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Palo Alto school board to discuss next year's $256M budget

Original post made on Jun 11, 2019

The school board will discuss on Tuesday night the ins and outs of the district's $256 million budget for next year, including the impact of property tax projections, salary increases and enrollment trends.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 9:35 AM


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Posted by Samuel L
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 11, 2019 at 11:26 am

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A $4M increase in revenues is only a 1.6% growth rate. By comparison, revenue grew by over 10% from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

Enrollment declined by 290 students from 2017 to 2018 school year, now student enrollment declines by an additional 378 students 2018 to 2019, yet more expensive administrators are needed, who should get bonuses. And more salary and bonuses for the teachers too.

Whose pocket is the school board in?

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Posted by Wishful thinking
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Despite the fact that Novak suggested in March that the district look more critically at its staffing ratios, including combining classes with low enrollment and adjusting staffing to match enrollment levels, to cut down on overstaffing, it does not appear the district is pursuing his proposals at this time.

Matching staffing to match enrollment? Hah! Don't stop the gravy train!

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Posted by we're smarter than you think
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

So say PAUSD budgeted $5 million for legal services this year, would it have saved an astounding $4 million?

It is silly to say you saved money because you didn't spend as much as you could have. Specifics please. How does this year's legal spending compare to the last 5? To what other school districts spend?

You also can't say that the new General Counsel has saved the district money if you don't include her $200+k pay and the $s the district pays everyone else who works in her department.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm

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PAUSD - you are going to be pushed to spend your ownership in Cubberely. You need CUB in your back pocket now because SU is going to start sending more students. So you need more money?
1. Start marketing the availability of space on a more aggressive manner.
2. Sell the Grendell space more aggressively.
3. Bring in some more events for the auditorium. Heritage Theatre in Campbell has great shows. Lucie Stern is limited in space - start selling your additional space for kids theatre.
4. Make sure that your fields are in motion on a steady basis. We need the kids to be in a local area for their sports.
You cannot allow any housing on the direct property. There is apartments and housing available on San Antonio - the residential street.
Don't get talked into sacrificing any space that cannot be eventually used when the high school is reactivated.

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Posted by Green Acres parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

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You sure buried the lede! Don't you think giving the already very well compensated superintendent a raise is newsworthy? Another local newspaper certainly thought so: Web Link

Didn't board member Todd Collins express a desire to reduce class sizes? So why is the board hiring more administrators and increasing salaries rather than hiring more teachers? Who stands to benefit from these decisions? Raises obviously benefit teachers and administrators. And hiring more teachers would likely mean fewer raises down the road. My bet is the unions are behind this.

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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm

The Teacher's Union is the bane of this school district and every public school district. More more more. Look at the budget proposed. Where are the results for all this money? Keep it all quiet, no one held accountable, peer pressure and bully everyone to death. And then try to get us to pay for your housing. Workers of the world, unite! Yes comrade!! And see how everyone is fooled.

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Posted by Pa
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 12, 2019 at 3:09 am

It’s painful to listen to the new supervisor answer questions. Never would survive a week in high tech. Equally painful to listen to responses from the new legal counsel. Doesn’t even sound like she understands the question Melissa‘s asked her two meetings in a row. Equally depressing is how apologetic Melissa is with the fact that She didn’t get it. None of these characters would survive in a real job. No wonder the school system is so overspent and Ineffective. Kathy Jordan would’ve made a big difference.

The promise is going fail flat. I don’t even know what the left hand in the right hand are you doing. The plan is strategically vague. We are trying to boil the ocean and even if they had selected the right things to do and it still wouldn’t work with the wrong thing was it do for sure it’s not gonna work. You can’t tell them anything they don’t listen. Mark my words one year from now they will only have fake statistics on improvements, but the kids will be suffering just the same.

What they’re doing may help kids who are a little challenged but will do nothing for the kids who have serious learning differences. These are the kids the school abuses and focuses more on gaslighting the parents that their kids have no potential. The plan will do nothing for the kids who are suffering and struggling.

PAUSD is in capable of implementing and following through on anything - Talk it up but they don’t actually do it. It’s like the old vaporware presentations.

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Posted by Noequity4HUR
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

Schools are run like a claims adjuster department; focusing on how many claims I can deny or reduce .