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Whose interests are being served by school layoffs?

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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 12:00 am

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


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