Response to editorial
Original post made by John Casey, Superintendent on Jan 18, 2008
Through a thorough review of our budget this year (2007/08) and all possible reductions in spending, I believe that, if the Governor does take money back from school districts this year, Pleasanton Unified will be able to operate through June without layoffs. However, if the budget for next year (2008/09) goes through as proposed, Pleasanton Unified would have to cut 4 to 4.5 million dollars from our budget. Since over the past decade we have already pared many programs back, a cut of this magnitude would not be possible without a reduction in personnel and deep cutbacks in services to students.
In regards to enrollment, the demographer's report did project a decline of 71 students next year. The state supports districts in declining enrollment situations for one year, but after that, there would be a real loss in revenue. The numbers project a slight increase in elementary enrollment, and the Board still believes that Neal School is needed if we are housing more than 6,000 students in grades K through 5 and if an agreement can be reached about construction financing.
John M. Casey, Superintendent
Pleasanton Unified School District
on Jan 23, 2008 at 6:54 am
Parents..... please stay involved with school fundraising events. Even if it's giving your teacher $10 at the beginning of the year to buy supplies - it makes all the difference in the world. If we all just saved those Boxtops, or bought just one roll of gift think about the money that could accumulate for our schools. It pains me to see that budgets may be potentially cut and that we can lose some of our precious teachers. Kids and education first. Please remember that!
on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:01 am
The one thing that I find disturbing about schools now days is the way the fundraiser money is spent. They seem to think it is important to spend money on more computers, more software, fancy overhead projectors, etc. I am sorry, but in this day and age I just find some of these things unnecessary. When I was in elementary school in the 1980's it was nice to have computers at school because not all of the children had them at home. Nowdays, even low income children have them at home, which negates the point of playing computer games at school.
As a former educator myself, I say spend more money on hiring good teachers, more books, supplies (paper, art supplies, manipulatives, etc.). Maybe some of the budget cuts will force some of these administrators to get "back to basics" so teachers can TEACH rather than carting a whole class off to the computer lab to play games or fiddle around with the latest technology.
on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:28 am
AL brings up a good point. As an active Internet participant and observer since 1994 I witnessed a rise in people looking for problems that fit the technology rather than technology that fit the problems. Then teachers were stuck trying to figure out how to incorporate the new technology into their curriculum instead of finding gaps in their teaching plans that the new technology could address. A waste.