Rowland Unified votes for school clos...

Rowland Unified votes for school closure, other cuts

There are 19 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Mar 24, 2010, titled Rowland Unified votes for school closure, other cuts. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

During a special meeting Tuesday, the Rowland Unified school board voted 4-1 to close a school.

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Bad Management

West Covina, CA

#1 Mar 24, 2010
If the board was doing the job elected and the superintendent was doing the job hired, they would not have this problem. When you plan for things to get better, instead of the trend you have the problem they have today.

Hopefully, WCUSD who has been run properly for the last 5 years will stay that way, even with a new board member.
disgruntled citizen

Walnut, CA

#2 Mar 25, 2010
RUSD has a history of poor management and decison-making. It is no wonder parents want to send their kids to Walnut and Diamond Bar.Why should these parents, who want the best for their kids, suffer due to RUSD's incompetence? Supt. Ott and the board have spent money foolishly, made ridiculous management decisions, and failed to listen to their constituency. Their arrogance and ignorance are among the reasons this district is going broke. Closing a school will only exacerbate this problem.
Read Between the Lines

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Mar 25, 2010
re: post by Bad Management

Every time I read an article about a school district's tough economic ,I see someone from WCUSD patting themselves on the back for not being in the same situation.

Too, they always hint and hope that the "new member" is reading their posts saying things like "Hopefully, WCUSD who has been run properly for the last 5 years will stay that way, even with a new board member."

A post from one of their right-wing board members no doubt.
RUSD

United States

#4 Mar 25, 2010
The closed school will become a haven for crime and neglect. I hope the district properly secures it to prevent vandalism, drugs and theft.
We are seeing these school closures all across the nation. A sad shame...
Irresponsible

Palmdale, CA

#5 Mar 25, 2010
According to Hidalgo, they have been keeping schools of 400 open for three years! This is irresponsible and negligent financial management by Ott and Wertz. We have lost hundreds of students every year and more with Ott there and they act like it is a matter of pride that they kept small schools going when they could have closed them years ago like other districts. Then they wouldn't be in qualified status with their budget...or was that a game they are playing to get the county to stop choice to Walnut.

Now Ott is asking us to give up $2,500,000 in salary for her poor judgement and mismanagement. Two weeks ago in the board report it was $1,500,000..so what is the explanation for that increase? What was on the list before that isn't there now? Looks like the management position cut is gone, mission critical is down $250,000 from before allowing the district office to give up less. So, where are the cuts to administrators...not one is on the list that we heard presented to the Board...Why do we still have elementary vice principals where other districts cut them years ago?

We are not going to cave into the demands to negotiate away our livlihood so this administration can bring down Rowland financially as she has done academically!
Touchy

West Covina, CA

#6 Mar 25, 2010
Read Between the Lines wrote:
re: post by Bad Management
Every time I read an article about a school district's tough economic ,I see someone from WCUSD patting themselves on the back for not being in the same situation.
Too, they always hint and hope that the "new member" is reading their posts saying things like "Hopefully, WCUSD who has been run properly for the last 5 years will stay that way, even with a new board member."
A post from one of their right-wing board members no doubt.
It a nerve? Time will tell.
Bad Management

West Covina, CA

#8 Mar 25, 2010
Letting LACOE run a school district, which is more poorly run than the school districts they oversee, is not a good idea, at all!!
Dont Tread On Me

United States

#9 Mar 25, 2010
Bad Management wrote:
Letting LACOE run a school district, which is more poorly run than the school districts they oversee, is not a good idea, at all!!
And I suppose you're an expert on how LACOE runs things? LACOE runs more than just the juvenile court schools and camps. They oversee the Arts HS @ CSULA, iPoly @ CPP, run special education programs @ Citrus College & Mt. Sac. And since you also don't know this, they also are contracted to run the GAIN/ GROW programs to get welfare and GR recipients into the workforce.

I really think you should research an organization before you bash it. And who do you think oversees ALL of the school districts, including RUSD, WVUSD and LAUSD in LA city proper? Oh wait, that'd be LACOE! Just like OCDE oversees all of the districts in the OC. Every county in the state has a department of education that oversees individual school districts.

Ignorant ignoramuses like you make me sick. Obviously an uneducated fool. Wait, educated by WCUSD, an even lousier district than RUSD, which is just as bad as WVUSD, but a step above HLPUSD.
Bad Management

West Covina, CA

#10 Mar 25, 2010
I wonder who you or a family member is employed by?
Joe

La Puente, CA

#11 Mar 25, 2010
Sign of the times. Many schools were closed last year.
Mommy

Placentia, CA

#12 Mar 25, 2010
disgruntled citizen wrote:
RUSD has a history of poor management and decison-making. It is no wonder parents want to send their kids to Walnut and Diamond Bar.Why should these parents, who want the best for their kids, suffer due to RUSD's incompetence? Supt. Ott and the board have spent money foolishly, made ridiculous management decisions, and failed to listen to their constituency. Their arrogance and ignorance are among the reasons this district is going broke. Closing a school will only exacerbate this problem.
Completely agree! I grew up in LP and now live in DB, and will never have my kids go to RUSD or HLPUSD. I went through both and after I graduated it all went down hill! We made a decision to move to DB for my kids. my Husband grew up in DB and works for the WVUSD. One of the best districts in the immediate area!
Neo

Whittier, CA

#13 Mar 26, 2010
All of you need to chill out and go train Jiu-Jitsu.:)

Have faith.
Screwed up management

Covina, CA

#14 Mar 26, 2010
I agree with the people that are saying that Rowland Unified has recently had poor management and bad judgment. Dr. Maria Ott is not doing the job she was hired to do. One of the schools in the RUSD had lots of problems for 2 years with their principal and that is how long it took for Dr. Ott to realize she was not doing her job. It was sad to see the way that principal was getting away with all the bad things she was doing. Why Dr. Ott let it go on for so long is beyond me. Thank goodness we now have a principal who really knows how to do her job. Hurray for Mrs. Benavides. We need a leader who is good at management and has good judgment skills. Dr. Ott and the district spent the money foolishly and it is not fair for the students and parents from RUSD to be the ones to pay for it. We have some excellent teachers in RUSD and it is sad to see them let go for Dr. Ott's mistakes. We also have some awesome classified staff who go over and beyond to make sure our students are well taken care of and are getting the education that they need. I will keep everyone from RUSD in prayer we all need it!!!!!
Mr Bear El Monte Ca

Garden Grove, CA

#15 Mar 26, 2010
Hmmmm seems nobody really understands the real truth here. It's about the kids at these school who will have to pay the price folks. But I will agree it's about the mismanagement of funds and not knowing when and where to spend funding. Did some of these schools which one might shut down need a new libary, the old ones were just as good. Or did they need a new garden, No that's a waste of monies. As to getting rid of teachers, to bad that the worse of the worse will stay and teach because they have Ten year (Oh well I guess our kids will grow up dumber than ever.).
What is truly needed is the admisistrative personel to see the trend in students moving on every year. You think last year was bad wait for the next school year and You and every Tax payer should scream your lungs out as to the cost to keep a school open with a small populaiton of students.
well for my final thought, to all those teacher who are new and getting laid off hell its better now you can get a better paying job that pays better and you will never have to complain about your job as a teacher and well those in charge will keep getting bigger and fatter paychecks.
Ain't that a America
Committee Farce

Santa Ana, CA

#16 Mar 27, 2010
Too bad Garcia couldn't get some support from the rest of the board to take time to study the school closure with real input from the community. Ott is shoving this down everyone's throat just like she did with the Learning Directors to save the elementary VPs last year. Our Restructuring Committee didn't come up with this...we were TOLD that this is the way it would be...so much for the committee process. Don't you think she has already decided which school will be closed? Transparency like mud!
Union Resistance

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Mar 27, 2010
The teachers' union should join with the staff union to fight against the unjust burden of $2.5 million in cuts to our salary and work year. Nogales teachers... lead on to push the Rowland district administration to cut administrators and other personnel and their salaries before raising class size and penalizing us for their mismanagement and inability to improve schools to keep kids in the district.
Your Voted For It

West Covina, CA

#18 Mar 28, 2010
Just remember, the cuts are coming from Sacramento so they can pay $200k to the Leader of the State Senate's Chief of Staff. They take money from the local schools and cities to pay for retirement and salaries not seen in business.

This year we will send the same people back and expect different results - first sign of insanity.
Born in the USA

Walnut, CA

#19 May 22, 2010
Mommy wrote:
<quoted text>
Completely agree! I grew up in LP and now live in DB, and will never have my kids go to RUSD or HLPUSD. I went through both and after I graduated it all went down hill! We made a decision to move to DB for my kids. my Husband grew up in DB and works for the WVUSD. One of the best districts in the immediate area!
HLPUSD is far better than RUSD. Even in the La Puente area of HLPUSD, where there are enormous problems with transiency and EL, both Workman and La Puente High schools send a significant amount of kids to college. Wilson and Los Altos are both high end high schools. And no, I do not work for that district, I work for Pomona Unified, whose high schools are measured against La Puente and Workman.
Better management

Beverly Hills, CA

#20 Jun 25, 2010
Rowland Unified has had poor management for some time now. It is sad to see that Dr. Ott is not doing her job. I have worked for this district for 11 years now and things are just getting worse. Giano had a prinipal that was no good and Dr. Ott did not see the damage she was doing. It is sad to see our district going down the drain, especially when we have some awesome students and their families. We also some great staff in our schools and it is ashame to see the schools closing down. I will keep everyone in prayer. The Lord is so great that hopefully things will get better.

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