TONIGHT: District to vote on special ed cuts

This evening, trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District board are scheduled to vote on a measure to reduce the hours and benefits of 11 full-time aides who work with autistic students at Slater School.

The vote was pulled from the board's last meeting agenda after a union representing the aides asked the district to engage in further discussion regarding the cuts.

Also on the agenda tonight, trustees will consider approval of the Castro Elementary site plan. They will also continue discussion on the School Facilities Improvement Plan, the district's 10-year master plan.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6:45 p.m. following a closed session, and will take place at the district office, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View.

— Kelsey Mesher


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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

The fact that these cuts are even being considered is sickening.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on Dec 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I think the trustees are under some kind of hypnotic trance put on them by MG, but it's worth a try to contact them and tell them to CUT ADMINISTRATOR'S PERKS, NOT STUDENT SERVICES

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Posted by QM
a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 10, 2009 at 5:50 pm

The solution is to have Google pay for the aides to cover the costs for the next fiscal year. If Google Elementary School wants to remain on the Slater School Campus, they should kick down the chump change to cover the cost of the aides. Leasing away Slater School should have created some budget augmentation for the MVWSD. Between Google Elementary and Google Airport, the City of Google should have some revenue floating around to cover the cost of helping autistic children attend school in Mountain View.

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Posted by Ivy
a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

There is no hope for this school district.

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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

Daniel Mart is a registered user.

We live in a status quo that favors rich folkm; things must change nolw. People need to stand up and be counted, not sit back and do nothing and hope that everything turns out alright!

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I was at the meeting for a little and I believe that the item was removed from the agenda - by the district - to further negotiations. Continue public input to

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Posted by Daniel Mart
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 11, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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The parents -- and possible some students -- could totally take legal action.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Waverly Park
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

My neighbor (who was last year honored at a board meeting for 20 years service to the district) is one of these aides. She said that services to students were cut, so now the district is cutting their hours. She made it sound like her job had already been cut.

Does the Voice know what transpired at the board meeting last Thursday?

The board meeting agenda's are posted on the district website but I can't find the minutes posted anywhere.

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