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School board to ponder restoring jobs, smaller classes

Original post made on Feb 11, 2014

The Pleasanton school board will be looking at whether to permanently bring back some of the jobs it restored on a one-time basis last year and bringing back some other jobs at its meeting tonight.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:04 AM


Posted by Upcoming Kindergartener, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Why does every article on this topic only address class size reduction in first grade and up? My understanding is that Kindergarten in PUSD currently has a 30:1 Ratio (see comment #4 at Web Link). Why is no one addressing CSR at the kindergarten level? (Including PW writers, who keep forgetting to mention it...) Anyone who has young children will tell you that a 30:1 ratio in kindergarten is utter insanity. I can't imagine that a whole lot of early foundational learning is happening with a ratio like that.

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

What about paying the unfunded liability of retiree medical, or finally vote to remove this benefit that is not appropriately paid for? As a reminder ot the community, retiree medical is a fairly recent benefit. It started when Clem was hired as HR in the district and wanted to give all of his friends more of our tax money. It is time to fix this mistake.

Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm


Are you saying that you are in favor of keep k-3 classes large? You're more worried about "unfunded liability of retiree medical"? And how would this money be used to pay that?

And please don't start the BS about now research supporting smaller class sizes. Research does support class sizes much smaller than 30 (like ideally 15-20 for k-3).

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I am in the camp that if we are giving employees a benefit, we need to account and pay for it.

My first preference is to recognize the cost and how much this benefit is not necessary and takes away from programs like CSR and therefore it should be eliminated.

If the board is going to keep this benefit, it should be paid for and let the board justify why giving retirees free medical insurance is better for our kids than CSR.

With liabilities like this, the longer you put off paying for it, the more it cost.

Posted by s_elena, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

I believe kids need to have class chores in order to learn how to become responsible adults. So in the future these children will get more job opportunities, especially with professionally written resumes and cover letters (here is good resume supporting service Web Link ) as they were taught how to become self-disciplined. Parents and teachers should teach children that their efforts are important and appreciated.

Posted by s_elena, a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Aug 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

VOTE Web Link