Local school budgets reflect state crisis Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jun 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm
To get an idea of how California's financial crisis will play out across the state, look no farther than Mountain View's school districts, whose trustees passed 2009-10 budgets by the June 30 deadline but fear that millions of dollars more will disappear before the year is out.
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Posted by Leroy, a resident of another community, on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:35 am
I recall the custodians maintaining the schools when our children were young. They cleaned and repaired anything. Maintenance workers came many years later when funds were available. Go back to that theory again until we are out of the recession. Believe me, it worked great.
Posted by disgusted, a resident of another community, on Jun 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm
".....fear that millions of dollars more will disappear before the year is out."
Disappear? No it's not disappearing, It's in plain site,
Just drive by Graham Middle School and see a perfectly decent parking lot (no potholes or even cracks that I can think of) being completely dug up and replaced using the last half-million dollars left over from the LAST facilities bond.
$500,000 for a new parking lot. Yep, we got our priorities straight.
Let's hear it again from the district office...."It's all about the kids"
Posted by Claire, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm
We need to focus on the teacher in the classroom during their contact with children and nothing else. New construction, lunch programs, high-priced management that accomplishes little but spend money should be reassessed.
Posted by Huff Parent, a resident of another community, on Jul 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm
This is all starting to ring hollow. Between repaving the Graham Middle School parking lot and the $6,000 dollars given to the director of the schools for his car, on top of a way too high salary, I add up say $550,000 dollars wasted.
This money could have been spent better elsewhere.
Posted by Ned, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm
"The state reductions could mean cutting $71 in spending per Mountain View Whisman student for the 2008-09 school year, and $537 per student for the 2009-10 school year"
Eliminate the Superintendent's position, saving $44 per student, promote an underling to take his place, or better yet fire the HR director who botched the Polifrone case, and then hire a motivated individual who wants to work and who perhaps doesn't have a job at the moment. Then, stop spending $500,000 on a parking lot. There I've solved at least a few budget problems right off the bat sitting on my couch and no one had to hire a consultant.