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Budget Cut and Layoff Coming to Pleasanton?

Original post made by Worried Citizen, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Oct 13, 2015

Take a look at the school board's budget for the next few years,Web Link . They are deficit spending 4.7M next year and $400k the following year. Benefits are going up 10% and they just gave the employees a 3.8% raise. Be diligent people and keep the board accountable to be fiscally responsible. Why give out big raises when it leads to deficit spending and layoff AGAIN!

Comments (14)

Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

Yes cutbacks are coming, I'm surprised more people have not picked up on this post. It's doom and gloom all over again for our schools. All those instructional coaches, vice principals, library and tech support and other support jobs are on the chopping block. Our schools are finally working again but the pot of money has run dry.


Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

So, you're saying our schools were NOT working? What was not working then but is working now?


Posted by Parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Is this for real?


Posted by a reader
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 16, 2015 at 11:05 pm

Parcel Tax!


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 17, 2015 at 8:38 am

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I'd like to see the rest of the docs, but if you read the line "Ending Balance Jun 30," I don't see deficits. It also says at the top, "with a 3.8% compensation increase." Don't know if multi-year increases were already negotiated. Also can't tell the rest of the story w/o supporting report. Is this a document created for a budget report; negotiations; back of the napkin thinking?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

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Here is the commentary that accompanied the budget page:
Web Link

On August 18, 2015, the Administration provided the Board of Trustees with a 45-Day Budget Revision, based on updated information offered in the 2015-16 State Adopted Budget. The August 18, 2015 budget update did not include the expenditures associated with the 3.8% increase in compensation because that Board item was prepared prior to the approval of the compensation increases. In addition, the August 18 budget update focused on the 2015-16 Budget specifically.

The Administration would like to present the Board of Education with an update on the District’s 2015-16 Budget and Multi-year Budgets (attachment A), with the following key updated revenue and expenditure assumptions:

Revenues

2016-17 LCFF revenue adjustments from $119.4 M in the June 2015 Adopted Budget to $114.8 M
2017-18 LCFF revenue adjustments from $123 M in the June 2015 Adopted Budget to $118.5 M
Expenditures

3.8% increase in compensation in the current and multi-year budgets (ongoing expenditures).
While not all groups have settled, this informational report does provide the same compensation package for all groups.
As noted, based on current information, the District meets the required 3% Required Reserve for Economic Uncertainties in all the years. Based on current projections and information, the Estimated Undesignated Reserve is at under 2% accordingly:

1.32% in 2015-16
1.83% in 2016-17
0.91% in 2017-18
The current budget year includes approximately $3.7 million of expenditures with almost 40 FTE, previously approved as one-time and budgeted in 2015-16 only.


Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I agree that KR is putting up some interesting numbers. Thank you.

As for Henny Penny, time for a nap!


Posted by a reader
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Why is THAT person posting here? I thought that person was banned.


Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Public unions are back at stirring up ....dust. Today I heard CA college unions are back talking greedy numbers again. You know, the ones who are the cause of making CA public colleges out of reach for parents with middle income. They say the 'public' have all recovered, WRONG! Not middle-age white males, who can't play the race card, and are non-techies. Companies prefer to just hire no-benefit 'contract' workers, job by job, to avoid benefit expenses. Former professional workers, who are now hourly are still homeowners. Yet, are expected to continue struggling to pay public workers, who know no limits. It was just announced that since we have ' ZERO ' INFLATION social security recipients will receive ZERO increases, homeowner or not. Just 'being' doesn't cut it. Some will suffer, but will have to pay for those who just say 'I WANT more', without justification. Why shouldn't public employees have to have individual 'performance' reviews ??? COL is one thing, but 'raises' should be 'justified' case by case...you know, like in the real world.
Across-the-board public workers think each and every one happens to actually 'earned' increases for 'just being', inflation or not. I would like to review each workers job file, since there is no inflation. I guess they think they each have performed 'exceptionally' Ahh, and plus the 'benefit', of job security.


Posted by The true "deficit"
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Oct 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

The deficit we should all be worried about as parents and taxed residents isn't the budget deficit. It's the motivational deficit in the heart of our educators and administrators. Our teacher contracts reward longevity, not performance, and our administrators are handcuffed to their plight. I'm not blaming the teachers. How would you like a job where no amount of hard work, time invested, intelligence, or personal sacrifice could set you apart from your peers? It would be horrible. I truly believe many entered the career with lofty goals. But when they see Teacher B underperforming yet getting the same rewards it's demoralizing.

The average resident has no idea how teachers are compensated. Our district's starting salary is $64,558 for 9 month's worth. That's $85,862 annualized. Starting pay, for a NEW teacher! Go to your child's school website and check the colleges attended by their teachers. They are not the universities you would expect to warrant such high starting pay for new college graduates. A community college student who transfers to Cal State East Bay and gets a BA starts at that $64,558 (for nine months) rate. Once hired, their annual pay increase comes off a service years chart, with no performance element. They wait out time to reach the tenured status. From that day on, they are untouchable. Cannot lose their job!

Sounds good,right? Go to a mediocre state school, get a job paying more than your peers leaving UCLA, guaranteed pay raises, and after a handful of years you have employment for life! What's not to love? For substandard teachers, i assume this is a dream contract. But for the majority it must be horrible. We all love to achieve. Yet when your hard work earns you nothing more than your lazy teacher peer, life would stink.

All of this info re: teacher pay is on Pleasanton Unified's website under HR. If you want to research further go to www.tranparentcalifornia.com Transparent California allows you to search your child's teacher pay BY NAME for each year. Are you getting a bargain, parents? Average PUSD teacher well over $100,000 (for 9 months work) for full time certificated teachers.

The deficit we have as a district is between motivation and reward. Let's pay the best teachers double what they make now. They deserve it! And let's fire under-performing teachers. Change starting salaries to reflect the job market (supply / demand). Somewhere along the way, our "public servants" fooled us all. Our childrens' education paid the price.

This is why our fair city will not, any time soon, support a parcel tax or bond issue. QED.


Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

@true deficit : "The average resident has no idea how teachers are compensated. Our district's starting salary is $64,558 for 9 month's worth. That's $85,862 annualized. Starting pay, for a NEW teacher! Go to your child's school website and check the colleges attended by their teachers. They are not the universities you would expect to warrant such high starting pay for new college graduates."

I think that you're playing games with numbers. Yes, you can argue that $64K over 9 months works out to $85K annualized, but at the end of the day the total pay they get for each year in their profession is $64K, not $85K. Your next sentences complaining about the universities that the teachers attended is ridiculous. What, you think that you're going to be able to entice Harvard or Yale graduates bound for lucrative, big-time careers at Goldman-Sachs or Deloitte or Anderson Consulting with "high starting pays" such as $64K starting salaries? As for the the caliber of the people who go into teaching, I have been friends or acquaintances with several public school teachers throughout my life, and believe me they are bright and articulate enough that they could have easily gone into careers that enjoy much higher pay levels than teaching. They went into teaching not for the pay but because they thought that the work would be fulfilling.

I've been very impressed with the overall quality of the teachers at my daughter's elementary school of Lydiksen. She did have a certain (removed) teacher (who will remain unnamed) who I thought was sub-par in her commitment to teaching and ability to work well with children, but aside from that one teacher I think that all of her teachers have been outstanding and very committed to their job of teaching young children.


Posted by a reader
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:40 am

Yo true,

UCLA is government school. Not so good now I guess!!

Ha Ha!

Owned.


Posted by a reader
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:42 am

Parcel tax now.


Posted by Cholito
a resident of Castlewood
on Oct 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

UCLA is an EXCELLENT university.

Web Link


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