School Furloughs, Layoffs Approved

School employees will take 12 unpaid days in the by the end of next school year, and 15 staff members will be laid off.

Fifteen school employees will be laid off, and the rest will take 12 furlough days under a plan approved today.

The voted to cut the staff and work year in an attempt to close a projected $23 million budget gap for the 2012-13 school year.

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release his revised budget in May with massive cuts to education spending.

School officials have spoken out repeatedly against the state cuts.

"I'm distraught we as a society haven't figured out how to fund education the way we should," said trustee Kristi Rutz-Robbins.

The Temecula school district has been searching for ways to cope with the projected cuts for several months. One plan included laying off 120 teachers.

The furlough days will also be imposed on administrators, according to a staff report. The net savings of the furloughs were projected at $18.1 million.

The reduction in staffing will likely "significantly increase" the workload of remaining staff members, said Bill Behrens, the assistant superintendent of human resources.

temeculan May 02, 2012 at 08:08 AM
News Flash - parents and taxpayers are distraught that the SEIU, the AFT and the NEA continues to force/fund the democrat party with a stranglehold on state and federal gov't - resulting in FAT pensions for themselves and bankrupcy for the schools, the kids, the state and the country. Their stance is, "I've got mine...raise taxes to get yours".
Harry May 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So if I read this correctly the district is: 1. Saving $18M by having 12 furlough days. That's $1.5M in savings per 1 furlough day. 2. Saving $ 5M by laying off 15 people. That's a total savings of $23M that will help them close their budget deficit gap. So why not just add another 3 furlough days to save $4.5M instead of laying off 15 people ????
momBL May 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
A furlough a means our kids miss yet another day in school that we are paying taxes for AND then need to fpay for their care on that day off.........
Harry May 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I don't know what the TVUSD budget is but let's say it's $200M. Why not just have: 1. 12 furlough days = save $18M. That's $1.5M in savings per 1 furlough day. 2. A 2.5% pay cut across the board, up and down the ladder = save $5M. Then no one gets laid off and the school district closes their $23M budget deficit.
TVOR May 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
No doubt those 15 people are junior employees, not fatcat administrative types.
Maggie WK May 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Harry, the District (any district) can only cut so many school days. There is a minimum number of days per Ed Code and cutting 10 from one school year is essentially pretty close to the maximum allowed or they would lose even more funding. The other two days will be cut off of this school year. Part of the trouble in balancing the budget is certainly overpaid administrators at the district level, but it is also unrealistic teachers unions who make demands that are not in line with the reality of the state of the economy. We need to get rid of teacher's unions completely so we have the freedom to hire teachers and fire them based on their performance. Not based on an arbitrary number of service years. There are far too many teachers laid off that are more qualified than those in classroom. They are laid off based on seniority, not based on how well they teach. The teaching profession isn't sacred and should follow the rules as the rest of the free world. Get rid of the incompetents, and keep the good ones. Simple as that.
momBL May 02, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Thank you Maggie!!!!!!!
TVOR May 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Agree with Maggie!
Ned May 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
momBL They are your kids not ours.Yes YOU have to pay for day care not us. We do not pay taxes for day care. It is for finding really good teachers for our kids. i am not trying to sound like a know it all but ( why dont you stay home ) like a lot of us will do on furlough days. ( See you at the park with the kids)
Galactic Cannibal May 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
"I'm distraught we as a society haven't figured out how to fund education the way we should," said trustee Kristi Rutz-Robbins. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But we have figured out how to fund "Guns -N - Bullets". You don't hear about layoffs in the U.S. military do you. Where the motto is "USE it or LOSE it". Education of children has always been a low priority in the U.S. Reason is, ..a better educated population have more knowledge , and will ask more questions. So make sure that say 10 % are well educated, the other 90% used as fodder for the Power Gangs who can easily control the masses. They call that "The American Dream" its really an illusion , the dream I mean.
Lynn May 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Maggie you are absolutely right!
Galactic Cannibal May 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
reply to : Steve Newman; --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Also the days when any clown, including you,could just join up are gone. The services are no longer tolerant of screwups(see previous comment about you joining up)" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dude , Do you live in a world of "Assumptions" without proof ....??? Given your comment above seems you do !!!!!!!
Galactic Cannibal May 02, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Steve Newman: RE ' Military... " and they are not tolerating screwups-" -------------------------------------------------------- Oh No ... Dude.... Then here is the "BIG Picture " on world class U.S. military screw-ups What was Vietnam ..but a screw-up......We lost... but still paying for that war. What was Korea...but a screw-up... We lost... but still paying for that war What was IRAQ ..but a screw-up... We lost...but still paying for that war What is Afghanistan...but a screw -up...We are losing And you talk about "no Screw-ups" in the U.S. Military. Would it be fair to say you live in a world of The American Dream, and its Delusional Thinking. Have a nice Day Dude
Ned May 03, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Steve I run a company the union is the last thing my people need or want. I want my taxes to go to teaching and not day care. I think a lot of other parents that do with out so they can watch their kids think the same way. My wife and I watch are kids we had them so it is our job. It is not the job of the school to do it. We could have better teachers if we had less day care.Again it is the job of the parents. And I am very much down on the unions. it is sad we will lose some great young teachers this layoff. I am one of those people that think you should take care of your own.
Matt May 03, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Funding schools isn't the problem. It's the outlandish spending on pensions. If educators will take cuts to their pensions, the schools and the children would have adequate funding.
Catherine May 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
FYI everyone-- I don't know where the 15 number of lay-offs came from but it is INCORRECT. I am one of 170 teachers who has received a pink slip. They have rescinded some ( I think 60 as of today) so that still leaves over 100 teachers who will be laid off. If 15 teachers being let go saved $5 million, that would mean their yearly salary is $333,333.00. The $5 million dollars is being saved by getting rid of class size reduction in grades k-3. Now instead of 20 students in those classrooms, there will be 30.
KB May 03, 2012 at 06:31 AM
KB May 03, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Check out the teachers or administrators parking lot at any Temecula school, and you'll then understand where the money is going.
Crash Croggins May 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Just a thought, if we didnt have to take care of illegal alien anchor babies, would the schools be in this situation? California keeps votining for people like Jerry Brown, who signed the Dream Act, who panders to illegals and screws the citizens of this state. Flush Brown Down!
Nini May 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
You hit the nail on the head. Ding, Ding, Ding..Good Job!
marc May 03, 2012 at 08:53 PM
MHD so, from what I have been reading, teachers make too much money, don't deserve pensions, but you want your kids to get a good education, maybe a bunch of you need to get a grip. teachers devote there life to your kids, why don't you try that !!
TemecuMom May 03, 2012 at 11:03 PM
The other Patch article indicated the 15 positions are 13 IA's and 2 Interpreters which saves the district approx $241,000. They should have specified that in this article too. These are positions in addition to the pink-slipped teachers (if I am understanding this all correctly).
Ned May 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Steve you sound like a big government person. As for me I take care of my own that is the way I was raised. And Steve in the being schools wear just for learning.
Ned May 04, 2012 at 10:53 PM
steve sorry about the spelling. It is that you can not come to the people for more taxes. As for supplies if we had less admin in the school we would far more supplies. there is only so much money to go around. like in the real world. if you don't like your pay you move on. i do not see very many people in the school system moving on. About Obama he will be anything you want if you will vote for him.
Golden State May 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
We'd love to to that. Except that the state has a minimum requirement of instructional days. We have taken all of our non-instructional days + five more and we can't go lower than that. If the state changes the rules to allow fewer instructional days, then we would take more furlough days to close the gap.
Golden State May 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
How would you rate teachers based on their performance? By test scores? Kids don't show up for the test or for the review days prior to the test. I won't volunteer to teach the needy kids if I'm going to be judged by test scores. By parent surveys? Some parents like "nice" teachers. Some parents like "strict" teachers. By principal evaluations? Most principals barely taught in a classroom before they became administrators and don't have the first clue about evaluating educators? When I see a well-designed, FAIR way of evaluating educators, then I will go for the "hire and fire them based on performance." I have yet to see that evaluation tool.
Ron May 06, 2012 at 02:15 AM
The Temecula Unified School District is so messed up it's not even funny... Can someone tell me why our neighboring school districts are doing so much better? Not only are they NOT laying off any teachers, their teachers are actually getting BONUSES this year. TVUSD's finances have been managed poorly for years, and the people in charge need to be held responsible. It's absolutely ridiculous that good teachers are being laid off, furlow days are being put into place, and class sizes are going up. Do I need to even mention poor employee morale? ....Which by the way is also a result of bad management... Good luck, teachers.
Golden State May 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Which neighboring school districts are NOT laying off teachers and giving bonuses? Facts please. Have not heard of these districts.
Ron May 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Of course you haven't heard about it, Golden State, you work at/for TVUSD. ;) Check around a bit. Not every school district is as irresponsible with their business planning as is the district in question.


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