Does School District Superintendent C...

Does School District Superintendent CARE about children?

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#1 Sep 23, 2012
In my opinion, the phrase "best interest of children" never comes to mind for Ruth Perez, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent. I understand that she plans to close schools to cut the budget, while she takes home a quarter of a million dollar a year salary. Two of her assistants were hired at the start of last school year and I understand they received $30,000 a year RAISES within a few months! Apparently, she rarely visits the school campuses, and she discourages the school board members from doing so, too. A light needs to be shined on the activities and policies of this Superintendent, with focus on the school children as priority. Her empire building politics are counterproductive and ultimately hurt our children.
Response

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Sep 26, 2012
RPKingston wrote:
In my opinion, the phrase "best interest of children" never comes to mind for Ruth Perez, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent. I understand that she plans to close schools to cut the budget, while she takes home a quarter of a million dollar a year salary. Two of her assistants were hired at the start of last school year and I understand they received $30,000 a year RAISES within a few months! Apparently, she rarely visits the school campuses, and she discourages the school board members from doing so, too. A light needs to be shined on the activities and policies of this Superintendent, with focus on the school children as priority. Her empire building politics are counterproductive and ultimately hurt our children.
If the upcoming state tax initiative does not pass, not only will schools close; class sizes will increase, more teachers will be layed off and the budget will be entirely in the red by millions just for NLMUSD. There will be cuts like no one has ever seen.
Dr. Perez, however, isn't the problem. It's the state of California and its politicians who are raping our kids school budget. You will see a change not only in NLMUSD (by the way who is in great fiscal shape compared to other surrounding school districts)but all school districts will be impacted.
As for the secretary raises, completely unfounded. When we "understand" things, make sure it is verified factually before posting.
Reality Check

Whittier, CA

#3 Sep 26, 2012
RPKingston wrote:
In my opinion, the phrase "best interest of children" never comes to mind for Ruth Perez, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent. I understand that she plans to close schools to cut the budget, while she takes home a quarter of a million dollar a year salary. Two of her assistants were hired at the start of last school year and I understand they received $30,000 a year RAISES within a few months! Apparently, she rarely visits the school campuses, and she discourages the school board members from doing so, too. A light needs to be shined on the activities and policies of this Superintendent, with focus on the school children as priority. Her empire building politics are counterproductive and ultimately hurt our children.
Who got a $30,000 raise? Where did you get this information? As for closing schools, it should have been done a long time ago. Declining enrollment has is in its 5th year. Less students=Less money and less funds. I have seen more emphasis on student achievement and on actual teacher accountability since her arival than in all the years her predessor was in office.
"Shine the Light" please do. Give us some specifics rather than a bunch of accusations and generalities.
Sad for Education

Whittier, CA

#4 Sep 26, 2012
Response wrote:
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If the upcoming state tax initiative does not pass, not only will schools close; class sizes will increase, more teachers will be layed off and the budget will be entirely in the red by millions just for NLMUSD. There will be cuts like no one has ever seen.
Dr. Perez, however, isn't the problem. It's the state of California and its politicians who are raping our kids school budget. You will see a change not only in NLMUSD (by the way who is in great fiscal shape compared to other surrounding school districts)but all school districts will be impacted.
As for the secretary raises, completely unfounded. When we "understand" things, make sure it is verified factually before posting.
The state of California spends less on each student than 47 other states, and if the cuts that Mr. Brown says will come if the tax initiative does not pass, will we be 49th or 50th? What a shame. Funny how all you hear is how teacher salaries, pensions, and waste are the problems with education in California. When in fact the state spends far less than almost every other.

California has the most English language learners, special education students,homeless students, and migrant students in the United States. Yet they are not given the funds to properly deal with the special needs of these groups.

It is not hard to see why the test scores are so much lower than they were when California was near the top in per-pupil spending.

The district already has a contingency plan that calls for 20 less school days if the tax initiative does not pass. What will that do to the education of our kids?

Why does Mr. Brown have the funds to build a high speed rail that nobody wants, yet has no money for the education of our schools?

I wish I had moved out of California when my home was worth something and I could actually sell it.
rpkingston

Gig Harbor, WA

#5 Sep 27, 2012
The $30,000/yr raises were given to 3 assistant superintendents, not secretaries. Two of these assistant superintendents were just hired. You can find the info in the school board meeting minutes.
yeah

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Sep 29, 2012
I know of an office person from HR whose position got reclassified so she could earn a lot more $$$$$! And that definitely is in the Board Agenda! Nothing like having a fancy title for a Secretary and be earning $75,000 a year!
concerned voter

Whittier, CA

#7 Oct 1, 2012
Really??????? people got raises in this economy? Shame on those who voted to increase salaries by $30K...Was this the hand of the Superintendant or the people who approve it?
yeah

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Oct 3, 2012
I am sure raises are approved for those who know the right people! Superintendent and Board Members definitely know what's going on, and why they approve changes in job titles so that certain special people can get an increased salary is beyond me!

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