Livermore district mulls deep cuts
Original post made by Mary on Apr 6, 2009
"Though much of the state budget remains undecided, school officials say they must prepare for a worst-case scenario a potential $7 million to $8 million hit to its $116 million budget and staff of 1,300 full-time and part-time employees."
One of the things PUSD has been telling us is that our neighboring districts including Livermore and Dublin are in better shape than we are going into this budget crisis because they already have parcel taxes in place. They have made it sound like we need a parcel tax in order to "keep up with the Joneses."
Recent news reports that Dublin is increasing class sizes and moving elementary music to a fee based after school program.
Livermore is still facing cuts of the same magnitude that PUSD is facing.
The reason for this is that PUSD receives significantly more funding than other comparable districts even when those parcel tax monies are included! Go to look up info here. Comparatively, Pleasanton should NOT need a parcel tax!
on Apr 6, 2009 at 5:40 am
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Mary - Voters are beginning to see that PUSD (and now SPS) are misleading the public with their claims. While doing research on the Board of Trustees and their decision making, we've come across this:
On Feb 6, Trustee Kernan said at a PUSD workshop.
Trustee Pat Kernan said there isn't enough information to go forward on a parcel tax at this time.
"Until we know [the final state] budget, we can't go to the public because we don't know what we're asking for," he said. "We do know it's going to be a shared sacrifice."
That was Feb 6.
Four weeks later on Mar 5, the trustees vote for a parcel tax, even though it still doesn't know what the final state budget is.
The evidence mounts that PUSD is unwilling to do the hard work necessary to put their fiscal house into order. Even the Pleasanton Chamber held their nose and voted to support Measure G, with a rarely issued qualifier "While the Chamber backs Measure G, Raty said the endorsement also challenges the school board to address the long-term stability issues of school funding.
This parcel TAX (aka Measure G) remains a "feel-good band-aid on undiagnosed trauma". For example, as long as PUSD employees are receiving salary increases in the next year totalling approximately $2,000,000 the PUSD budget bleeding will continue. And what now is a $233 annual tax for four years will only grow and become permanent. Just take a look at what happened in Piedmont and Lafayette.
on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:52 am
@tax revolt 2
"Just take a look at what happened in Piedmont and Lafayette."
They both have excellent schools also. It is a good thing that those communities support their schools.
on Apr 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Forgive me, I don't understand?? PUSD gets more ADA money than Livermore but Livermore has a Parcel tax. I think it's about 4 Million a year. Livermore is going to make cuts that will reach the classroom. Do you want your children to go to a school in LIvermore? Even before State's budget cuts would you want your children to go to a livermore school?