Posted by Fair is Fair, a resident of the Mission Park neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:27 am
Great news! Now let's be smart with it. Momma always told me - save 20% of whatever you earn for that rainy day. Let's squirrel away as much as we can and then get whatever school programs were cut during the downturn back on track to make our schools world class...
There's a reason why when we say we live in Pleasanton, the first reaction from people is, "You have such good schools."
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm Kathleen Ruegsegger is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
You can't talk about hefty balances without talking about hefty unfunded liabilities.
What I hope is that teachers, classified staff, and administrators at the sites (no raises for any top administrators at the district office) get one-time, off the salary schedule bonuses. That won't be as easy as it seems because top administrators have me too clauses that entitle them to whatever they negotiate with the unions (often on top of built in annual raises with satisfactory evaluations) (foxes watching the hen house). It rewards those working with students who have had no raises in quite some time without adding to long-term commitments at a point when no one is absolutely certain what other impacts are in the offing (California or D.C.).
Posted by Evan Roode, T.E.A., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:51 am
I don't like the idea of paying off the debt. That debt is our most strategic asset for criticizing teachers, teachers' unions, administrators who are in cahoots with unions, and pols who are in cahoots with both. Pay off the debt and all we'll be left with is perceived whining about how our tax money is taken from us for socialist public education.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2013 at 7:41 am Kathleen Ruegsegger is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Ever Rude, It's easy to be supportive of public education, students, teachers, and administrators at the site and still be aware of the financial problems, many of them created by those at the district office--problems that have made certain that none of the most deserving have gotten a monetary acknowledgement (some districts have still managed to give off-the-salary schedule bonuses).