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School budget forecast looks gloomy for 2011-12

Original post made on Jun 1, 2010

A difference in calculations could lead to the loss of $1.3 million to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, according to Gary Black, assistant superintendent of business services. While he said that the school district is fortunate that the reserves will cover the discrepancy for 2010-11, it puts another damper on the 2011-12 school year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 6:07 PM

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

Doesn't it seem quite obvious that SRVUSD would want the district residents, as stakeholder, or more appropriately the owners of the district, in support of district planning and funding? Why then has so many issues placed residents, including a large number of parents, at odds with recent actions. Rather than dictating how residents including parents participate, especially without interactive communication, the SRVUSD Board and Administration must pursue outreach immediately to gain local political and funding support.

Residents want our district to succeed. We want effective interaction that allows fully informed decisions and demands for funding. We certainly will not support or fund SRVUSD without an interactive role in planning and decisions.

Is that one individual's opinion? No, by recent polling, it is thousands of district residents' desire to be interactive supporters.

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2010 at 7:36 am

I don't know that many of us agree with Ralph's statement, "We certainly will not support or fund SRVUSD without an interactive role in planning and decisions."

We want an interactive role with the SRVUSD. But we are not going to withhold support and funding for our schools.

SRVUSD leaders are competent professionals who have been doing a great job for years and have earned the good will and respect from the community. Please continue your efforts and involve us.

Together we can get through these difficult times.

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

Maybe they could sell futures on the profits that will be forthcomming from the Solar Panels!

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Posted by sprtndad
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

Here we go again - SRVUSD needs more money. No, SRVUSD needs to stop paying union wages for contractors, end the defined benefit retirement plans, shift more of the expense for healthcare to their members, quit funding DSA, return all the portables and on it goes. SRVUSD needs to get their costs in line with economic realities and good, standard business practices. Quit using kids as the club for your profligate spending. Funniest line in the article - "three assistant superintendents...". Look no further for bad examples of cost management!

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

The real problem is the Teacher's Union. We are paying too much for tenure. There are teachers in our Elementary, Middle and High School's that need to be fired, but no, our kids are subjected to their inability to deliver quality education and our test scores suffer.

We need teacher's motivated to teach and we need to reward for that motivation. We can increase our student numbers per classroom and reduce our long term financial commitment all while increasing our test scores. If our school wants to fire someone...we get to pay them to sit in a building in SF and then pay a sub to replace them. This is ridiculous. We need to start with the Teacher's Union!!

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Dear Emily,

This exchange is drifting to political prejudices without detail to link commentary to the realities of school budgets. Certainly our teachers make an equivalent or better salary package to other non-management professionals based on a comparative annualized time-served basis.

What if your commentators could specify the issues and costs of current teachers in a union contract? Then this exchange would have value to resolution of SRVUSD budget issues.

What if more commentators could offer resolution to the communications issues with SRVUSD board and administrators. Would it not be supportive to be interactive with board members and administrators?

What if we all simply recognized that we are critical of a school district we own as stakeholders and it is our job to fix the issues and direct our representatives and employees.

So let's ask your readers, What if?

Ralph without ROFL

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

sprtndad & Susan are right on!

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Posted by Teacher in the District
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

"Blame the teachers union." Sounds like a war-cry. What was I thinking when I wanted to become a teacher? That I would have to apologize for wanting to make a descent living? That I would be the blame for every financial problem in a school district, let alone the state? No, I thought I would teach and help students as they make their way through an often times challenging period of their lives. I didn't expect to have people falling all over me but I NEVER expected the constant assault about how my (low) salary and benefits would be the culprit for all fiscal issues. Sigh.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

Have any of you looked at the SRVUSD salary schedule? The above statements refers to paying too much for tenure. We pay for tenure by having principals who do not do effective evaluations and allow teachers to become stagnant and apathetic. It's not the Union's fault that there are bad teachers-look to the inept administrators who do mass production evaluations and do not call out a teacher's weaknesses so that they can improve or move to a different career.

Our District continues to have excellent test scores because for those who live here, education is a priority. The teachers have the tools to help the kids do well on the tests. That is a fortunate and unfortunate situation because testing is destroying the other skills our children need to be successful in life.

I agree that the District is top heavy. Make those cuts first. Our teachers are very underpaid. Teachers already pay about $500/month for their individual health benefits. They are taking 4 work days without pay. How much more can they do? Why, when it comes to education, do people talk out both sides of their mouths? We live here because of the schools, but those schools are always looking for money. Meanwhile, let's vote the fools back in to the Assembly to continue to screw it all up.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

Cue the drifters!!

Once again an exchange has drifted off into political prejudices without real analysis or in-depth viewpoints. Might we redirect the discussion by asking specific questions including inviting commentary from SRVUSD beyond their press release published by the EXPRESS?

For example, where do the issues of sources and uses of funds actually originate? What would your readers do to support further funding and reduction in costs of operations?

Let's invite your readers to provide further questions for your use in SRVUSD interviews and journalistic response. Might we agree that this subject is simply too important for simply reprinting SRVUSD PR releases?

If all we read are set-up PR releases aimed at future fund-raising efforts, too-savvy readers as the majority will be less than willing to support SRVUSD's sources and uses of funds. Our economy has been re-set and now we must determine what to do about it other than seeing humor in too many press releases.

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

Dear Emily,

Interesting article: Web Link

What if SRVUSD converted to a four day school week? What do your readers think?

Hal/CDSI Research

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