Another day, another school staving off impending doom.
by Nick Veronin, Mountain View Voice Staff
Teachers and staff of the local high school district have agreed to forego salary increases for two years.
The pay freeze, together with a change in retirement benefits for some staff members, will help the Mountain View Los Altos high school district save money, officials said.
At its Sept. 13 meeting, the high school board approved salary freezes for teachers and school staff represented by the California School Employees Association.
The teachers union and the local chapter of the CSEA went along with the district’s plan, which ensures that salaries will not increase for employees represented by either union until the 2011-2012 school year at the earliest.
Cupertino Unified School District added five furlough days to this year’s calendar as part of the staff contribution to covering a $3.4 million shortfall. San Jose Unified schools took last week off.
State legislators budget deal, after 100 days of no action on allocations, does not pay schools the full amount they are owed.
Some schools are asking the voters for help. Three school districts have placed parcel taxes on the November ballot, including Cambrian (Measure L, $96 a year), Foothill-DeAnza (Measure E, $69), East Side Union HSD (Measure I, $98), Another four are seeking bond measures: San Jose/Evergreen (Measure G, $268 million), Santa Clara Unified (Measure H, $81.1 million), Franklin-McKinney (Measure J, $50 million), and Moreland (Measure K, $55 million).
The parcel taxes require a 2/3 vote to pass, the bond measures require 55%. And if you want some political intrigue, two neighborhood associations have organized against the San Jose/Evergreen bond measure, claiming the community college district has wasted money on unneeded projects, needless travel, and consultants. The best quote from the arguments against the measure is “The San Jose Mercury News has said that their fiscal credibility on a scale of 1 to 10 is zero.”
How are things in your school district(s)? Any stories of treachery in budgeting? Wait, isn’t Los Altos in the Real Bay Area? Why are they dealing with budget issues? What do you bet nobody read down this far?