Layoffs approved for Vaca schools

Layoffs approved for Vaca schools

There are 64 comments on the The Reporter story from May 8, 2009, titled Layoffs approved for Vaca schools. In it, The Reporter reports that:

As trustees in the Vacaville Unified School District ended months of hand-wringing over reductions in staff to one of their employee groups, new developments were announced with another group Thursday night.

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of course

Irvine, CA

#1 May 8, 2009
Administrators take no cuts at all. After all, our children need them the MOST!

We're supposed to be educating our kids - not running a business. Someone needs to figure out a system that works, and I'm willing to bet any such plan doesn't include administrators earning upwards of $200K/year.

Since: Jul 08

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#2 May 8, 2009
Unionista shill Hensley still doesn't get it. She thinks if MORE money were thrown at teachers to retire, VUSD wouldn't have had to terminate 58 teachers.

Reality check there honey, there is no money!
Susie Q

United States

#3 May 8, 2009
Thank you Democrats for not knowing how to wisely spend taxpayer money.
Lyn

Orinda, CA

#4 May 8, 2009
How many assistant superintendents does this school district need???? Get rid of some of them and there will be plenty of money for the children. The article mentioned two, I just wonder how many more of these positions there are in the school district. Does the superintendent really need all these assistants to do his job and what about all the staff that go along with these positions. I am hearing about cuts in activities in the high schools and probably happening in the junior highs and the elementary schools also. Wake up Vacaville parents, check out what is going on in the school district!!!

Since: Jul 08

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#5 May 8, 2009
Lyn wrote:
How many assistant superintendents does this school district need???? Get rid of some of them and there will be plenty of money for the children. The article mentioned two, I just wonder how many more of these positions there are in the school district. Does the superintendent really need all these assistants to do his job and what about all the staff that go along with these positions. I am hearing about cuts in activities in the high schools and probably happening in the junior highs and the elementary schools also. Wake up Vacaville parents, check out what is going on in the school district!!!
So naive. Cutting assistant superintendents is peanuts compared to the amount of money the district needs to balance a budget. 58 teacher had to go. They're gone now. Does it hurt? I hope so. Does it hurt enough to do something about it? I hope so. Does it hurt enough to rethink how public schools are run and how lavish unionista contracts have become? I hope so.

You wanted it, you got it.
Lyn

Orinda, CA

#6 May 8, 2009
I'm not being naive, but it is a start. I'm not a "unionista" as you so fondly call the teachers. My concern is for the children. A cut in assistant superintendents is just the beginning. I would like to know what they do all day long. It is sad that the teachers have to go, and blaming their so called lavish contracts (I don't think so), isn't going to help the situation. Start the cuts from the top and work their way down.

Granny in the Crosswalk

Since: Apr 08

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#7 May 8, 2009
Will this involve ancillary/office staff?
Dark Knight

San Mateo, CA

#8 May 8, 2009
People, start executing death row inmates. Cut Dept. of Corrections budget in half. You'll have so much money, you won't know what to do with it all!!
WTH

Sacramento, CA

#9 May 8, 2009
I sure hope CA spends Billions on better test prep materials, so the children can show how great they are on the STAR testing. If we spend enough on test prep materials, we can hire monkeys to teach the kids, and pay the monkeys with bananas. I think this will really be the best thing for CA to do. Once the rest of the US sees how great this program works, they will all use our design to teach tomorrows youth.

Since: Jul 08

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#10 May 8, 2009
Lyn wrote:
I'm not being naive, but it is a start. I'm not a "unionista" as you so fondly call the teachers. My concern is for the children. A cut in assistant superintendents is just the beginning. I would like to know what they do all day long. It is sad that the teachers have to go, and blaming their so called lavish contracts (I don't think so), isn't going to help the situation. Start the cuts from the top and work their way down.
Ah yes, it's always about the children. For the sake of the children then, wake up! You're paid what you are worth honey. Apparently the 58 teachers that are getting terminated aren't worth what they are paid so they're gone.

Reality check, there is no money. Teachers salary and benefits make up the bulk of the budget so when there is no money, teachers are terminated. The blade cuts both ways, in good times the unionista DEMANDED pay raises, now that the money is tight, they get their fair share of a lesser budget which means 58 fewer teachers.

Whining about it here won't help your cause.
Vacaville

Danville, CA

#11 May 9, 2009
Unfortunately the teachers getting the "pink slips" are the newest and most motivated. Just out of college they go into their profession and get a termination notice the first year. Motivating more at the top scale to retire would allow the newest, future leaders (principals) to stay in our district and not move on!

Nothing has changed over the years. Seniority always prevails. The cycle continues...
VHS Grad

United States

#12 May 9, 2009
Vacaville must have the most outlet stores, strip malls and franchise stores per capita in the US. And massive "SALE!" inserts in The Reporter. Why spend money on education, when there is so much shopping to do? Shopping is at least a sport, or as often a way of life in Vacaville. And until recently there was no real bookstore, until Borders (which is almost more of a calendar/cookbook/coffee store). As long as Ma and Pa would rather load up the giant truck with a new flat screen ("It's a Sony 3000X everybody!!! We got the kids DVDs and a TIVO!!!"), education will not be a priority for the (vast?) majority of heavyset folks in the keep up with the Jones' material world of Vacaville.
VHS Grad

United States

#13 May 9, 2009
An irony(?) is that once one gets a good education and makes good money, one has learned that most of the gadgets and junk aren't worth having. Education in this scenario leads to savings and long term stability. Not maxed out credit cards for a bunch of junk that gathers cobwebs in the garage.
If kids work hard enough to get into Davis, they'll make that transition to good money and a more simple, thoughtful life. Or, if anyone picks up a BOOK and disregards coments like, "Whatchu readin' for?" he'll benefit.
Accurate Reader

Vacaville, CA

#14 May 9, 2009
Lyn wrote:
How many assistant superintendents does this school district need???? Get rid of some of them and there will be plenty of money for the children. The article mentioned two, I just wonder how many more of these positions there are in the school district. Does the superintendent really need all these assistants to do his job and what about all the staff that go along with these positions. I am hearing about cuts in activities in the high schools and probably happening in the junior highs and the elementary schools also. Wake up Vacaville parents, check out what is going on in the school district!!!
Seven management positions were cut earlier. While they were done through attrition rather than lay-off they were still eliminated.

This is not just a local district problem the state budget is destroying public education. While education makes up 40% of the state budget it has taken cuts of more the 56% and more are to come after the special election this month if Propositions 1A and 1B fail!!!

Granny in the Crosswalk

Since: Apr 08

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#15 May 9, 2009
VHS Grad wrote:
An irony(?) is that once one gets a good education and makes good money, one has learned that most of the gadgets and junk aren't worth having. Education in this scenario leads to savings and long term stability. Not maxed out credit cards for a bunch of junk that gathers cobwebs in the garage.
If kids work hard enough to get into Davis, they'll make that transition to good money and a more simple, thoughtful life. Or, if anyone picks up a BOOK and disregards coments like, "Whatchu readin' for?" he'll benefit.
Yay! Applause! Debt and Comcast are for pinheads.
Scott K

Vacaville, CA

#16 May 9, 2009
If I didn't say it ... When the article hit about the new district offices being considered near the outlets. Teachers would be the first to fall. I am not a fan of the teachers unions or the administration put someone has to teach the children. The strangle hold of the Federal, State and Local Gov has to give. Sounds funny but the state of Montana might have this one right. Do some research.
Tom

AOL

#17 May 9, 2009
Sorry folks but the school system has been running amuck for years.They have created an empire for staff and the people that matter take the cuts.With the money they save they can now open the Palace on Nut Tree Rd. Time to cut staff and assistants by 75%.The ones left may earn there pay then.
jimi

San Jose, CA

#18 May 9, 2009
Too bad they don't start with the garbage and get rid of our present Superintendent. Since Lyle Welsh retired the whole system has sucked. He can't even respond to reasonable concerns of parents or people who live adjacent to schools and are having problems with noise, tagging and other delinquent behaviours. The least worthy should go first!Let the teachers and assistant supes who actually work in tandem with the kids, parents, and neighborhoods stay to do their good jobs.
Lyn

Orinda, CA

#19 May 9, 2009
Hey Max, did I say I was a teacher, no, I didn't and I am not. You just assumed that because of my comments. By the way, also, I'm not your "Honey". My concern is and will always be for the children. I'm going to totally disregard anything you say, you seem to disagree with everything printed in the paper. Maybe you shouldn't read it anymore, it is making you bitter!

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#21 May 9, 2009
Vacaville Sucks wrote:
Vacaville is not the best place to live compared to other small towns. The City of Vacaville paints a very false image just to attract young families. Then these families who have established their families in Vacaville soon find out that Vacaville trashes families and creates division in family structure.
Vacaville is a very dangerous atmosphere to live for many reasons.
The first reason is the police department. There is a high percent of police mis conduct. The trashy Oakland fuddy duddy police chief is a joke to society along with all the other Poe Poes that follow behind his cowardly ways.
Then comes the retarded public school system in Vacaville that has failed many children for decades upon decades. Did you know the special education system is created to discriminate against girls?More girls are placed in the special education program than boys. The City of Vacaville does not want smart girls to grow up to be smart women understanding how the world works on their own. Girls in the Vacaville public school system are not being taught, but neglected by the school system on purpose.
Finally the churches in Vacaville!! So dysfunctional!! Your children are not safe at these places!! Stay home and teach your family about God at home. Do not let the blabber mouth preachers thwart the word of God to your family while you pray next to child molestors, drunks, drug addicts and the corrupt Vacville cops pretending to be people of God.
Do not support The City of Vacaville!!!
We're glad you don't live here too.

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