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Pleasanton school board approves $115 million budget, raises highest teacher salaries to $99,000

Original post made on Jun 20, 2013

The Pleasanton School Board approved a $115 million budget for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday night that includes more than $750,000 in deficit spending.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6:52 AM

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Posted by AlamedaCountyNative, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

So the highest paid school people make $200,000+, work(?) 220 days per year and get 40 days vacation? In addition older teachers can make $99000 per year. Apparently the only requirement for that salary is to be old. You don't have to be a good teacher, just old.
"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards."
Mark Twain,


Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

The math is escaping me...Parvin "works 223 days and has 24 days vacation". What happens to the other 118 days, aren't those considered vacation? Wouldn't her 24 days of vacation be counted in them? I thought the school district people worked year round.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

ACN, Not totally correct. Teachers move on the step and column salary schedule by years of service and for accruing additional education credits. In the case of those getting Masters or Doctoral degrees, you almost can't work long enough to recoup the costs of getting those degrees. If we want to retain the best and brightest, I think we have to encourage a teacher's continuing education and reimburse them. Otherwise, there is little incentive and we have people in the classroom who can (not necessarily "will") stagnate. While professional development through a district program is good, it is limited in time and scope. It makes sense to get out among other teachers and their trainers.


Posted by Jill, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

@anon: 5 workdays/week x 52.14 weeks/year = 261 possible workdays/year.

Ahmadi: 223 + 24 = 247
Cazares, Faraghan, Douglas: 220 + presumably similar leave as Ahmadi

That leaves 14-17 days. I count 12 district holidays on the instructional calendar at Web Link


Posted by Math is Hard, a resident of Horizon High School
on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

MATH IS HARD, anon.


Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

My Bad. I was counting the weekends, which I guess for the salary they are getting they should be working 365 days a year. Jill's breakdown makes sense.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I have the impression that there are lots of JEALOUS BUGS in Plutonia!


Posted by For education, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

We need well paid teacher/educators. Lets see they paid more taxes than Donald T or Romney. Have no off shore deals and they love Pleasanton. Not so bad.


Posted by teacher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

Actually, we just need good administrators and educators. I'm not sure we are getting our moneys worth...


Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

To 'For education': LOL! You are right that Donald T and Romney paid less in local taxes (used for education) BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. This is no different than saying that you pay less local taxes than teachers in New York.

At the federal level, where little money actually gets into the classrooms, Donald T and Romney pay significantly more taxes than you and I and all teachers. Their tax bill has many more digits in front of the decimal point than teachers/educators.

The big problem however are the administrators that pat themselves on the back and give their own raises, high pensions, and methods to spike pensions that they do not pay their fair share for (leaving the taxpayer with the bill). Just look at the CalSTRS $100,000 pension club and you will see a lot of retired administrators from Pleasanton well above a $100,000 per year pension and in some cases near $200,000 plus many receive free medical insurance paid for by us.


Posted by 99K - Honestly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

The PUSD has teachers that make over 130K per year. Many actually receive overtime pay even though they only work a max of 180 days per year and seven hours per day. Look at the database:

Web Link=


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

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Here is more coverage on the data base and something called pension pickup: Web Link


Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Kathleen! One interesting line in the article you provided might be worth cutting and pasting here:

"The state retirement system for teachers has never allowed the practice."

Funny that you didn't point that out in your post--a post clearly intended to fuel outrage about teacher salaries. Hmm...


Posted by really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

If you think teachers have it made, go be one! The students have to be there 180 days, 7 hours/day. That doesn't mean the teachers stop working. They don't leave at 2:50 the last day of school and show back up at 8:15 the first day of school. That's what our kids do. Do you deal with 30+ clients at the same time all day long? It's a tough job that doesn't end the second the kids go home.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

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Sorry NS. As you recall, I think the best teachers don't make enough.

There was no bias in my post. Those who take the time to read the information and/or look at the data base will see exactly what you posted.


Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

Riiiight... You introduced "pension pickup" into the thread complaining about how much teachers make because you DIDN'T want people to think teachers were doing this. Riiight...

You and Paula Deen seem to think that despite your behavior, if you just say "I'm the opposite of what I do" that it's true.

Sad.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

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The topic is about the budget and teachers receiving a raise. I did not complain about either. Another poster provided a link only to the data base; I provided the link to the story that explains the data base.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

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Perhaps a teacher can verify this, but I believe the "OT" designation does not actually explain why teachers may get some additional pay. One example is a high school teacher who foregoes a prep period and takes on a singleton class (as explained to me, if you have five math teachers and 26 sections, one of the five may consider taking the remaining section and receive compensation). It's not like a teacher works from 8 am-3 pm and is paid OT if they stay in the classroom until 5 pm every day.


Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

The teacher's who teach do not make too much money. The teachers who don't teach make too much money. The administrators, principals, and counselors make too much money, and none of the administrative assistants make enough money. And the unions make sure that no one can ever fix any of the problems.


Posted by Virginia, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thank's, Chemist. Your comment's on teacher's make it all clear. And good argument's two. Keep up the good work.


Posted by Herb, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm

By the way, teachers do not have to work 8 hours a day. My wife called to inquire and I think it's around 6.5 hours. And late Wednesday to "collaborate"?
More like sleep in.

The teachers claim they spend all evening correcting papers. In my experience the students do most of that. "Hand the test to the person on your left and well correct the test".

What a great gig


Posted by Virginia, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

(Post makes no sense and has been removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff.)


Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

(Post makes no sense and has been removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff.)


Posted by Pay attention parents, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2013 at 1:19 am

"Posted by Nurse Shark, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Kathleen! One interesting line in the article you provided might be worth cutting and pasting here:

""The state retirement system for teachers has never allowed the practice."

Funny that you didn't point that out in your post--a post clearly intended to fuel outrage about teacher salaries. Hmm..."

The CalSTRS retirement pension system has been very active in providing additional pension pay for teachers. While the teachers were required to contribute 8% of pay toward their own pension they haven't done that over the past 10 years. 2% of the 8% contribution (25%) has been diverted from the pension contribution and sent toward other Teacher benefits. While that was happening the cost to taxpayers continues to rise almost exponetially. The teachers get additional benefits while the taxpayers get additional unfunded liability.

It's a bad deal for taxpayers, current students, and future generations.


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