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Community college district to make tough cuts

Original post made on Apr 11, 2013

Although good news appears to be on the horizon for higher education, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is "not out of the woods yet." Around 30 employees, mostly classified support staff, will likely be laid off, according a top official familiar with the district's fiscal health.

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Posted by PC
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

What a drag. Knowing all the Foothill people and feeling their pain, this is a very sad day; and one seeing poor quality management skills. How much has gone into new digs and squandered and why? One can say well that's not the operational budget, but when factoring in the furniture over many positions that was new, and a function of the operational budget, one sees money flying out the window where preservation of staff could have been a hallmark. So sad because Foothill is one of the best and finest and yet here we see dysfunction in light of hundreds of millions spent on new infrastructure and the support services per employee that had to be new. Those infrastructure will be laid aside languishing, a sunk cost just waiting to ether go to the junk man or get utilized. No staff, its a waste that adds up daily.

Sounds to me they need new blood in the high ranks. My friend Dr. Horowitz has it spot on, they make mistakes and the staff take it in the chin with millions in sunk costs that are about to be junked.


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Posted by MadamPresident
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

this is CA comminity collges for you - overpaid administration & faculty

do you know that a librarian (non-faculty) at those colleges makes much more than a library (faculty) in the CSU system?


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Posted by PC
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Actually most staff are underpaid making about 30k a year on average. I hate to spill the beans here but what is a real problem are those who retire then come back to teach again its a form of Double Dipping called Title 9. But then again since teachers do not get social security they have to rely on teaching until dead. The other drag are executive pay because then there is a 6 figure pension involved. Most regular staff get a 5 figure pension and just make it in our expensive Bay Area. I know a teacher who retired (big mistake) lives off her annuity that age 70 she will have to take it all thanks to the IRS and no SSI. I know a staff person retired making about 60k in pension and with Social Security barely making it month to month. I know an executive with a million dollar home a 250k pension plus social security living on easy street. Pay parity is needed but the union refuses which is another problem.


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Posted by Sabrina
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

"this is CA comminity collges for you - overpaid administration & faculty

do you know that a librarian (non-faculty) at those colleges makes much more than a library (faculty) in the CSU system?"

This race to the bottom mentality is truly immoral. I can't comprehend why we'd strive to pay faculty, who are providing an important public service, LESS when it's already so clear that they make little. I attended De Anza for three years and none of my instructors dressed or acted like they had much wealth.

Anyway, faculty across the board are far underpaid compared to administrators. It's incredibly short-sighted that only one administrator was cut while seven faculty were. What a great way for Foothill-De Anza College to unravel all it used to stand for. This is as bad as the UC Regents.


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Posted by kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I agree Sabrina, but blame the unions, they have pushed pensions for all city employees to unaffordable rates.

Prop 30 was nothing but a scam to rape the average citizen of there hard earned money, for what, to line the pockets of their wallets. They claimed it will help the schools. Yeah, this is a perfect indication of how it's helping.

Rather than going after companies like Google and all the other tax evasive companies, they go after the little people, you and me, the tax payers. As long as we have derril steinberg and marc leno type idiots that think of nothing but spend and tax the people more, nothing will happen and this situation will only become worse in the coming year with HSR.