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Schools boards vote on layoffs

Original post made on Mar 10, 2010

Tonight, Wednesday, March 10, school boards in Portola Valley and Menlo Park are slated to vote on teacher layoffs and other budget cuts for the coming school year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11:45 AM

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Posted by Menlo Park Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Many more students in Menlo Park school district over the past five years ... is it 700 more kids??? (Someone correct me.) Anyway, it is a lot. Lots more families moved in. With less money to cover more students, the budget problem is big.

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Posted by WillowsGal
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm

These are tough times for our community and our wonderful public schools. At least there's something we can do to help: Yes on C!

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Posted by NO on another parcel tax!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm

A consolidation of our four local school districts into one would provide enough money, avoid teacher layoffs, and allow for special programs, and who knows what else.
MPCSD has one superintendent earning $226,00 for managing 4 schools, adding to that all administration costs. Woodside Elementary has one school; Las Lomitas: 2 schools; Portola Valley: 2 schools. Instead of laying off teachers, can you just imagine how much money would be saved by laying off some superintendents and their administration staffs, thus consolidating into one outstanding school district.
Incidentally, the superintendent for Palo Alto Unified manages 12 elementary schools, 3 middle, and 2 high schools and is a top-notch school district.

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Posted by Elizabeth Ouren
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

2 million dollars is a big gap for our Menlo Park schools caused by growing student enrollment at a time of economic crisis with our state government. Our schools made cuts last year and will have to make cuts again this year. Let's minimize the cutting of staff and services and keep our schools strong by supporting Measure C!

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Posted by Local Mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Strong Schools = A Strong Community. By voting Yes on Measure C, home owners can protect their property values, residents can help make our neighborhoods a desirable place to live and as a community, we can provide a great public school education for all our kids. Let's all work together to help keep our schools and our community strong.

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Posted by voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The vote is tonight! The election isn't until May. The two are related but not intertwined. I am already so tired of the Measure C propaganda. Keep it up, and the measure is sure to fail.

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Posted by Interested Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I am just an ordinary average Joe citizen, with no kids. I will be voting for Measure C, because from their website it seems to make sense, and they HAVE done their belt tightening last year. Unions, combining of Districts, etc. are problems that I don't think the school board can solve with a very local problem. Why would we not payout $178 more dollars a year, to keep the school district whole, and not go backward with programs, or any negative publicity? We WANT people to WANT to move here, I WANT my house to continue to appreciate! God help us all if HSR is approved to build a 30' berm, at least people will still want to move here because of our schools! The way I see it, it's a very cheap investment.
I don't think any of this is "propaganda", not from what I have seen so far, it's common sense.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

We would not, because the money will be flushed down a public sector rathole of bloated benefits and pensions. People of Menlo Park, come to your senses, and defeat this measure with a resounding NO.

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Posted by Interested Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Joseph, what the heck are you talking about!? The teachers that will be lost in this budget cut (because that's what WILL happen, if the parcel tax does not pass), are the young one and two year teachers, WITHOUT "bloated benefits and pensions. This is what happens during a typical budget cut on the school level. This is not a Menlo Park or Atherton issue that you seem to be upset about, that is a Teacher Union issue that can't be changed at this level. I at least feel the need to take care of our backyard with MINIMAL expense, as they say on the website 50 cents per day.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 11, 2010 at 7:39 am

If you have to fire anyone, fire the expensive teachers, and keep the cheap ones. But why fire anyone? Just whack the salaries and benefits.

Do it for the children!

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Mar 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

State education code requires schools to use seniority when deciding who gets laid off. There's nothing Menlo Park can do about it.

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Posted by Another NO for parcel tax
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 12, 2010 at 4:44 am

I agree with previous poster. How many superintendents do you need?????? They have milked the system for years with control over the puppet school boards and expect taxpayers to ante up to cover the "over head". Come on, get informed and look at how Palo Alto is managing their schools. One superintendent for about a dozen schools.

Next time you talk to your superintendent? Ask him or her where they live and what they drive. You'll be surprise where your tax dollars are going. Life is good to be a gov. employee, no stocks but easy gravy train.

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Posted by Hillview
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

While I appreciate that Measure C will help our schools, and property value, isn't this chasing the wrong end of the equation? Why not consolidate our school districts or do something to improve teacher tenure (is it true...they receive tenure after 3 years?). What cost improvements can we make? Unless we reduce costs or improve the quality of edcuation, the only answer to spend more money?

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