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Did PUSD make the case for a new tax?

Original post made by Start Afresh on Jan 26, 2011

Let's see. Last night (1/25) PUSD said their options are 1) cut spending 2) raise revenues and 3) spend reserves. And then told the public to go figure out the new spending cuts for themselves by going back to last year's documents. And that they don't have control over the union negotiation process. Same old story, DUH and thank you very much. You look like you don't have control over your destiny. Then again, maybe you really don't.
In which case, you will be denied a new tax revenue stream to paper over your weakness.
The Unions are screwing you around and the result (as seen last night) is Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. As the parcel tax consultant said, better get that parcel tax election done as soon as possible to take advantage of the voter climate.
PUSD and the unions have had a year to determine how to control personnel costs. They have chosen not to. They have chosen to drive to the edge of the cliff with kids falling out the back seat in order to get a parcel tax revenue stream going. What? It's $2M a year? That will only cover the annual step and column increases and the $400,000 in revenue limit reductions. They are toying with you for chump change. And will need to come back next year for more cuts and more change.
Toying with the second survey participants is exactly what the parcel tax survey consultant said. They manipulated the order of the parcel tax amounts in order to play the marketing game with the survey taker. Make the answer you want be the second answer. And voila! $98 is the answer.
PUSD doesn't tell you about this year's surplus, or that next year's projected deficit is only $3M, or that there is an additional $1M in revenue still coming from the state. Luz did not take off the CSR expense in FY12-13 that the state's new flexibility extensions eliminates. This made the FY 12-13 cuts $1.56M larger than needed.
Trustee Hintzkee hints at a state takeover of the district, Trustee Grant brings up the false argument of protecting property values, Trustees Bowser and Laursen and Grant mention Republicans and Democrats and 30 years of Sacramento dysfunction. Geez oh Man.
PUSD.....grow up....get your personnel expenses under control, get your negotiation cojones going and get a bold multi-year salary reduction in place, protect the kids at all costs, get your budgeting process cranking (you are months behind), show the community that you are serious enough to warrant even thinking about asking for a new tax.
Even one of your strongest parcel tax supporters took you to task for weaselly language and fear mongering.
Now, what again, is the case for a new tax? I hope there is an answer upon which a Feb 1 vote for a parcel tax is based. Otherwise, Parcel Tax 2 will be DOA. And the $225,000 it costs for a special election and all the money and effort Support Pleasanton Schools expends will be for naught.

Comments (48)

Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

As far as I am concerned it is Dead on Arrival. Without cost cuts it is a total waste of time.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

No they didn't. And good description of last night by the way.

Watching it, I'm starting to see how CA politics can go so horribly wrong. We don't elect brave politicians and they're not asking the right (hard) questions about the use of our taxpayer money. What I do know is that if I were a board member about to spend $200,000 + on an election, I would have asked the consultant:

"Given that people have said that they would support a parcel tax, but do not support salary increases, how are we going to deal with the step and column issue, which we know is a big issue for the people who oppose a parcel tax?"

"Is this election feasible if we continue with step and column?"

"How do we keep our marketing message honest regarding raises and win an election? Is this possible?" "Have you tested this in your survey?" "Can you demonstrate that spending this kind of money on an election will win with step and column in place?"

And I'd be asking myself if I were doing the right thing by our kids right now. I watched much of the meeting and was pretty shocked about how much time was spent on things that didn't exist when I was a kid, (can't parents keep their kids "well" and make sure that they exercise) while the whole infrastructure is falling apart.


Posted by M., a resident of Downtown
on Jan 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

M. is a registered user.

Unfortunate to be sure, but indeed as parent states it is a good example of how CA politics can and will go terribly wrong. The fact of the matter is that we in fact do not elect the people who are best suited to serve in public office across the board, unfortunately those best suited for such nasty jobs are people who would never dream of taking up such a job. Additional those who would be willing to do the job, and who are qualified to do so are in many cases simply unelectable. I doubt this is any different in any other state, it is simply a reflection on how distorted our entire political system has become over the years. What does this have to do with the PSDU debate, everything because they use the same tactics of fear mongering, and non-disclosure to deceive the pubic, delay proceedings and argue endless with no intention of fixing anything. In the end everyone is out for their own interests, which to a degree is just human nature, but taken to the extremes that they go to today is unacceptable.

M.


Posted by observing, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

The elected officials are afraid of the unions and they want to be liked by the unions (ever notice how much board member Grant is saying "thank you" every time the union speaks). The elected officials need to remember THEY WORK FOR THE RESIDENTS NOT THE UNION. This is not limited to the school board as the city has the same issues. The Board should be listening to the residents and then tell the superintendent to figure out how to make it happen.

I believe the board can call a fiscal emergency and tell the unions what the salary structure is for the next year.
I don't know if that even has to be done after this message:

"California's schools are in a state of financial emergency", according to the state's education chief, Tom Torlakson.

I believe that allows the district to set salaries for one year.

This parcel tax thing means we will have to fire a couple more teachers in order to pay for the parcel tax election that will barely keep up with the step and column raises for the first year.


Posted by A Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

@ observing - I'm going to look up those laws...and have some personal one-on-one discussions with some board members.

I do know that in talking to teachers at my children's school, morale is at an all time low. They do not see the parents as supporting them. Maybe it is time for different tactics??


Posted by to A Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Good idea. Their union isn't supporting them either (the newer ones anyhow). Teachers are caught right in the middle.


Posted by Morale is low, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

You are right, morale is low. We are going to be short money again and the 7th period has been brought back to the high school (something that was seen last year by teachers as the community/school district's way of helping solve the problem). Rumors are running wild that educators are going to be asked to vote again on furlough days, leaving some to wonder if the district is counting on a yes vote to save them money.

I for one will definitely vote no on furlough days, unless I see support from the DO and community. I know I am not the only one.


Posted by raven, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Wow, the lack of comment speaks volume to me. The installation of the new school board in in itself should start a conversation between parents. Another push at a parcel tax? Really. What, will do for my child that Silvan learning center couldn't do for the same amount of money? The teachers union have had their chance over and over again to make it right for a proper education for my child. Put the money that you already have in place in play. Bleeding me dry for more money isn't going to make a difference, It will only drive me in the direction of online schooling for the recourse of graduation requirements. My child desires better.


Posted by no more teacher raises, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:14 am

"They do not see the parents as supporting them. "
DUH! Give up some money in the form of S & C freeze and pay cuts! I will never support a parcel tax that goes nowhere other than to the teacher raises.
Now YAT will post that not EVERYONE gets raises every year and my counter to that is NO ONE should be getting raises in this economy.
Cut your expenses and stop asking me to finance your raises. That goes for every single PUSD employee.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

I wonder if morale is low because teachers want raises or if it's low because of the layoff notices coming in March? I suspect it's the layoff notices and that is entirely down to the board and their union. They need to talk quickly. Maybe it's changing a time honored process, but this is a flipping emergency. Start talking! Negotiate.

I couldn't believe the song and dance routine the board insisted on the last few years and I am sure that teachers are sick and tired of having to defend their jobs over and over. That is not fair and we should not expect the teachers to have to do that all over again.


Posted by observing, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

Morale is probably low for a few reasons.

1, the district keeps bring up a parcel tax which then requires teachers to have to defend their individual jobs. The district put the teachers in a bad position previously with the parcel tax as they had a poll that said it would not pass. Now they are asking for too low of a tax in order to get approval but will not solve any problem so this will require the district to ask for another parcel tax in year or two. Each time this happen it puts the teachers in the middle.

2, it is known that the problem we have had for a year or so will continue but the employee unions only negotiate one year at a time instead of helping come up with a multi-year plan. This requires the issues to be revisited every year and puts stress on the teachers.

3, Many teachers will get pink slips. Twenty or so of the teachers will need to be fired each year in order to pay the step and column raises.

4, I believe many teachers would take a 5% - 7% pay cut, or handle step and column, as they feel that they are fairly well paid and taken care of. The unions will not allow this because they feel it is giving in. So the unions put the teachers in this situation each year.

5, The district and union put these teachers in this situation be passing along all of the cost of living adjustments received right to the employees. This works out great when the economy is good and tax revenue increases year over year. It does not work when tax revenue is flat or decreases. By not putting some of the cost of living adjustments received by the state into a reserve, the district and unions are creating a "hostile" environment if tax revenue is flat or goes down.

6, the teachers know that the $98/parcel will not do much and it pulls the community apart each time an additional tax is asked for.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

Can the board and union consider this, or something like it, to help improve this messy situation? Instead of assuming the worst, let's assume the June state extension tax measure will pass, so with natural attrition / retirements taken into account, no teacher layoff slips / program slashing needed in March. I know that is a risky assumption so let's agree in February that if the tax does not pass the union agrees to freeze step and column (1.6M) and to the furlough days needed to make up the difference. The community will raise the rest of the $500,000+ as they have done for the past two years. A parcel tax would mean that furlough days could be scrapped and valuable programs restored in either scenario.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

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Some of this deficit could have been handled last year by not using furloughs as a cost-cutting measure. The use of furloughs was just kicking the can down the road.


Posted by No to a parcel tax, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

I plan to vote no. A 98 dollar parcel tax will not do much if we do not freeze step and column. We are talking about only 2 million per year, and if we do not freeze step and column, about all the parcel tax would finance, directly or indirectly, is step and column.

Unless I see that step and column will be frozen, as part of the parcel tax language, I will vote no.

The consultants should be fired. They did not do a good job. They did not ask the right questions or surveyed enough people. Please fire them and do not continue paying them.

I would gladly support a 300 or 500 parcel tax if I knew it would go for sure to programs, and that no money, from current or future funds will be used for teacher raises, perks, step and column.

I do not buy the arguments of the board members. They seemed highly incompetent. Then again, didn't one of them went through personal foreclosure not long ago? How can we trust these people with the district finances when 1) one cannot manage their own finances 2) one is married to a teacher and his own family income is at stake 3) one is a yes man who claims step and column is not a raise

We need competent people on the board, but it is too late for that (too bad Piderit did not get elected). What we can do as a community is reject the parcel tax until sound financial decisions are made.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

"Unless I see that step and column will be frozen, as part of the parcel tax language, I will vote no."

I don't think you'll ever see that. Rejecting a parcel tax won't do anything to change that. What will happen is programs will continue to be cut.


Posted by No on a parcel tax, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

"I don't think you'll ever see that. Rejecting a parcel tax won't do anything to change that. What will happen is programs will continue to be cut."

Programs will be cut regardless of the 98 dollar parcel tax. Get real! If the 98 dollar parcel tax were to pass, all it would finance would be the step and column nonsense. Cuts will be made this coming school year regardless of the passing/failing of a parcel tax, and I will not finance teacher raises while I see my kids being short changed due to the selfishness of the teachers who demand raises when there is simply no money.

I have read your posts before, and I do not understand your thinking. How can you be all for a parcel tax knowing that every penny will go to finance raises? Last year, it was 1.6 million, but every year the s&c raises increase, so the second year it will be more than 1.6 million. If a tax were to pass, the 8 million it would raise over a period of 4 years would all go to raises, and we may even be short because the cost of step and column increases each year.

Programs will be cut, with or without the 98 dollar parcel tax, it is that simple.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

"Programs will be cut, with or without the 98 dollar parcel tax, it is that simple."

$2 million worth of programs will be cut if the parcel tax doesn't pass. If the parcel tax passes, those programs will be saved. We will be paying for step and column raises either way. If the parcel tax fails, we will be paying for step and column. If the parcel tax passes, we will be paying for step and column. We will be paying step and column either way. Don't you agree?

"How can you be all for a parcel tax knowing that every penny will go to finance raises? "

Who says I'm "all for a parcel tax"? I'm just trying to point out what the real results of our vote will be. I'm also not dead set against teacher raises either. I suggested that the scale of the step and column schedule could be changed to save several million, but I doubt that will get any traction.


Posted by Start Afresh, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Let the teachers, classified and administration keep their S&C if they want. There are plenty more options for PUSD to control costs Web Link that should be implemented before a parcel tax is asked for.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

"There are plenty more options for PUSD to control costs Web Link that should be implemented before a parcel tax is asked for."

I don't think there is any chance you're going to see salary cuts. Of course you can always cut salaries or freeze or reduce raises to make up for a budget shortfall, but it isn't going to happen. I think we have to be realistic.


Posted by Start Afresh, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

To 'concerned parent' - If you think there aren't going to be S&C freezes or salary cuts, then you are saying that the unions care only about protecting their senior employees and their salaries, and care nothing of the kids. Yes?


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

"Of course you can always cut salaries or freeze or reduce raises to make up for a budget shortfall, but it isn't going to happen"

Why not? It's happened to a lot of other people. State workers salaries are being cut by 10%. We're just asking for a freeze until the budget looks better so we do not have to lay teachers off and continue to educate the kids.


Posted by observing, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

My feeling is if all employees do not take a 5% - 7% paycut now when we are in this situation with less tax revenue, we do not give out any raises in the future until we have reserves of at least 5 years of step and column saved up which comes to $31.5M. They will have shown us that they want to take all of our money when times are good but do not help when it is not. So to protect us we need to have a large enough reserve when times are better to protect us for future downturns in the economy.


Posted by No on a parcel tax, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

"If the parcel tax fails, we will be paying for step and column. If the parcel tax passes, we will be paying for step and column. We will be paying step and column either way. Don't you agree?"

I agree, and that is why I am voting no. I am not letting the district fool me into thinking I am paying for a parcel tax for the benefit of the students when in truth all I would be doing is financing raises. If teachers have their raise, I want the community to understand why class sizes are going to be bigger, why some programs will be gone: because the teachers got their step and column/raise. No more talk about teachers' "sacrifice." Let everyone see the kind of people that we trust to educate our kids: a selfish bunch that cares not about the students but about raises, and demands their goodie bag even when the money is not there.

"I'm also not dead set against teacher raises either"

Why not? If you know that step and column raises means cutting programs, why would you not be against teacher raises? I don't understand your logic. Step and column costs more each year, so each year, even if the parcel tax were to pass, you would see more and more student programs cut in order to finance raises.

Reform is needed, and I suspect we will see some of that in the near future. The country is in desperate need to fix what is broken, because our debt is rising, and we can no longer afford the liabilities we have thanks to the public sector.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

"If you think there aren't going to be S&C freezes or salary cuts, then you are saying that the unions care only about protecting their senior employees and their salaries, and care nothing of the kids. "

I wouldn't put it in black and white terms like that. "care nothing of the kids" sounds too much like you're for me or you're agin me. I'd say they're looking out for their own interests, but I wouldn't say they don't care about anything about the kids.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

"We're just asking for a freeze until the budget looks better so we do not have to lay teachers off and continue to educate the kids."

Why are you saying we? Is there some kind of organization asking for this? Are they open to other ideas? What about a temporary reduction in the size of raises in step and column until the economy improves? Is someone taking suggestions to the school board?


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

"We" as in the people who would like step and column frozen so we can pass a parcel tax that will stop the layoffs and benefit the kids. No official organization. Of course you can take your suggestions to the board, just email or set up a meeting with them.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

By the way concerned parent, I do like your idea (though am not sure if it goes far enough to change people's minds about the subject) and think you should go to the board with it. Maybe show them this one too? I genuinely would like a parcel tax to work - I just don't think it will right now given S&C.

"Can the board and union consider this, or something like it, to help improve this messy situation? Instead of assuming the worst, let's assume the June state extension tax measure will pass, so with natural attrition / retirements taken into account, no teacher layoff slips / program slashing needed in March. I know that is a risky assumption so let's agree in February that if the tax does not pass the union agrees to freeze step and column (1.6M) and to the furlough days needed to make up the difference. The community will raise the rest of the $500,000+ as they have done for the past two years. A parcel tax would mean that furlough days could be scrapped and valuable programs restored in either scenario."


Posted by Start Afresh, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

To 'concerned parent' - Reducing the size of the annual raises would, of course, be a cost saving measure. PUSD estimates that this year's step and column additional expense will be $1.5M. If you cut raises in half, that would save $750,000.
That would help with 10% of the estimated $7.7M PUSD thinks they have as 'budget challenges'.
What other cost saving measures do you have in mind?


Posted by Teacher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I would gladly support a S&C freeze on my paycheck to help out the schools as long as the city passes a parcel tax. However, even last year when we took the first step in voluntarily taking furlough days to help out the schools, we did not see our community step up (minus the CORE funds that unfortunately didn't amount to much). So I'm curious as to why on earth this community thinks that we should once again voluntarily give up part of our paychecks to help the schools when this community has not shown that they are willing to do their part even though it is their kids????


Posted by Mary, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I would vote for a 98 dollar parcel tax if the teachers would freeze their salaries at the current level for at least the next 10 years and also if school went from 0800 - 1700 daily. Japanese children go during these times and also go on Saturday for "cram" school to gain an edge. This is what is going to be required to compete globally.

Does not really matter if a parcel tax passes or not because we run out of money without reform period.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

"Does not really matter if a parcel tax passes or not because we run out of money without reform period."

What does that mean "run out of money without reform period"?

Can you show me some analysis that over the next ten years we will always have a shortfall? Are you predicting that there will be no economic recovery in ten years? What kind of reform are you talking about? Are you unhappy with education quality in PUSD. Do you think it compares unfavorably to the average Japanese school district? I'm talking about PUSD specifically. By the way, the Japanese have had about 15 years of economic stagnation.


Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

"we did not see our community step up minus the CORE funds that unfortunately didn't amount to much.".

That's a bit rude, people worked hard on this.


Posted by lynne, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This area has more people donating their time, and opening their purses than most areas put together. We are all struggling, not just our schools. My company put a freeze on all wages two years ago, and I don't have the option of receiving hand outs. Please don't think that I don't care about education, but most people don't have the money to give.


Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

"They will have shown us that they want to take all of our money when times are good but do not help when it is not."

Where and when have the teachers shown this? Negotiations have not yet taken place, so where is your basis for this inflammatory comment?

The teachers aka the union saved the district $4.5 million dollars last year- significantly more than any other effort to save programs. They were the first in all the surrounding districts to take such action on a voluntary basis.

In a time where many are calling for a shared sacrifice- I would have to say the comments here are beyond rude.


Posted by Start Afresh, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Learn - Actually, teacher furlough days saved approx $2.18M this year. The rest of the savings were elimination of teacher positions and furlough days from the prior school year. Get your numbers right.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Concerned Parent,

I just think that little old Pleasanton and our teachers getting their raises for 98 dollars is not even worth the effort. Take a look at the state and counties. We have a 25 billion dollar deficit in this state and are going to be getting some huge cuts in services and a lot of people are going to lose their jobs. We already have one of the highest tax rates in the nation and we are completely unattractive to business so to think that Pleasanton is going to be immune from the economic titanic coming out way is quite naive. We would be better off just letting the filth get washed away. Don't believe me? Just stay tuned and watch the show in the coming 2 years.


Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Start Afresh, I know since you value correct numbers you wouldn't want to deceive the community with your last post. Here is a break down of the $4.5 million in savings that the teachers overwhelmingly voted for last year- including immediate reductions to their salaries to save positions due to last school year's reductions even though that meant breaking their existing contracts.


"School district and teachers' association reach agreement on concessions

The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers are pleased to announce that they have signed a Tentative Agreement for the 2010/11 school year which will provide $4,587,000 in certificated bargaining unit concessions, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The agreement is for one year, and includes the following:

Three unpaid furlough days in the current school year: the total amount saved by this action is $1,080,000.

Five unpaid furlough days in 2010/11: The savings from this action is $1,800,000.

Increase in staffing ratios at middle and high schools: The savings from this action is $864,000.

Suspension of the 7 period day at high school: The savings from this action is $448,000.

Suspension of voluntary Staff Development Reform hours: $380,000.

Suspension of the Teacher Support and Training Advisory Committee: Savings from this action will be about $15,000."


Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Start Afresh, I know since you value correct numbers you wouldn't want to deceive the community with your last post. Here is a break down of the $4.5 million in savings that the teachers overwhelmingly voted for last year- including immediate reductions to their salaries to save positions due to last school year's reductions even though that meant breaking their existing contracts.


"School district and teachers' association reach agreement on concessions

The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers are pleased to announce that they have signed a Tentative Agreement for the 2010/11 school year which will provide $4,587,000 in certificated bargaining unit concessions, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The agreement is for one year, and includes the following:

Three unpaid furlough days in the current school year: the total amount saved by this action is $1,080,000.

Five unpaid furlough days in 2010/11: The savings from this action is $1,800,000.

Increase in staffing ratios at middle and high schools: The savings from this action is $864,000.

Suspension of the 7 period day at high school: The savings from this action is $448,000.

Suspension of voluntary Staff Development Reform hours: $380,000.

Suspension of the Teacher Support and Training Advisory Committee: Savings from this action will be about $15,000."


Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Start Afresh, I know since you value correct numbers you wouldn't want to deceive the community with your last post. Here is a break down of the $4.5 million in savings that the teachers overwhelmingly voted for last year- including immediate reductions to their salaries to save positions due to last school year's reductions even though that meant breaking their existing contracts.


"School district and teachers' association reach agreement on concessions

The Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers are pleased to announce that they have signed a Tentative Agreement for the 2010/11 school year which will provide $4,587,000 in certificated bargaining unit concessions, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The agreement is for one year, and includes the following:

Three unpaid furlough days in the current school year: the total amount saved by this action is $1,080,000.

Five unpaid furlough days in 2010/11: The savings from this action is $1,800,000.

Increase in staffing ratios at middle and high schools: The savings from this action is $864,000.

Suspension of the 7 period day at high school: The savings from this action is $448,000.

Suspension of voluntary Staff Development Reform hours: $380,000.

Suspension of the Teacher Support and Training Advisory Committee: Savings from this action will be about $15,000."


Posted by PEVC, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

To 'Learn' - Since you say that the suspension of the 7th period day and the raising of staffing ratios were 'teacher decisions', then you agree that teachers sacrificed our children's education opportunities in order to protect step and column salary increases and longevity bonuses.
Thank-you for confirming this.
Since when do teachers get to decide to sacrifice my kids education?
I think we'll have another 3% of the vote moving against the parcel tax.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I don't think teachers should be payed at all. Every dollar paid to a teacher is a dollar that is taken away from our children. It is shameful! We should have only volunteer teachers! ;-)

What is with this teachers are evil thing?


Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

You dismiss 4.5 million in savings, did you need to see the breakdown of what was saved because of this? Or because it doesn't affect you directly, it's wrong?

Thank you for confirming that nothing the teachers do will never be enough for this community. This sends a very clear message to the schools.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

The furlough days basically allowed teachers to pay for their own step-and-column increase for that year. Maybe that's the way a parcel tax would not go to S&C. :)


Posted by Bill Fazakerly, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm

As long as we have an annual salary range for an assistant superintendent going up to $180,000+, with a golden parachute retirement, wonderful health care, and only 220 working days per year. Administrative assistants are getting paid between $76,800 and $88,488 per year with the same unbelievable, unsustainable benefits. These compensation packages are way out of line with my experience in the private sector for engineering, science, and administrative jobs: these private sector people generally have more education, more training, more experience, more responsibility, and a lot more hours of work. As long as the folks running our schools are getting these kind of salaries and benefits, there is no way any hard working homeowner in Pleasanton should sign up to donate another nickel to our schools.
Bill


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

Bill,

Not passing a parcel tax won't do anything to change the salaries of assistant superintendents. It will only lead to more cuts to programs that affect students.

By the way, plenty of the engineers who work in my department get well over $100k in base salary, plus bonuses, stock options, ESPP, 100% health care coverage for individuals, and VSP, and 401k match. Those numbers you don't sound that far out of line. The big difference is the retirement at 55 with a guaranteed pension.


Posted by Start Afresh, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

"Not passing a parcel tax won't do anything to change the salaries of assistant superintendents."
It would if it convinced PUSD to do an across the board salary reduction along with other cost reductions that do not affect the classroom.
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Posted by Learn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

"these private sector people generally have more education, more training, more experience, more responsibility, and a lot more hours of work."

Bill, have you seen the level of experience and education our assistant sups have? Do you know their job description and hours that are required for the job, or are you just posting to take away from their professionalism? From your comment, I believe you have never looked into the job or even spoken to those working in the district office.

Did you know about the cut in perks and salary they voluntarily took last year, and did you know their entire department was cut 23%? Not even a mention of how much this saved the district! Do you have the amount their contribute monthly to their retirement or are you satisfied with wrongly assuming they don't?

You reach to compare PUSD, the second largest employer in Pleasanton, to the public sector, yet this is not the practice of current CEO and CFO in the public sector.


Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

"It would if it convinced PUSD to do an across the board salary reduction along with other cost reductions that do not affect the classroom."

It won't do that. Not a chance. On top of that, plenty of voters don't want that. They specifically want teachers to be well paid.


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