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I Love Pleasanton Schools

Original post made by Drexl, Ironwood, on Jul 17, 2009

I am not affiliated with PPIE, but I have kids that attend pleasanton schools. I came to Pleasanton because of the community and the value it placed on schools. I was so dissapointed when measure G failed; and here we have this opportunity to donate funds through PPIE to keep our schools from increasing student/teacher ratio and prevent cuts to programs such as music; but as a community it saddens me to see we only donated $220k out of the needed $2.8mil. I hope that all of you that read pleasanton weekly, take the time to talk to all the parents, and have each and everyone donate something, all it takes is a little over $100 per child. Honestly, if as a community, we do not reach this fundrasing goal, this might be the turning point for pleasanton, and maybe my wife is right, and, maybe we should move elsewhere, a community that still values their schools; even San Ramon passed their parcel tax. If a community loses value of their children's education; then in my mind, it is on a slippery slope downhill in regards to quality of life within a community. Please do something about this, I donated, and I talk to everyone I know, please do your share. I want to continue to live here, do not give my wife a reason to move out and go closer to Alamo. We have less than a month left to raise 2.6millon; we do not have time to just sit back and hope for donations to come in last minute; please donate today www.ppie.org

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Posted by J
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:07 am

I have no kids, but I see the benefit of the programs doomed to disappear if no-one intervenes. My folks raised me to believe that you can't simply sit back and wait for change, you must take the initiative, and on occasion, be willing to be the first to take a step forward. Glad to see so many pro-active families!!

I have placed bids at the auction site and am waiting to see if I win!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

If all of those who voted yes on G put their money where their mouths are the fund would be well over 2.8 million already. Talk is cheap, but not as cheap as those who would have taken money from me to fund teacher and administrator raises.


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Posted by Yo resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

How much money do you get from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for every post? Why don't you reveal where you're getting your money. Sometimes talk isn't cheap when they're paying you to spam message boards.

It is disgusting. Ever thought about getting an real job and putting in a honest day's work? You'll feel a lot better about yourself.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

People need to get their facts straight. The money donated to PPIE isn't going to fund teacher & administrator raises. It is going to:

Class Size Reduction
Counselors
Reading Specialists
Band/strings

That's it.

Measure G aside, it would be nice to see the community come together for the sake of our kids.


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Posted by Harvest Park Mom
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

My son has benefitted enormously from the work of the very qualified teachers at Harvest Park. Decided to move to Pleasanton in 2008 (from a Fremont neighborhood with even higher API scores) because of the excellent schools and community. Voted in favor of G, and now with its unfortunate failure, sent our $233 donation to PPIE, and plan to do so for 3 more years (at least); plus also bring supplies as suggested by the classroom teacher at both the beginning of the school year, and during the school year as requests are made (as do so many other parents); as well as make the direct $40 contribution to the classroom. Encourage others to support schools, or whatever community organization(s) each person feels connected to. In these difficult times, our Pleasanton community should work together.


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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm

If the teachers give up their raises that will replenish the budget with the same amount as the parcel tax would over 3-4 years.

What is the argument against this considering 11% unemployment, state furloughs, pay cuts, layoffs. . .


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

The June 29 meeting is online:
Web Link

Watch it, and you may understand why people are not so eager to donate. Casey's proposal (and the board's approval with Arkin and Hintzke voting no), was to re-instate some admin positions just to Max their retirement.... that' right, watch the previous week's board meeting as well to see.

In this economy, when many people's income and retirement have taken a hit, it is unreasonable to think people will happily donate - even if the money technically goes to programs- knowing that money that PUSD did have went to waste: admin positions that will retire - hire them back temporarily to MAX their retirement benefits!

Watch the meetings please, before you accuse ptwon residents of not caring about our schools.


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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 18, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Every year we have contributed the amount requested per student by the PTA but won't this coming year. The reasons include those posted by anonymous above as well as general mismanagement of the budget under the major shortfalls expected over the next 2 to 3 years atleast.

The school board needs to restructure from the bottom up to fund critical deliverables and staff positions, salary and cola adjustments will have to be eliminated/reduced. Seeing how the board struggled this year with the budget I believe they are incapable and unqualified to solve even worse problems/shortfalls in future year.s


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Posted by Yo Jackal and Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Please get your facts straight before you spread lies. Cutting teacher raises would NOT result in the same amount of money raised had Measure G passed. It would barely cover CSR for only 1 year, not including the rehiring of all laid-off teachers and funding of elementary school band, counselors, reading and technical staff, library staff, and safe/clean schools that Measure G would have funded. Also, regarding the positions hired back, 1 was already paid for and 2 were brought about by concessions from the administrative staff.

Pleasanton's schools are facing a dire budget crisis and it isn't because of teachers' salaries. If the fundraiser fails, Pleasanton will have the worst school district in the Tri-Valley area (including Dublin, San Ramon, and Livermore, which by the way all 3 cities have parcel taxes), with Pleasanton having the largest class-size ratio per teacher as well as the lowest administrative staff per student ratio. Is this really what you want for our schools?

And not 1 dime of the PPIE/PSEE fundraiser is going towards salaries or administration, except for the rehiring of staff specifically for CSR, elementary band, and counselors. If you support CSR, elementary school band, and counselors for the children, please donate to PPIE/PSEE. They will accept any denomination, even if it is below the suggested $189 per student. Even Kathleen supports the PPIE/PSEE effort, and I applaud her!


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

The applause belong to those doing the work and donating services or offering percentages of sales on specific dates noted elsewhere in the blogs or at the foundation sites. The promise from both PPIE and PSEE is that the funds will be spent where the donors indicate. It's voluntary and you have a voice in where the money is spent. Easy to support.


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Posted by toni
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 19, 2009 at 6:39 am

Dear Jackal:

Responding to your last post:

**Every year we have contributed the amount requested per student by the PTA but won't this coming year. The reasons include those posted by anonymous above as well as general mismanagement of the budget under the major shortfalls expected over the next 2 to 3 years atleast.

The two budgets are separate. Each PTA at each Pleasanton school manage and budget their funds separately from the PUSD budget. In the past few years PTA's have struggled to fill in the gaps (shortfalls) where the CA STATE budget has failed in doing so, when funding each school district. Pleasanton PTA's are known, state wide, for their well-managed (two audits/year) stewardship of their members monies and have gifted each of our schools with scholarships, technology funding, and educational program funding. Without these funds our schools and most importantly the STUDENTS would not have the quality education that our Pleasanton schools are noted for.

Our PTA members are hard working parents and teachers who dedicate their time, leadership skills and support to help ALL students of PUSD. If you choose not to contribute monetarily this year to fill in the short fall, then by all means give of your time. Your child and ALL children benefit from your time in the classroom and other school related activities.

This is a community effort for ALL our children.

every child.one voice


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Posted by To Jackal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

You're comments are anti-community and counter-productive. Judging from your writing, I think you'd be a lot happier living somewhere else. You'd probably feel a lot more welcome elsewhere, so why fight it. Inclusiveness can only extend so far.

We don't welcome the opinion of segregationists or holocaust deniers. Gross distortions of the facts and exhortations to withhold voluntary donations based on them aren't welcome here either.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

I'm wondering if the reasons the school district has not received the money they need is partially due to the fact that many families have lost their jobs, and simply can't afford to donate. Also in my neighborhood, overwhelmingly the owners of homes are retired, over 60 and stay because they love this town. But they don't have kids in the district anymore, and their kids don't live here because they can't afford to. Hence there is little motivation on the part of the retired people to donate to the schools. Has anyone surveyed the age of the current population?


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Posted by Andrea
a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

And if you don't want to just donate to our schools, which by the way is fully tax deductible, you could just visit the on line auction at Web Link to get somegood things for your money. Or you could purchase a supportive t-shirt, or buy lemonade at one of the local stands or go to one of the generous restaurants who are offering fundraisers. A lot of people are doing things. Bu they can't do it alone. It takes a community.


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Posted by Guillermo Martin
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

Aaaah the Measure G posts. How much I miss all this witty banter going back & forth between the needy, do-gooder tax & spend crowd & the selfish, home owning tax hating evil rich.

...just like the good old days again huh?


Hey P-Town, GET OVER IT WILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Unemployed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Measure G failed because the intelligent ones figured out that district is not tightening its belt as hard it could. Like companies, one cannot continue to spend at the rate which it had planned. Some cuts need to be done (without favoritism). In one of the previous blogs, the statement about 'no raises' for employees.. does that include no COLA either. Or is COLA still in effect. Please clarify. COLA is Cost of Living Adjustment. When companies are going through hard time, no raise means no COLA either. Is this the case?

Why should the hard working citizens of Pleasanton pay for COLA when their own positions do not have such hidden benefits?

Teachers are valuable. Yes. But should we be allowed to weed out the unproductive ones? No... union contract doesn't allow such an action. Some people defend this as their right... Well... if this was your company, would you stand for that? Yes, evaluation need to be fair and balanced but let's have such an evaluation system. Without such a system, as a taxpayer, why should I pay for mediocrity especially when I am unemployed myself!


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Posted by still employed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

If you're unemployed, you aren't paying jack. And if you're collecting unemployment benefits, you're feeding off MY taxes!!!


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Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Isn't it odd all the people that are now concerned about the schools but didn't bother the hammer the school board this last year on their decisions. It's all about choices. Administrators or kids?
Some in Pleasanton are hanging on to their homes...without jobs..unfair to tax them out of their houses for mismanagement. The ones that can, should step up.
We can't use the "home value" line. Anybody that cared about home values would have been paying attention to the over-the-top,excessive fire retirements which homeowners have to fund forever !! Should be paying attention to that as well...that's IF you care about your home prices.


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Posted by Already donated
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

To those parents with children in school who cannot afford to pay the full $189/student, as well as those in the community who wish to donate: PPIE/PSEE will accept any amount of money you can afford to donate.


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Posted by Yo Cheryl
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

This isn't the Measure G thread, so please stop posting about taxes. This thread is about the school fundraiser, which is completely VOLUNTARY. I believe it is understood that not everyone can afford to donate, and that as the previous person said, those who wish to donate but are of limited income can do so at their own level.


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Posted by Parent of 4
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I got 4 children attending Ptown schools but I am not donating a dime! No way in hell would I donate my hard-earned money to funding programs and CSR when the money that should've been used for those programs are being used to give administrators more perks and retirement crap. Casey is not going to dine on my back anymore!


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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm

To the person who claims there is no room for segregationists and holocaust deniers as a reponse to my comment about school funding, can you make even a small effort at being civilized in your comments?

I would think those who have suffered either of these would take major offense at the analogy, and rightfully so.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Anyone know how much John Casey makes?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Anyone know how much The Jackel makes?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Jackel I'm so offended. Waah..Waah

Why don't you get lost creep. Better yet. Go live in Stockton. We don't want you in Livermore. Take your hate somewhere else.


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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 26, 2009 at 10:06 am

take it easy cholo, maybe time for you to enroll in an anger mgmt refresher course.


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Posted by hmmmmmmmmm
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2009 at 11:43 am

it appears that they pleasanton teachers are greedy or how else can you explain them wanting their raises with the rest of the state hurt by high unemployment and lower wages. A very greedy bunch I believe.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Time to take your meds -- hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Stop trying to take other people's money.

Don't overdose on Rush Limbaugh -- Jackel.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

What's the matter Jackel? -- so greedy you can't even help children. You're a disgrace.


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