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Temecula Valley Unified Uses Caution in Restoring Furlough Days

Though two furlough days have been restored for support workers—and one for teachers—following the passage of Prop. 30, the Temecula Valley Unified School District awaits a clearer budget picture.

When students of the Temecula Valley Unified School District return Tuesday, Jan. 8 from winter break, staff and teachers will be more prepared.

The district and both labor groups negotiated recently to restore a normal work schedule for Monday, Jan. 7. The day had been set aside as a staff development and prep day before teachers and classified employees agreed to give it up as a non-paid, budget-reduction day.

The recent negotiations followed the November passage of Proposition 30. The voter-approved tax increases are expected to prevent further cuts this fiscal year and generate an estimated $6 billion annually for the state’s public education fund.

Temecula teachers had agreed to take 10 furlough days this school year, while support workers agreed to take six. Aug. 13-14 and Sept. 21 were already observed as non-student and non-staff budget-reduction days this school year. Further budget-reduction days scheduled for the current school year include the week of June 3-7 and Monday, June 10.

Restoration of furlough days—should the budget outlook improve—was built in to labor agreements with both groups.

At the Dec. 11 school boarding meeting, trustees approved Jan. 7 as a restored staff development and prep day for teachers. Two work days were restored for support workers—one being Jan. 7 and the other according to the respective employees’ work-year calendar.

Further restoration will be dependent on the fiscal outlook when the governor’s budget proposal is released in January, according to a letter signed by Temecula Valley Unified Superintendent Tim Ritter and Temecula Valley Educators Association President Chris Lindberg.

“This is because the last thing any of us want is to reinstate the days and then have to request them back should budget information in January be dismal,” Ritter and Lindberg wrote.

TVOR December 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I don't see the worthless friggin politicians who put our state in this financial mess taking any furlough days.
John December 31, 2012 at 04:57 PM
What about all the teachers that were laid off last year? Is that part of the "restoration", or are all they just water under the bridge? The middle and high school teachers may not care about the huge number of elementary teachers that were jettisoned last year, but these primary teachers paid their union dues, too.
S.S.J December 31, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I agree TVOR, if we started deducting pay and benefits from them, I am sure things would change much faster.
S.S.J December 31, 2012 at 06:32 PM
The sad fact is, if class sizes are kept this big, they will not bring back teachers that have been laid off. While there were many in elementary, there were also some in middle and high school. I know of alot of elementary teachers that went up to fill those positions. The restoration should following what the teacher's agreed to and if you look at the TVEA website, it was the restoration of days. The implication was that if Prop 30. passed, all would be good and the teachers would not have to take furlough days after all. It seems like, from this article, that district is dragging its feet a little at returning those days. I remember seeing teachers out at corners with signs, handing out flyers, etc... they worked hard for Prop. 30 and Measure Y.
Frustrated December 31, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Nope...no reinstatements! Thanks everyone, for voting in those extra taxes. Instead of restoring educational days to our children, the teachers & support staff get one of their furlough days restored. Money well spent, Governor Brown!
LetsBfair December 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Redevelopment spending (fake money) stole all of the resources from the schools. The Temecula city council gave away free money to "Front Street Partners" and "Pujols". They gave over $9,500,000.00 of FREE MONEY to those 2 people in 2011. Temecula City Council gave over $100 million away. FREE MONEY that could have gone to schools, yet, redevelopment money stole it and gave it to Friends of the city council. This is FREE MONEY. No interest. No payments. Kids got shafted while friends of the city council got RICH. Wake Up Temecula.
TVOR December 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Your account of the redevelopment funds being expended is grossly oversimplified. Those funds went to help pay for the costs of constructing buildings in Old Town, not directly into anyone's pockets.
Galactic Cannibal January 01, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Pay our teachers peanuts, Hey they are only responsible for training and educating the minds of our children, our future.. But spend another $10 billion, building a new WAR SHIP for death and destruction. To keep our poorly educated children safe. Or waste $6 billion on Camp Pendleton to build more concrete blocks etc.
Catherine January 02, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Although the restoration of furlough days is the only restoration language written into the MOUs for both classified and certificated TVUSD employees, there were lay-offs as well that helped the district save money. They based their budget on those "trigger cuts" happening should prop. 30 NOT pass. Since it did pass, they now have $12 million that they didn't plan on when the budget was created. If all 10 furlough days are restored for both classified and certificated employees, it would cost $8.7 million. That still leaves more than $3 million to hire back teachers that were laid off which would reduce class sizes. Another reason for lay-offs was the prediction of declining enrollment (the district projected we would be down by 500 students). At the last school board meeting it was reported that our actual enrollment is UP by 87 students. Again, let's put teachers back to work and RESTORE the quality education that our students have been fortunate to have in the past.
Senior Parent January 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Gov Brown, Get your act together, not only does this effect TVUSD teachers, this effect the Senior parents that are waiting to know what day our kids will graduate. Families have to plan for occassions like this not to mention family that must travel from other states. We are in January and still do not know what date our kids will be graduating!!! Get it together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
temecularesident March 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM
According to the TVUSD website, they have 2600 total employees. 1251 are actual teachers. More than half are not teachers (1267 classified non-teaching, 62 certified administrators, & 20 classified administrators). The TVUSD has 28,468 total students with 33 total schools.
temecularesident March 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM
And they still have not told us what the 2013/2014 calendar is!!! I guess they are not in a hurry about that either because they don't care about the students and their families. They will be changing it several times throughout the year like they did this year (4 changes) anyhow so why keep us in the dark?
temecularesident March 07, 2013 at 07:20 PM
See the current newsflash in PATCH http://temecula.patch.com/articles/temecula-valley-unified-at-risk-of-insufficient-funds?ncid=wsc-patch-article-headline about TVUSD's "insufficient funds" and scratch your head as to why they reinstated any furlough days at all!!

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