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School Board Voting to close school libraries

Original post made by Concerned Pleasanton Parent, Stoneridge, on Apr 18, 2016

The School Board will be voting Tuesday night to layoff existing staff at most of the Elementary and Middle School Libraries in Pleasanton.

This will have a major impact on accessibility and quality of library services for our children. A recent Pennsylvania study proved that students are more likely to succeed when they have library programs that are well staffed, well stocked, and more accessible.

Show your support for keeping our school libraries open. Make your opinion known to our elected School Board members.

Comments (6)

Posted by Susan
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Just scare tactics and will not happen. It helps sell school bonds and union contract. Sad that the board is involved though.

Posted by Here we go again....
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

It is a shame that all the positions on the layoff list have been on that list every single year since at least 2008 when they were taken out of the general fund and placed on the "one time" funding list. The district has formed new positions within the district since 2008 instead of putting these positions back into the General Fund and taking them off the "one-time" funding list.

The district's money should be paying for salaries and then fund any special projects that they would like to implement.

I think the district is wanting to have their cake and eat too. By placing these positions as "one time" funding items each year, they are able to get the community (PTA, PFC, PPIE, PSEE) to help fund the "shortfall". These organizations should NOT be funding salaries, they should be funding programs, supplies and equipment that will help enrich our schools.

Why does it seem like we have stepped back into 2008? Isn't the economy doing much better? That means the State is doing better. Other districts are not laying their people off and we are losing well qualified people to surrounding districts.

Can these people strike? What would a day or two look like without custodians, library assistants, site technology specialists and the countless other classified staff that, as the district always puts it, are "the backbone" of the district.

Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

Dark Corners of Town is a registered user.

PUSD voted 5-0 to apply annual one-time ADA $ to fund three-year administrative and District Office positions, nurses, counselors and some custodial services.

Leaving middle school custodian, library assistant, technology specialist, and elementary band/string positions unfunded.

PUSD has the funds ($3.29M) to cover all of these positions for the next school year.

They chose not to.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

More scare tactics! They want to build that new city center really bad along with the new and improved library. Vote no on giving the city more money to build things we don't need, let's pay off the old depts first!!! Where is that 600K coming from to build another dog park??

Posted by Steve
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm


The city funds and PUSD funds are not the same. Each has their own source of income from taxes and the state. The city is in good financal shape. While the PUSD has mismanged their funds and is very top heavy. Sadly its our kids that suffer not the people at PUSD district office.

Posted by PTown Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Libraries provide equitable access to the tools and resources necessary for learning.

And yet, many library assistants in PUSD have been laid off as of this week. Our district is now left with THREE library assistants working 6 hours a day to serve NINE elementary schools. That works out to each school's library being open for business for TWO HOURS A DAY next year. Some libraries will have different librarians for different days. Say goodbye to classes being able to come to the library. There won't be time for that. Say goodbye to the library being open to students using the library during recess time. Say goodbye to teachers being able to check out books during the day that they need for their lessons. They'll have to email their request several days in advance to make sure the librarian has time to find their book and deliver it to their classroom during the small window they are on campus.

Oh, and wait...the libraries won't be open for students to use it the ENTIRE two hours every day because librarians are also responsible for organizing and distributing throughout the year the Eureka math modules, which is approximately 4 tons of paper at each elementary site. So when the THREE librarians aren't busy passing out math booklets at all NINE sites, the libraries will be open two hours a day.

Currently, the libraries are open for 6 hours a day, which is essentially the entire school day. If you are a parent, think about how this may affect your child. Does your child enjoy going to the library on a weekly or every other weekly basis to check out books and learn to use the library tools and resources? Does your child ever visit the library during recess to get more reading material or just enjoy a quiet, safe place on campus? If you are a teacher, think about how this may affect your ability to do your job. Do you ever ask the librarian to find books on a certain subject that you are teaching? Do you rely on the library to provide up-to-date reading and research materials for your students?

LIBRARIES SHOULD BE OPEN FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL DAY AT ALL ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS! If you value this and believe our students should have access to school libraries and all they magic they hold, you must write the school district and let them know they need to find the funding to keep our libraries next year and the year after and the year after that. Because right now, they are scheduled to be reduced to a mere two hours a day next year. And that's not right. Our kids deserve better.

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