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Lodi Unified School District trustees prioritize $15 million in cuts

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Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Wed May 11, 2011.

Lodi Unified School District trustees spent an entire day Saturday prioritizing more than $15 million in cuts for the 2011-12 school year.

Recommendations came from employees, community members and the Superintendent's Budget Advisory Committee, and the school board was given the task of sorting through them.

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4 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:16 am on Sat, May 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Renee...If the schools got on board with this thing, teachers wont lose jobs, schools wont lose programs and our children's educational future is much more promising...

    Renee, i looked at this video ... if I did not know better, I would think your name is "Alice"... the one that went to Wonderland. I sincerely hope you thought it was April 1st... when you made your post.

     
  • Renee Myers posted at 9:35 am on Thu, May 12, 2011.

    Renee Myers Posts: 1

    Look what Natomas high School is doing to help raise money to offset budget cuts!! Watch this video.. fast forward to minute 3.00 to see what I'm talking about!!

    This is a crazy amazing idea!! If the schools got on board with this thing, teachers wont lose jobs, schools wont lose programs and our children's educational future is much more promising. Is that what this all comes down too? Our children getting a good quality education?? Check out the video of Natomas High Schools Principal...

    http://www.schooltube.com/video/34b7c93d0a97706b88f4/NTV-May-9th-2011

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:28 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    my comments were directed at the classified contract... approved by the new board...my apologies.

    The two-year agreement is the culmination of previously stalled negotiations between the parties. Talks resumed after a new board was seated in December and a fact-finding report by a third-party mediator was released last month.
    Morris credits new trustees with influencing the outcome by reopening “constructive dialogue.”
    “I think our members feel this is the best of the worst, so to say. We’re ending up with an agreement we can live with,” he said.
    Union members have been working without a contract since July 1.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:51 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Wonderful process and I am thankful to see Mr Neely engage and look for constructive , responsible fiscal solutions that will balance the budget. However, the timing of this procedure is suspect to me.

    What if this exact same prioritization procedure was in place prior to the more than favorable agreement the district saw fit to offer the teacher's union. I clearly remember the current board offering a better package, compared to the previous school board 's offer... and that the union was over joyed with. I had the impression that the union rushed and quickly called for a vote as if they could not believe the offer was so good. I think they stated (paraphrased for Jeff's standard).. “ This is the the best we could get considering the circumstance)... Maybe if the union did not get the best deal possible, that there would now be more money available for alternate considerations and that the priority list would look very different.
    Now, over 90% of the budget is off the table... Only layoffs and other draconian measures are left...
    Oh..and the $8000 for cell phone restrictions. Personally, I would have preferred less teacher lay offs but a salary reduction of a true 10-12 percent.. and a less expensive health and dental plan ( In addition to the cuts recently suggested)... I think more teachers serving our children (working) is a better option.

     
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