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Presentation on schools budget and Measure C

Original post made on Apr 15, 2009

The school district is holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m., tonight, April 16, at Stone Valley Middle School, 3001 Miranda Ave., Alamo, to discuss the future budget outlook for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, as well as the mail-only parcel tax Measure C.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:00 AM

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Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Apr 15, 2009 at 7:04 am

The Walnut Creek Chamber Civic Affairs Committee voted unanimously, on 4/14, to recommend to the Chamber Board it endorse Measure C in this mail-only ballot, received last Saturday, by most registered voters of the SRVUSD. Some voters have already sent in their ballots. A previous parcel tax election in SRVUSD failed by only one vote to get a super-majority of 2/3. It was pointed out that property owners over 65 years old may apply for exemption from taxation in a parcel tax election in CA.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I am voting "No" on Measure C. Our District is sitting on 6.9 million dolars for times of "economic uncertainty," plus it is sitting on another 5.6 million dollars in "unencumbered reserves," and it has another 1 million dollars to aid with school needed purchases (replacement desks, etc.).

The Measure C campaign wants you to believe that class-size reduction would "go away." Why the scare tactics? Are you voters putting two and two together when reading one of the ballot arguments, which supposes that a "yes" vote will help retain qualified teachers? The last time we had a parcel tax vote, the teachers received a series of permanent raises. While I believe that no parcel tax funds will be used for teacher's salaries, I know that class size reduction has, in years past, been paid for out of the general fund. If we don't pay class-size reduction from the general fund, then it frees up money in the general fund to pay for teacher's raises. It's moving money from one pot to the next (strategies they have used before) so they aren't "technically" breaking their promises. This type of behavior/strategy is exactly what makes the voters mistrust the District. Also, in years past, almost all pink slips issued were rescinded prior to the start of the new school year and very few jobs were lost.

Vote NO on Measure C. Have the courage to find out just how resourceful our District can be when it HAS TO BE.


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Posted by Geoff Gillette
Danville Weekly reporter
on Apr 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

The school district has asked us to let folks know that the meeting tomorrow night is actually at 7 p.m. at Stone Valley Middle School. Superintendent Enoch will be on hand to discuss Measure C and the district's financial situation.

Geoff Gillette


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Apr 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Dear Dolores and Geoff,

THANK YOU for announcing a fair opportunity for all positions on Measure C to challenge SRVUSD Board and Superintendent. This is inclusive government at its best and media support focused to readership.

It is what you do best as a function of your exceptional journalism!

I hope all positions come tonight with all UNANSWERED concerns and respect those that have already done their in-depth study and choice. Of all the services we provide ourselves, education is the greatest source of future for our region, county, state and country. We must afford the legitimate costs of education and ALWAYS challenge the uses of such funding.

It is critically important to those that have no voice, our students. So, let's reach out to students and understand the issues at the classroom level and then act on their behalf in insuring education at legitimate costs is a priority.

Applause,

Hal


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