LASD to send out 45 pink slips

Forty-five employees in the Los Altos School District will be let go this spring as the district tries to deal with over $2 million in cuts through the 2010-11 school year, administrators decided earlier this week.

The district, which serves hundreds of Mountain View residents, will make cuts totaling $2.3 million over the next two years, including $500,000 from special programs and $800,000 in one -time cuts. Board members decided on the cost-cutting measures during their March 2 meeting.

The cuts come after the state Legislature passed a harsh budget on Feb. 20, slashing over $8 billion from public schools through 2010.

Los Altos schools were spared drastic cuts through the 2009-10 school year, and will see $500,000 in reductions -- significantly less than expected. But, assistant superintendent for business services Randy Kenyon said, the board is now preparing for 2010-11, when the schools could face millions in cuts.

"It's not just a one-year problem," Kenyon said.

The trustees cut employees and budgets in the physical education departments, libraries, science programs and district office staff. The district will transfer money from unused funds and will "restructure" certain programs, such as English language development and summer school, saving the schools half a million dollars.

Administrators said pink slips will be sent out to "certificated staff" by March 15, and to "classified staff" by mid-April.


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Posted by Liz
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

This makes me so upset that the government always has to take money from the kids. I know the schools have some teachers that are close to the retire age I say buy them out and keep the young blood. I have seen some of these teachers in action and all I can say is it's time for them to retire. Also it seems to me that some people at the district office make to much money. Take a pay cut and save a teachers job. They are the ones who should make more not the school superintendent. As a parent with children in Mountain View school district I would like to have an accounting of salaries and how my tax dollars are being spent. I see a lot of waste.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm

This is the Los Altos School District, not Mountain View Whisman. Kids in Springer School, and some in Covington and Almond may live in Mountain View.

I don't think Mountain View Whisman is planning any pink slips this year, at least not yet.

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Posted by Randall Flagg
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Why don't we ever talk about cutting legislators' salaries and benefits?

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Posted by Meagan
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

If you're interested in taking action against these cuts, please visit

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Parent for clarification on the school district. Still a very sad thing to happen to all involved. Kids education should be the most important thing and all we seem to see from our great government in Sacramento is cuts to education. I think it's time for Arnold to go BYE BYE.

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Posted by J
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

what a DISASTER the re-opening of Gardner Bullis has become. millions spent on refurbishing, redistricting, hiring teachers & staff plus the hidden costs of disenfranchising the rezoned Mountain View residents who have to go the their 5th closest school instead of their 1st or 2nd closest. add to that LAEF funds from donations have to be divided over yet another school.

maybe it's time for these "smart" businessmen, Bill Cooper, Mark Goines & David Pefley, to go "BYE BYE" as well. these guys pushed the re-opening of Gardner Bullis at the peak of the real estate bubble using student population growth forecasts based on the bubble continuing.

maybe it's time for Bullis to be closed again? the Los Altos Hills kids already have priority for 50% of the slots in Bullis Charter School anyway.

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Posted by Barack
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

J, I think you are unintelligent.

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