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News - March 10, 2017

School board eyes further budget cuts

Board members look for ways to save without harming students' education

by Elena Kadvany

As the Palo Alto Board of Education tries to close the district's multi-milion dollar budget shortfall, the board is pushing school-district staff to identify further administrative cuts and find creative ways of saving money that will have the least impact on students' education.

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Posted by disgusted
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Suggestion: Conduct an anonymous and fair survey of teachers. Expected result---80-90% of teachers would probably say their teaching efficacy wouldn't be impacted by a loss of TOSAS in light of this severe budget deficit. From my vantage point, they seem barely helpful except to novice/struggling teachers, or TOSAS are okay if teacher doesn't have real curriculum to teach that day, or it can work if teacher is trying to earn principal brownie points. Definitely not necessary. Don't see any advantage/difference to my kids' learning. Focus on what these hard-working teachers need and want. End the deception. Stop trying to disguise board/district office efforts to preserve the grossly inflated staff at the the district office level (in the form of enormous numbers of TOSAS, among other positions) as something teachers need or want.

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Posted by Bryan
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:56 am

Can't believe Zuck doesn't pony up the dough for the good of the kids. Shame on him! [braced for the FB hasbara]

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Posted by Private Parent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

And here we see why DiBrienza was a bad choice for school board. She is defending teachers and administrators, rather than finding things to cut and serving the district's tax payers.

We are over spending. We have to fix it.

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Posted by Ponu
a resident of Ohlone School
on Mar 18, 2017 at 8:38 am

A lean environment makes people save better. But where there is excess fat and lazy thrive.

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Posted by Wayoflife
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

Leave the teachers alone! Make staff cuts in all depts for lack of work and conduct mandatory drug testing yearly. Where idle hands are lurk bad thinking and doing. Drain the swamp at PAUSD. $$ukaberg isn't the answer. You've already tried that, and now grades and mental health are an issue. Know this, a humble lowly person, knows not the conciet that is high as his wealth. Peace

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Posted by Wiser
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2017 at 9:37 am

Too many people not doing work is a sure sign that there is not enough to do.
IMHO reducing staff by half is a beginning. Only employ as many as needed. It wasn't that long ago the machine ran just as good.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Sorry, but I will not trust this Board again with an ability to make sensible financial decisions.

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