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44 Teachers Say Goodbye to Jobs

Friday was the last day of work for dozens of teachers.

Dozens of laid-off teachers bid farewell to Temecula schools -- and their jobs -- on Friday.

Forty-four teachers will not return to school next year, according to Melanie Norton, a spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

"Friday was the last work day for teachers, and so it was the last day for teachers who received final lay-off notices in May," she said via email. "We have 44 teachers in layoff status."

, but later with the teachers union that allowed for many teachers to keep their jobs, but required furlough days.

"It's a bitter-sweet ending," said Superintendent Tim Ritter during the year's last school board meeting.

Another 80 district employees will be retiring, and their positions will not be filled, Ritter said. Other non-teaching staff was also laid off, bringing the total number of employees who will not return next year to 160 people.
"That's a tough loss to our organization," Ritter said.

Though he was sure the remaining staff would be able to maintain good quality, if cuts deepen next year, the students will be affected, he said. "I have absolute confidence everybody will step up," he said. "My concern is we're hitting a tipping point."

Martisa June 18, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Tim Ritter...think maybe if you had taken a pay cut a few necessary jobs could have been saved? Or maybe us educated parents should take over the districts jobs as volunteers by year, I mean...Those jobs that are not directly related to the instruction of our children. I think we could probably do better by saving money in that area.
Paul Selzer June 18, 2012 at 05:47 AM
This is what is dragging down our educational system. Administrators such as the School District Supervisor receiving more compensation than the President of the US. This does not just bloat the budget for the education of our children, it takes away funds that should be given to the teachers providing the education. This not just affect the K-12 system but the entire UC and Cal State public college system. Look at the jumps in the tuition and who received the benefits of the new tuition increases- the adminstrators.
Brenda S June 18, 2012 at 06:05 AM
So my question is this..... When I was young we didn't have schools that were like Colleges. We had the basics but great teachers. There was no waste! I don't know about Temecula but in Murrieta schools they just got these solar car ports. Ok so how much was that to put in? Did they need that right when the kids are suffering with large classes and not enough teachers? The pay back on this huge expense will take years to see. The waste in the schools are a bit much. I feel for these poor teachers who work day and night and use their own money for supplies. I agree cut the administration employees for a change.
Suzanne Miller June 18, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Obviously you are not educated. People lose their jobs, they don't loose their job. Ugh!
Roger June 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Agree with Brenda S. I know the High School you are talking about with the new solar panels, I was hoping they were donated. My children go to Temecula schools, and I am retired, but volunteer at both elementary and middle school level. If more parents volunteered they would see how the school waste a lot of money, and time on non core subjects.
DeAnn June 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Obviously the priority is not the children or the education. Am I the only one who is tired of the finger pointing at this political party or that political party - that sure solves a lot of problems, doesn't it? It looks to me like pure selfishness on the part of almost every "higher up". They all want to keep what they have, get more of it, and it doesn't matter who is hurt in the process. In this case it's not only our kids, but the future of our country. For shame!! How do these people look at themselves in the mirror?
Troy June 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
We need to do away with tenure in public schools. The young energetic teachers do a better job, are more motivated, and are cheaper. The old teachers who have been there for decades, waiting to retire should go first.
Troy June 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Do you realize that California is where it is primarily because of Democrat politicians? Dems have controlled this state for decades, and they give billion dollar deficits every year, while increasing taxes, cutting critical services and releasing prisoners. Yeah, that's what I want to vote for... take more of my money, give me less in return, and release criminals back into society. Those Democrats sure are a bunch of swell guys.
TemeculaMom9 June 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Republicans did this BAJ, really?! Have you even read the news lately or turned on the television set to the news?? Just this past Friday President Obma said that his administration would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants, and would instead allow them to apply for work permits. With illegal immigrants (keyword here illegal) being allowed to stay here in the US without holding current jobs this most likely means they are currently on some sort of government assistance program.. these programs direct funds away from our schools; the schools that produce the future of America. We need to cut the government handouts and focus on the future! This is sad to see what Americans hold as a priority. We need Obama, Brown, Feinstein and so many other ignorant peolpe out of office so we can begin to rebuild CA and the US. Wake up BAJ!!
tim varner June 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I have lived inTemecula since the early 90's and my yougest just grauduated from Great Oak, so I don't have to worry about the schools anymore. But I would like to point out that some of the money problems were created in the late 90's. Three people with the same agenda got themselves elected to the school board and made some big, expensive changes. The biggest was changing the elementary and middle schools from "year round" to traditional semesters.This basically increased the amount of teachers and classrooms needed by 25%. Trailers were drug in by the dozens, new schools were built and more teachers were hired. Maybe the Patch can do a report on the school in Redhawk that was built and just sits there with no students.
Fauntleroy Murphy June 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Have you been hiding under a rock. People have been losing their jobs like wildfire over the past 4 years, many have won awards in their field of work and have put in far more than 7 years......REALLY!
Fauntleroy Murphy June 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I couldn't agree more but, it's not just in the school district, it's in nearly every area of employement.
Fauntleroy Murphy June 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Your comment has nothing to do with the article.
Lee Stout June 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I wish the pink slips started at the top instead of the bottom.
Denise Lemeiux June 19, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I agree. Why dont these Superintendents that feel so bad take a pay cut or furlough days. Cut from the Top they will save more money faster and keep the funds for the students where is belongs. They are just like big businesss keep the money at the top . Greed
TemecuMom June 19, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Which school are you referring to, Tim? The schools in Redhawk are Jackson, Red Hawk, Gardner, and Great Oak...all of which are open with students. Just wondering.
TVOR June 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I don't know of a school in redhawk that is not being used.
Popeye June 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The problem is the Tea Baggers not paying thier fair share of taxes to the schools.
Jeff June 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Sad seeing the state of education as of late. I hate seeing highly qualified teacher retire. I know of two teachers in Temecula that are amazing teachers who decided to walk away. They've had it. No one would want their doctor to retire, so they could see a newer cheaper one. You get what you pay for or in this case don't pay for. And no one really wants to fix the issue. What kind of society do we want? Do we want an educated workforce that stands a fighting chance against the world's workforce or a populace that can't? It's also pains me when I see people that don't care about education because they might not have children in the system. Education and lack of great education affects us all.
French Valley Mom June 20, 2012 at 02:03 AM
French Valley Mom 6:52 pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Suzanne, I am educated and simply made a spelling error. Like you've never done that! We're all unhappy with the situation and there was no need to be critical. Fauntleroy, Again, is it necessary to be critical of ones comment when we're all on the same page? Yes, I've seen it for the past 4 years as you say...and even longer. It saddens us all which was really my point in the first place...same as you and everyone else!!
Winchester Collection June 22, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Glad someone brought this up!!!!!!!!!! As a team everyone should take a hit. If all these teachers are needed just cut everyone's pay and keep the teachers. Remembering that its "For the Children".
Winchester Collection June 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Pay for performance. If your school sucks your pay should suck. Administrators should work completely on the bonus system like stock options or performance MATRIX. capping their bonuses.
Winchester Collection June 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Teachers are fairly Paid. Administrators are overpaid. Charter school should require partial payment from parents abusing public funds for private education. Require a yearly fee from out of district transfers.
albia miller June 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
If we had corporations pay their taxes and the oil companies not have subsidies and instead have fines and bring America back from other people's nations, then, we could refund education. Without cuts in maintenance staff people may be hurt on unkept schools. Without afterschool programs gang violence will increase. Without a full year, parents will have more students unattended due to, hopefully, working parents. Stop making weapons of war and fund education that focuses on powering and transporting our people on our planet in a green manner. If you can read and spell, then, demand a reversal of laying off 160 people in Temecual school district. albia miller
Winchester Collection June 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Tim, Year round was a disaster. Kids went to school for three months and then took 1 month off. After that month they reviewed for three weeks before they continued the curriculum. I have also lived here for some time late 80's and would hate year round school to ever come back.
Winchester Collection June 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I agree with everyone paying their fair share. We are currently in a war that WAR BONDS were not sold. (World War 1 and 2.) So all of us that were pro defending ourselves without paying step up and push for War Bond sales so that our debt is not taken out of schools and basic public safety. Remeber people nothing is free including WAR and safety. Follow the money and find out were the true socialism hand out exist. Remember the millions of tax dollars authorized to the victims of 911, the millions authorized for rewards to foreigners to capture the 26 iraqi most wanted.
Winchester Collection June 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Education is like any other business. If these highly qualified teachers passed on their skill set to the next group of teachers their retirements would not be feared but they would be celebrated. I think the older should make room for the younger. Holding on to your job when you can retire is not always the best solution. Most of us will be paying for not training the next generation of carpenters, machinist, welders, teachers, firefighters, cops, retail mangers, cook and trashmen. If we all worked hard and were responsible to save money we would be retiring.
Winchester Collection June 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
To Deann, Is this how Democrats become Republicans. When we are young we have little and as we get older we gain wealth and want it protected so we start taking and becoming protective. As youth we are agile and inventive as we become older we become bureaucratic. The older Democrats are just in denile they are really just Republicans. Just a finger pointing observation :) remove the 1 party system Repubcrats.
Ned July 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
It is ok BAJ. Next you will be saying Bush had something to do with this. Brown, Pelosi, Boxer and the Unions lied to you. There is no gold at the end of the rainbow just pink slips. We are not going to give you Democrats another dime. Ask your leaders to give some of their pay back and see what they say to you. Tell them to do it for the kids. And see what they say to you. Next time vote Rebublican we can still save the schools and this state.
Ned July 04, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Popeye i pay my share and so does any middle class and up working American. Obama just open the gates to the world to come on in. if you like that then at the bottom of all your tax form there is a box. There you can send in more money to cover what i do not want to pay. Trust me I will not feel bad at all. The state takes more then what they need. Be a good Democrat and fall inline.

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