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120 Teachers to Get Pink Slip

An unknown number of teachers were expected to be laid off, depending on the Board of Trustees vote.


Some teachers were expected to get a pink slip if approved by officials this Tuesday.

The Temecula Valley Unified School District Board of Supervisors are scheduled to vote on whether to lay off 120 techers, according to school documents.

More budget cuts coming from the state is the cause of the cuts, according to Melanie Norton, a spokesperson for the district.

"It's due to the governor's budget proposal released last month," she said via email.

The amount of money the district will save has yet to be determined, according to school documents.

Positions being eliminated include 86 elementary school teachers, 10 middle school teachers, four high school teachers, five counselors, seven special education teachers and eight teachers on special assignment, according to a district document.

To see the document, click on the PDF file shown below the image above.

TeachTemKids February 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
How sad that classes are growing. The 6th biggest evonomy in the world has the biggest classes. Thanks to Gov Brown for making k12 education the LEAST prioritized platform. The way to change this is call our governor and state reps and give them an earful. Why should kids be used as pawns?
Fauntleroy Murphy February 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I worked for a company with 1000 total employees. 9 Sr. VPS, 13 VPs, 33 Directors. When layoffs came, 300 people total only 1 Director was cut and 299 from the working manager and worker bee levels. Of course the workload was redistributed and all remaining salaried employees were put on manditory overtime. Managers were given a 7% salary reduction and hourly employees 2.5%. Directors and above didn't reduce their salaries and rec'd a 10% increase in their bonuses. The decision makers in any organization all keep their jobs.
Susan Marsh February 20, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I agree with all the outrage listed above BUT don't they give out pink slips every year in the spring, good economy and bad? Then in the summer they let the majority know that they still have jobs. I know there is a name for this policy but it escapes me at the moment. As much as it pains me, I agree will Popeye on this one. Why not eliminate a few administrators and keep the teachers. One of the schools has 5 vice principles. Why? What happened to one principle and one vice principle? Answer; teachers salaries are low so they take a few night classes and become an administrator, that is where the money is, I have heard this from several teachers. By the way that is not opinion but the opinion of many teachers. Matt, it is a shame that people won't get involved maybe you could lead us in this revolt. We need a few strong people to stand up and lead the charge.
Concered Grandma February 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
What's needed is for parents and residents of Temecula to form an action group like the Save Our Hills which helped stop the quarry. Save our Students and Teachers would be more like it. Demand that classes not be increased, teachers not layed off and any cuts be made at the top. Way too many positions at the district office have assistants, and those assisstants have assistants and so on. .The teachers union is a joke! Union administrators don't want to stir the pot for fear they would lose their jobs. How about the employees at the district, including the Superindentent take salary reductions, perhaps earn a salary similar to an teacher's average salary!!!!!
Tonto February 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Stop whinning. You all probably got suckered over and over to vote for school bond after school bond. Now you see the whole education system is a huge black hole of greed. It ain't about pencils and papers for the children.
CD February 21, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I agree. I was a teacher for 11 years and in my district the cuts always came from the teachers’ side. The D.O. always had some excuse why they didn't take cuts but the teachers needed to give up pay, supplies, copies, etc. Bottom line is that other than parents and students the teachers are the most important part of the educational system. We have so many people pushing papers at the D.O. it’s ridiculous; the D.O should be getting hit the hardest with labor cuts and pay reductions. I would take one good teacher over 30 employees at the D.O.
CD February 21, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Here’s your answer…vote someone else in on your local school board. The District tells the board what they should do but it is up to the board to decide if that's the best way to handle the situation. If the board just rubber stamps what the District is asking for than of course they will cut teachers, it’s the easiest answer. What's the other choice, getting rid of their assistants and $$$. Why would they suggest cutting themselves when cutting teachers is much easier.
CD February 21, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I'm in education and have seen admin assist who make six figures.
Temecula Resident February 21, 2012 at 01:45 AM
FYI everyone- here is the info for each board member... Including when their terms expire. We can email them and call 951-695-7121. Maybe we can make a difference in the vote or at least get it postponed until more parents are notified. How to Contact the Governing Board Click here to send an email to the Board Bob Brown, President   Term Expires: December 2014   bbrown@tvusd.k12.ca.us   Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins, Clerk   Term Expires: December 2012   krutz-robbins@tvusd.k12.ca.us     Dr. Allen Pulsipher   Term Expires: December 2012   apulsipher@tvusd.k12.ca.us       Vincent O'Neal   Term Expires: December 2014   voneal@tvusd.k12.ca.us       Richard Shafer   Term Expires: December 2014   rshafer@tvusd.k12.ca.us  
Temecula Resident February 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Sorry the number above is the fax- the phone number is 951-676-2661
Temecula Resident February 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Whoops-the number above is the fax- the phone number is 951-676-2661
Popeye February 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Temecula VL USD CFD 2004-1A B (760-233-2630). I pay 1504.00 extra a year for the School District, not including my other property tax and my lotto contribution :). All I can say is remove the administration for mismanagement. Remove all the school districts, not need. Privatize the education.
JEFF ALLEN February 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I have been a homeowner in Temecula for years paying property taxes, I finally have a Son going to Elementary school in August and this is the B.S i have to read? Cuts in Teachers? What is that going to do?? thirty kids in a class? I am outraged! Billions are wasted spent on programs that do nothing for our future...our children are our future, we cannot fail them. Jerry Brown, Sacramento, and every government agency needs to get their priorities straight. Cut wasteful spending,give tax payers the services they deserve and pay for!. Police, Fire, Schools, roads....These are always the first to be cut as a punishment for not voting for new taxes. California is already taxed more than any other State. This truly is a pathetic failing on the part of our officials elected to serve the people.
New Resident February 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I just dont get this! I have been looking through the links that people have posted above. I have also perused through each school website, particularly the high schools. Why is it that each high school has more than 1 vice principal and some more than 2? We are a retired military family and have lived many places, and have NEVER seen that. Talk about wasted money! Also, in the link posted by "Investigate", it shows the Administrative Salary Schedule for 2011-2012 school year. There is a job titled Energy Education Specialist and the starting pay is 85K. What gets me though, is at the very bottom of the page, it states that Energy Education Specialist was "board approved" on 12/13/11. A job titled Community and Charter School Liason (pay @ 89K) also approved on 12/13/11. And then you lay off 120 teachers 2 months later???? Shame on you TVUSD!!! I am beyond angry! This story is almost buried on this web page so all this will happen and 90% of the community wont even know about it until it is done. You can bet I'll be remembering this when it comes time to VOTE!
Caddyman February 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thanks to Temecula Resident for posting the email addresses I sent a email to all five board members about how I felt about the teachers vote, only to get a reply from Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins that she was on vacation :(
Temecula Resident February 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I understand everyones outrage- I am upset too... and we definitely need to consider all of this come election time... but for now, we all need to TELL EVERYONE we know in the district to contact the board and let them know our views. We need to bombard them with calls and show up at these meetings. They need to hear from us so they can't just slip this past us. I just spoke to my daughters teacher and she said the Superintendant is also someone that needs to hear from parents. She said the parents have more power than we know. It doesn't feel that way, but we have to try.
Temecula Resident February 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
By the way, Superintendent Timothy Ritter's number is (951) 506-7904
New Resident February 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thanks for the info Temecula Resident, I have contacted them all.
KB February 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Public employee unions are the problem, including the teachers union.
Nancy Benson February 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Everyone here is upset about the teachers that will get pink-slips. Where is the outrage over the counselors. All high schools and middle schools have already lost one counselor per school last year and now they are going to lay off five more. These are the employees that spend countless hours on students schedules, balancing classes, meeting with students, to develop a 4 year plans, visiting classes to teach students what is needed to get into college and how to graduate high school, write no less than 25 letters of recommendations for their caseloads all of this while still dealing with the period by period walk in students that are struggling with emotional, academic and motivational issues. This is where parents should be showing their dissatisfaction. These employees are the ones your student needs the most to get through their teenager and young adult years.
Tonto February 22, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Where is the outrage over all the great school bonds people were suckered into and now can see the money just fell into the education black hole?
Popeye February 22, 2012 at 03:15 AM
That is what I am talking about...the Temecula Valley School bonds are not paying for the Teachers. Get rid of the bonds, they are not needed since they want to lay off teachers..
BLJ February 22, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I got a phone blast tonight about an open forum going on tomorrow night with Superintendent Fitter...I believe its at the DO. Sounds like we should ALL be going.....
Nancy Benson February 22, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Actually the forum is tomorrow at 11:00 AM in room D. There have been four of these planned since the beginning of the year. The one tomorrow is the second of the year. The purpose is to fill parents in on the state of district and to discuss how the state budget will impact the district budget. Not sure they will take questions or comments, but it would be great for a lot of people to show up after today's announcement.
Popeye February 22, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Here is are some questions. What are you doing with the excess amount of money the Temecula School District is receiving from the residents? Why is this public school system the largest employer in Temecula? Why aren't you laying off non teachers? Why are you bottom feeders?
Tonto February 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
The only thing you are GOING to do BLJ is cough up more taxes to Gov Brown and his tax dogs........or else!
Sad Temecula Mom March 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Bottom line, the KIDS suffer... The teachers are good, the class size is good. Those who don't care have NO kids, I thought the S_____PID lottery was supposed to help, what happend to that? I have a "special assessment" on my property tax for "street sweeping" who cares??????????????? Cancel that and send the money to the school!
temecula mom March 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Bottom line, the KIDS suffer... The teachers are good, the class size is good. Those who don't care have NO kids, I thought the S_____PID lottery was supposed to help, what happend to that? I have a "special assessment" on my property tax for "street sweeping" who cares??????????????? Cancel that and send the money to the school!
tem mom 2123534` March 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Bottom line, the KIDS suffer... The teachers are good, the class size is good. Those who don't care have NO kids, I thought the S_____PID lottery was supposed to help, what happend to that? I have a "special assessment" on my property tax for "street sweeping" who cares??????????????? Cancel that and send the money to the school!
Popeye March 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Bottom line the taxpayers are getting robbed. Temecula School District gets excessively more money than in school district in the country.Residents would like a refund for mismanagement.

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