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School trustees facing decisions based on educated guesses

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Feb 2, 2012

Pleasanton school trustees and senior staff members are starting to wrestle with a most challenging budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Tim, Barton could be saved by cutting one DO position, the Management Assistant. There is no value to any students from that position--so why shouldn't 150 Barton students win that debate? Or any other potential cut: reading specialists, counselors, and so on.

The empathy for the board members is surprising. They are the first rung on a ladder of politicians that listen to staff over the wishes of their constituents. And the majority of them aren't doing their own homework and asking difficult questions about what staff is presenting.

I will continue to advocate that any discussion about cuts must begin with looking at what matters for students, and that means protecting the classroom and actual learning. My guess is, by the time you get to the DO, there only will be money for a minimum number of key positions.