Pleasanton school board to consider layoffs, Wi-Fi funding tonight

About 79 employees to be affected by reduced hours or layoffs

Pleasanton's school board will weigh Tuesday night whether to lay off dozens of school employees in light of reduced funding.

Many of the positions -- 57.4 full-time equivalent spots -- were temporary or probationary jobs, which are subject to renewal for each school year.

A total of 79.1 full-time equivalent spots will be eliminated, which means at least 79 people will have their hours cut or will be laid off completely -- possibly more, since some workers are employed part-time.

The district send a notice to employees in October that $3.7 million in one-time funding wasn't renewed by the state, which the district stated would most likely mean some of those employees would be laid off.

Among permanent, certificated employees, 21.7 full-time equivalent spots are on the chopping block. That includes two full-time equivalent spots in nursing, eight in instructional coaching and four in counseling, as well as three vice principal spots. District documents presented in the board packet didn't reveal which employees or which schools would be affected if the vote goes through.

Pleasanton Unified School District's board will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in closed session and 7 p.m. in open session at the district's headquarters on Bernal Avenue.

In other school news:

- The board will also decide whether to increase the district's Wi-Fi project budget by about $20,000 after unplanned needs were discovered during installation, such as a financial agreement with an IT company Ruckus Wireless who will handle maintenance of the system.

The $20,000 brings the total project budget to about $1.09 million, and the project aims to upgrade the entire district's wireless capability.

- The board will hear a presentation about class size requirements.

- The school board will decide whether to approve some school field trips for the spring semester.

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13 people like this
Posted by why
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

Why cut teaching jobs? What about administration cuts in district offices?

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Posted by AlamedaCountyNative
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

Layoffs? Didn't the school board recently pass raises for senior school administrators? Or is my memory faulty again? Why not rescind those raises and keep those employees farther down the chain?

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

Horrible! How did we end up in this mess! We need more schools, we are adding hundreds of new housings , yet our board wil cut staffing! Amazing!

13 people like this
Posted by Get Rid of Them
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

They are cutting student programs to pay for teacher retirement. This will get worse. They will go from paying 9% to 19% for the teacher retirement. Look at their last financial statements: they increased their liability by $150M. They only have a $100M budget. Where is that money going to come from...Student programs. Next they will ask for a Parcel Tax to pay for it. Combined with the raises they are idiots for fiscal management.

Time to clean out the school board.

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Posted by No Mas
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Are you kidding 9% to 19% retirement benefit ?

Please layout 200 teachers !!!! Rehire only the best as contractors/temps. This budget plan is not in alignment for the times, not the industry standards. I understand the value of good teachers, and goo pay and benefits. But, our P-Town teachers, along with those lovely Adminsitrators are just way off the mark

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Posted by disappointed wondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Well I guess we'll have great wifi but no staff? I guess the kids can sit in classrooms and do khan academy?

How do we attract the best and brightest staff when their jobs are contingent on a fundraiser?

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Posted by working parent
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Sadly, this article is missing a lot. They mention 79 full time equivalents, but then only mention a couple jobs that have direct contact/support with out students that I would be very disappointed in losing. I would guess some of the jobs must be coming from the administration side, but the article doesn't clarify. Also, the mention of the need for more money for Wi-Fi at the same time is very bad timing and only stirs up resentment from parents and community that the district is not spending their money in the best places.
It would be nice to better understand their plans to balance the budget. How much are they pulling from administration vs. those jobs/areas that have direct contact/influence on our students (the ones the community would prioritize in trying to keep). If they want to ever try and get a bond passed, they need to better communicate how they are spending their money currently and prove they are focusing their money on support for the students and not administration, legal fees or retirement. The article comes across that PUSD is doing the "easy" fix by cutting temp staff, but may not doing the "right" fix for the students.
PW-appreciate more info please before we make a judgment.

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

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@ why,
As the article stated, this has to do with the non-renewal of one-time funds. Many, if not most of these positions are administrative in nature, such as one director and curriculum coaches. Also, VP's will possibly be cut back.

@ Patriot,
We ended up in this mess because the leaders of the state of California has not made education a priority. What do we rank now, 41st, 42nd? Very low, whatever it is.

@ No Mas,
I'm sorry that we teachers are "way off the mark", and that we should be laid off (or laid out) and rehired as temps. And you say "Rehire only the best...", so using your logic, if half (of your 200 number) are the best, then we will need to hire 100 subs? Yea, THAT will help! Thankfully, most parents are very supportive of the work teachers put in every day. It's unfortunate you feel we need to be laid off.

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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Feb 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

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Show me a local/state/federal government board or agency and I'll show you how to cut 10% of payroll and another 10-20% of expenses.

There is absolutely no incentive for any agency to save tax-payer money and that's why it never happens.

2 people like this
Posted by res
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm

And yet the district is still giving free health insurance to retirees and that liability keeps going up since that benefit is not being funded at all.

12 people like this
Posted by Ridge Runner
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Of course they have to cut teaching staff, because they have to pay a search firm to find a new overpaid superintendent and they have to provide the superintendent with a car because ~$220k+ Salary isn't enough for the super to buy one for themselves...

The answer is simple: cut administration, cut Internet, save teachers, and honor teacher pensions...

If the board doesn't do that, fire them!

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 24, 2016 at 12:26 am

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Cutting teaching staff to fund liabilities needs to be treated as domestic terrorism. Our children's education being held as ransom.

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Posted by Patrick, Pleasanton USD
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2016 at 2:11 am

Hi 'Get Rid of Them' and 'No Mas',

Thank you for bringing the issue of retirement funding up - however it's important to clarify a few points in your statements.

The jump to 19% for teachers which will take place over the next 7 years is the employer contribution to the California State Teachers' Retirement System - not an increase in teacher benefits. To be clear, this increase in employer contribution is required by law and applies to all school districts across the state. Here's a link to the CalSTRS web site that includes the breakdown of the increase for all California school districts: Web Link

There are similar increases in employer/school district contributions for the California Public Employees Retirement System, as well.

We are actively reaching out to elected officials to advocate for more state funding to reduce the fiscal impact these retirement contribution increases have on school districts. I'd be happy to help answer any more questions you may have. Here is my email address:

Again, thank you for bringing this important issue to light.

Take Care,

Patrick Gannon, PUSD Coordinator of Communications & Community Engagement

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Posted by EBurke
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

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Fear Mongering... PUSD must be getting ready to float a bond.

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