Town Square

Post a New Topic

PUSD Community Forum Q&A available

Original post made by Dark Corners of Town, Country Fair, on Jan 12, 2010

Q&A from the Jan 5 PUSD community forum is available here:

Web Link

Comments (2)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

Cliff notes:

26. Would a 5% reduction across-the-board cover the shortfall?

A reduction of 1% across-the-board would save about $897,000. A shortfall of $3.6 million
could be covered by a 4% reduction.

14. Could the District still shorten the current school year? If so, how much
would be saved?

We would have to work with our bargaining units as this is a negotiable item. The savings
per day if all units participate would be about $450,000. For example, eliminating three staff development days would save about $1.3 million. At most, the District could reduce the
school year by 10 days.

47. What are the costs involved with a parcel tax election and who pays those?

Some costs are born by the District and others by the campaign. The District is typically
responsible for costs up until the election is called. After that, the District is not allowed to campaign. A survey typically costs between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on its scope. Consultant costs vary, but could run about $60,000. Costs for the election itself are paid for by the District. The Measure G election cost about $250,000. There could be additional
costs for flyers, advertisements, etc.

Larry Tramutola, CEO, Founder, and Chief Strategist of Tramutola LLC, a consulting firm providing planning strategy and campaign management for public agencies stated:
"My advice is not to rush to a parcel tax measure. Just because you need money is not a good enough reason. The District has to be able to say what programs will be funded, determine an amount needed, and see if it is doable. The community has to know that one tax won't solve all of the funding problems. You also have to have a lot of people ready to work hard, and conducting a poll is a good idea. At this point, for Pleasanton Unified, a June ballot does not seem feasible. You can call a special election, but a parcel tax approved after June 30 cannot be collected until the following fiscal year."


 +   Like this comment
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

"The District has to be able to say what programs will be funded"
But we know what will be funded -- car allowances, cell phones and step & column raises for the teachers. Guess that's why they are so anxious to get the tax on the ballot.
4% cuts accross the board are the first requirement, then come talk to me.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Martin Litton, force of nature. An appreciation.
By Tom Cushing | 2 comments | 971 views

What to do with your buckets of water
By Tim Hunt | 2 comments | 635 views

Chanukah & The Bill of Rights
By Roz Rogoff | 0 comments | 458 views

How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 157 views