these financially burdensome times for us homeowners that are barely making ends meet rather than feeding into the fear mongering that is going on, promoted by the unions and administrators. Fight the Lies! Go to pleasantonparceltaxinfo.com for truth about the unnecessary Parcel Tax and NO on Measure G.

It's very obvious a boat load of money is coming, so no more fear mongering...


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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2009 at 9:47 am

Stacey: What Shwarzenegger SAYS and DOES are two different things.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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Web Link From March 10th... page 11

"Funding Must First Be Used to Mitigate State Funding Cuts.
Fiscal stabilization funds must first be used to mitigate state funding cuts for K-12 and higher education in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Funds for K-12 education must be allocated based on existing funding formulas, whereas states have discretion in how they allocate funds for higher education. If a federal award is greater than needed to reach 2008 or 2009 state funding levels (whichever is higher), then remaining funds are to be allocated to K-12 education based on schools' Title I counts. If a federal award is less than needed to restore education funding to 2008 or 2009 levels, then funds must be allocated in proportion to the relative shortfalls that exist for K-12 and higher education."


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Posted by Never trust the Weekly
a resident of Castlewood
on May 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

This article said one thing the night it was posted. People commented on it and the editor went in and made changes and additions to it at 6am the next day. This should be prohibited. If they cant get it together to print an article from the get go, it shouldnt be printed at all.


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Posted by citizen oversight
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

Good work to the citizens, and trustee Arkin, who are pressuring for PUSD accountability. Without this citizen oversight the pro-tax lemmings would just keep patting the administration on the back and giving them more money to waste.

Say no to the pro-tax lemmings!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

This title is still on the front page because the PW is still trying to help the PUSD create a panic for the purpose of hastily passing a parcel tax. It has been clearly documented that funds are on the way and the proposed parcel tax would mostly fund raises for certified staff. Don't be conned out of your hard earned dollars. People call the state lottery the "stupid tax" because you have to stand in line to pay it. I wonder what nickname this one would merit?

What do you say we avoid the embarrassment of feeling stupid later by just defeating this poorly written and ill conceived attempt to create a panic and steal your money.

VOTE NO ON G


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Posted by Indano
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 9:26 am

Fact: If the Propositions fail, add another huge amount of money not coming to the district so prepare yourselves for greater losses.
Fact: Most administration has already been I.D.'d as gone next year. Can't squeeze blood from a turnip unless you want the government to step in and take over.
Fact: Massive cuts beyond the administration have been I.D.'d as in the waiting for their slips if the Props fail. No ticky, no laundry.
Fact: Measure G is for CSR, not teacher salaries.
Fact: PUSD board has held numerous meetings for the community to come to and participate in discussion. Where were you?
Fact: Until unions are done away with, all school districts must abide by pay scales as it is the law. PUSD is no exception.
Fact: Special needs student aides cost 95K/yr EACH so to be mainstreamed AND WITHOUT ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE STATE BUT MANDATED! (may be more now as this was from a few yrs back). How many do we have?
Fact: There are a lot of costs paid by the district that are mandated by the state but without financial support. CSR is not one of them. Go Government!
Facts: EL's cost plenty in time (waste) and monies. Imagine when K-3 gets to be 25-30 students and many of them EL's. Visualize this: mass confusion (I've seen it). Do you want your child in this scenario?
Fact: Most teachers are there NOT for the pay but for the love for what they do. The young teachers are fresh; with lots of good ideas and the energy to do them. They are the ones leaving if Measure G does not pass.
Fact: If all fails at the polls, be prepared to experience a huge revolution in the district and No COMPLAINING!


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Posted by Max
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

What are EL's ???? Never heard the term before so please explain.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 5, 2009 at 10:09 am

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I believe EL stands for English Learners (non-native speakers of English).


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Posted by Unions eat their young!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 11:43 am

Unions eat their young!

Pleasanton's teachers union is no different, The teachers that did not receive pink slips are willing to let their newer peers be sacrificed rather than negotiate step and column.

John Casey mislead the community saying that step & column is mandated by law. He has now admitted that it is negotiable. If the unions want to save their membership they can negotiate it just like most districts around the state are doing.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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It's interesting how Indano presents information as facts but doesn't back the claims up with anything.

Take, for example, the first one: "Fact: If the Propositions fail, add another huge amount of money not coming to the district so prepare yourselves for greater losses."

What is a "loss"? Does a loss occur when you feel entitled to some amount and are given a lower amount instead or does a loss occur when your expenditures outstrip your revenue? Prop 1B is a "loss" of the first kind. It basically says that there's a group entitled to X amount, but we can only afford the (X-Y) amount so here's how we plan to "repay" you the "missing" Y amount; please don't sue us!

Now sure, if the propositions fail, then the CA legislature has to go back to the drawing board and find some other places to cut. But stating that those cuts will be to education is a fact is highly deceptive as it is not backed up by anything.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

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Indano wrote: "Fact: Until unions are done away with, all school districts must abide by pay scales as it is the law. PUSD is no exception."

Of course pay scales are negotiable. That's also the law. It's also the law that only certificated staff require a salary schedule. So why are there salary schedules for classified and administrative staff?

"Fact: Measure G is for CSR, not teacher salaries."

What are they spending $6MM on then? Classroom supplies?!


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