TONIGHT: LASD trustees to pass budget

Los Altos School District trustees will vote on cuts to programs and certified staff during their meeting Tuesday in an effort to balance the district's budget as it faces over $2 million in cuts.

The district, which serves hundreds of Mountain View residents, must 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, but are now voting on more specific cuts.

Trustees will approve a budget for the rest of the year, and decide whether to cut programs affecting certified staff during their meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at 205 Covington Road in Los Altos.

— Casey Weiss


Posted by Brad, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Such a shame that so many quality teachers/programs will be cut.
We can't afford to let our school district go down the drain. I understand teachers were asked to take a cut in their salary for next year when they haven't received a decent raise in many years. 1% raise doesn't even meet COLA. Were administrators asked to take a cut too??

Posted by Observer, a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Brad, just to clarify, this is Los Altos School District, not Mountain View Whisman. Mountain View Whisman might be in this situation next year, but I don't think they are laying off teachers yet.

Don't forget that teachers get step and column raises every year, whether or not they get COLA. I agree that teachers are never paid enough, but many, many people in professional fields do not get any type of raise every year. Don't know if administrators have cut their salaries at the school district, but another good question to ask is if they have been getting raises over the past several years.

Posted by Brad, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

dear Observer,

Yes, I know the article is about LASD and not the MV/Whisman district.

Regardless of the step and column "raises", teachers don't get paid enough. We (society) need to give more to them.

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