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SRVUSD board considering $2,500 pandemic payment to employees

Original post made on May 18, 2021

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education is set to discuss Tuesday allocating a one-time payment of $2,500 to all full-time district employees for pandemic-related expenses and duties.

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Posted by dand d
a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 6:58 am

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I would like to hear more about why SRVUSD feels the need to spend 7.2M in pandemic payments.
I could maybe see $$ going to people who were laid off but question the wisdom of issuing checks to others.
If this passes I'll be thinking long and hard about any future bond requests.

Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 7:16 pm

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This is a perfect example of how the labor unions and special interests have car jacked common sense and our CA economy! Spending over $7 million dollars of OUR hard earned tax money to give to people who were not laid off or lost their job due to Covid, but in fact received the same exact income, while working from the comfort of their own home. Wake up CA voters, it is time to stand up to the unions and special interests, and demand accountability and the end of never ending parcel taxes to feed greedy special interest. Vote NO on all future parcel taxes, and it is time to recall any School Board members who vote for this expensive, ridiculous payment to people for simply doing their job.

Posted by dand d
a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2021 at 7:20 pm

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Gee, and I thought I was being harsh. Don't remember the union being involved in this decision. Did I miss something.

Posted by D
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2021 at 6:42 am

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@dand d:

Their unions spent a great amount of time and money in the last election for school board to get Shelley Clark elected, and guess who is the head cheerleader now for this $7 million dollar "gift" back to the union members?

If this money was going to employees who lost their job due to Covid, I would support it. But these union members did not lose their job, got paid the full amounts they were due, and got to work from the comfort of their homes. Giving away $7 million dollars of OUR hard earned money is ludicrous. So many restaurants, bars, and other small businesses closed and went out of business during the pandemic, and all the taxes these hard working people paid went to the school, who in return hijacked their money and turned it over to the union members, who did not lose one cent due to the pandemic.

Posted by SRV Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 19, 2021 at 11:07 am

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Are you kidding? $2,500 for each employee? Some who didn't even work part of the school year since there were no students in the classroom! For example, many school nurses didn't work from home and didn't go to school - so they could be home and enjoy the free time while they got full pay! How many companies in corporate America are giving their employees a one-time payment for just doing their job. If this goes through, the school district better never complain that they don't have enough money to provide adequate services to the students. Or, are these funds coming from the federal or state government grants that need to be given to staff? More explanation is needed to understand where these funds are coming from and rationale of why the district feels $2,500 should be given to each district employee.

Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2021 at 3:47 pm

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I am a teacher in our District, and personally do not feel that we should be given a one-time payment of $2,500. I am grateful that I've had a job throughout the pandemic. I do take issue with some of the comments above, however - especially the one about us getting to teach "from the comfort of our own homes". Please understand that switching to remote learning was a HUGE learning curve, and it was very challenging work. We all spent countless, countless hours learning new systems and converting all our lessons to the remote environment, not to speak of how difficult it is to motivate children via Zoom. I get that you're upset about the one-time payment - again, I do not agree it's a good way to spend our District money either - but please do not minimize the tremendous amount of work we had to do to continue to teach our students during remote learning. I would much rather have been teaching in-person rather than from the comfort of my own home, because the latter is ten times more difficult and much less rewarding.

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