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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Mon Jul 25, 2011.

I am writing today in response to a recent article that was published in the Lodi News-Sentinel (July 16) regarding our state's current budget crisis and the effect it has on school employees.

According to the Lodi News-Sentinel article, our Chief Business Official, Audrey Kilpatrick, explains, "The state budget does not appear to provide any additional funding for the district."

If this is true then why is there funding for a fourth administrator with a district of only three high schools?

Due to the "anticipated" state budget, my position along with several other classified positions have been eliminated. I don't understand how we can cut several classified positions but "create" an additional administrative position. If there is no money to pay for positions that were eliminated, how and where are we finding additional money to pay for an additional position with a salary well over $100,000?

I have been told that these "changes" are in the best interest of the district. What about the best interests of our students? Without outreach consultants, a career technician, a librarian and a translator, most students will be left without any support services. I just hope that our board realizes that with the salary that will be given for this "newly created" administrative position they could fund almost three of the classified positions that are being cut.

I guess cutting support services for students is supposed to be "for the best interest of the district."

Sonya Powaser

Lodi

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5 comments:

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 3:16 pm on Tue, Jul 26, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Mr B: The lady is talking the about Galt High District. Mr S is correct, that is exactly what is going on. The point the writer is making is that it is always the little guy who gets bumped (they are not part of the teacher's union either). The outreach person can generate funding (ADA) by making sure students school. My feelings on translators has been that the communities need to provide them on a volunteer basis, sort of giving back. The librarians are the people that kids will tell things to like abuse at home, or from a boyfriend and seek help from them because they feel safe with them. There is a real dynamic that goes on at the high school level which even after coaching for nearly 30 years surprised me.

     
  • Gerald Krein posted at 10:46 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Gerald Krein Posts: 20

    Lodi High, Tokay High, McNair HIgh and Bear Creek High. Doesn't that make 4 high schools.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:34 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1892

    Somehow I don't think the loss of an "outreach consultant" or a librarian and especially a TRANSLATOR will degrade LUSD or quality of student teaching one iota. Odd how everyone agrees cutbacks are necessary until it is their job that is cut. Then it is "unfair", not in the best interest of the district and students.

     
  • Account Deleted posted at 7:13 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Jesse Hallum Posts: 57

    Schools have always been top-heavy for as long as I can remember. Good luck getting Jerry Brown to start cutting unionized administration positions first! I find it ironic that Liberal Teacher's Union members who voted for Brown, now cry like infants when the money runs short.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 12:00 pm on Mon, Jul 25, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Sounds like someone needed a promotion or an "agreement" came time to be honored. It happens everywhere - those at the top, stay at the top and they'll cut everyone below them to keep their high salaries. The ratio of management to staff needs to be reviewed by an independant party and the whole system needs to be revamped.

     

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