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PUSD summary of board actions on June 3

Original post made by Sandy, Mohr Park, on Jun 4, 2009

I just received an email via the district's e-connection, which briefly summarizes the action taken at last night's board meeting. I wanted to repost it here since not all parents (and I imagine very few citizens without kids in school) are signed up for district emails.

At last night's meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to implement Class Size Reduction at 25:1 in grades K-3 and 9. This is the "break even" point where the funds from the state fully support the program. They also voted to postpone a one-time OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) payment of $674,000 and bring back 4 FTE counseling, 2 FTE reading specialists, $45,000 in Barton support, and 3 FTE classified (in libraries and technology). Cabinet and principals will decide what grade levels these counselors will support.

Please note that these positions are funded by one-time money for 09/10. Future funding for 10/11 and beyond is an unknown. The Board's action will lead to the recision of about 40 final layoff notices.

The Board has canceled the June 5 meeting that was tentatively scheduled and will meet again on Tuesday, June 9, starting time to be determined.

One item that they have asked for additional information about is summer school. As of now, there are no changes to the program, but we will keep you informed.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

I’m concerned that they have chosen to cancel tomorrow’s meeting. It would seem that with the challenges the district faces, more time, not less, is needed in order for the board to work with the administration AND the public.

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Posted by hard head
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm

what challenges? It's business as usual at PUSD. All the gloom and doom prior to Measure G were just show to get more money. We have the NO voters to thank for saving out butts.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jun 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

This is *not* the same thing as what would have happened if measure G had passed.

If measure G had passed, over 65 additional positions could have been reinstated to keep class sizes at 20 instead of raising them to 25.

Strings and band for 4th and 5th graders would have been reinstated.

8 FTE custodians who have been laid off would have been reinstated.

7 counselors would be saved, not just 4.

Out of the 11.5 technology and library staff pink-slipped three months ago, only 3 were reinstated last night. 8 more would still be working for our children and teachers if measure G had passed.

I want to say this firmly. The board did not "find" $4.58 million in next year's budget. They found a way to make use of options they did not know they would have, when they put measure G on the ballot, to postpone about $1 million of the $9.7 million in cuts. For one year.

Next year, when the stimulus money is spent, another $8 million in cuts will need to be made.

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