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News - June 15, 2018

'Miscalculations' blamed for school district's massive budget errors

Millions in deficits vanish in three-year projections for Mountain View Whisman

by Kevin Forestieri

Mountain View Whisman School District officials in March warned that the district was heading into deficit spending over the next few years, eating up nearly $9 million in reserves to offset growing costs between now and the end of the 2019-20 school year.

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11 people like this
Posted by Can't even count?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 12:52 am

Can't even count? is a registered user.

Has the school district been using an accountant that also helped Donald Trump appear rich when he was broke? Will anyone who can count run for school board?


10 people like this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

Mr. Clark, you are IN CHARGE of the Budget calculations. This is your responsibility, and, IMO, this is very good reason for you NOT TO GET ANY RAISE in salary this year. Superintendent Rudolph, this is your administrative team, they need to take personally responsibility of their errors, which negatively affect students in this district. "The Buck Stops" ...

Why this is important: the Board and the community need to be informed properly - and Money Allocated needs to be SPENT on good programs. Why did Hispanic Moms (our lovely Latinas-on-the-watch) have to come almost crying to the Board recently about Graham Middle School bullying of their children! Why? There was money in the Budget for extra lunch-recess playground aides And the Money Was Not Spent and extra aides were not hired.

Result - predictably - yet another kid suffered retaliatory bullying (a second round) on the Graham school yard after suffering through a 'first round'.

Not enough Money for Target Stunt 100% Summer Learning? Poppycock.
Not enough Money for Target Student 100% K-3rd grade Weekend and After School (extra) Learning Opportunities
Poppycock.

Stand up Clark and Rudolph, take responsibility for this error. Mr. Clark - be honorable and 'refuse a raise this year.'


3 people like this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

Mr. Clark, you are IN CHARGE of the Budget calculations. This is your responsibility, and, IMO, this is very good reason for you NOT TO GET ANY RAISE in salary this year. Superintendent Rudolph, this is your administrative team, they need to take personally responsibility of their errors, which negatively affect students in this district. "The Buck Stops" ...

Why this is important: the Board and the community need to be informed properly - and Money Allocated needs to be SPENT on good programs. Why did Hispanic Moms (our lovely Latinas-on-the-watch) have to come almost crying to the Board recently about Graham Middle School bullying of their children! Why? There was money in the Budget for extra lunch-recess playground aides And the Money Was Not Spent and extra aides were not hired.

Result - predictably - yet another kid suffered retaliatory bullying (a second round) on the Graham school yard after suffering through a 'first round'.

Not enough Money for Target Student 100% Summer Learning? Poppycock.
Not enough Money for Target Student 100% K-3rd grade Weekend and After School (extra) Learning Opportunities
Poppycock.

Stand up Clark and Rudolph, take responsibility for this error. Mr. Clark - be honorable and 'refuse a raise this year.'


1 person likes this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

Mr. Clark, you are IN CHARGE of the Budget calculations. This is your responsibility, and, IMO, this is very good reason for you NOT TO GET ANY RAISE in salary this year. Superintendent Rudolph, this is your administrative team, they need to take personally responsibility of their errors, which negatively affect students in this district. "The Buck Stops" ...

Why this is important: the Board and the community need to be informed properly - and Money Allocated needs to be SPENT on good programs. Why did Hispanic Moms (our lovely Latinas-on-the-watch) have to come almost crying to the Board recently about Graham Middle School bullying of their children! Why? There was money in the Budget for extra lunch-recess playground aides And the Money Was Not Spent and extra aides were not hired.

Result - predictably - yet another kid suffered retaliatory bullying (a second round) on the Graham school yard after suffering through a 'first round'.

Not enough Money for Target Student 100% Summer Learning? Poppycock.
Not enough Money for Target Student 100% K-3rd grade Weekend and After School (extra) Learning Opportunities
Poppycock.

The latest version of Stanford educational research still shows MVWSD has One Of The 20 Worst White-Hispanic educational achievement GAPS of any of the thousands of districts in their nation-wide data base (Reardon, 2018).

Stand up Clark and Rudolph, take responsibility for this error. Mr. Clark - be honorable and 'refuse a raise this year.'
(BTW this is IMO an honest mistake, but honorable adults take responsibility, no need to ask for anyone's job)


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Posted by Can't even count?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Can't even count? is a registered user.

Ok. Mr. Nelson. Got that. I guess you are saying thar school board members cannot be expected to double as district accountants and someone should not get a raise to send that message. I would go further. The school board should set a performance review of the superintendent and ask him who (else) should be fired. If the superintendent has no good answer, he should then have no good job in this district. That is what the school board SHOULD do. But don't hold your breath awaiting such action. You would die waiting.


17 people like this
Posted by More Incompetence
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm

And why does Superintendent Rudolph still have a job? By his and the Board' twisted and lop-sided standards and hypocrisy he should be fired and both he and the Board muck racked in the comments below. Teach to One, firing half the district's principals, poor communication, doling out jobs and consultant contract to his buddies from North Carolina and now this. It's clear this guy has no clue how to manage and lead. We are no doubt just getting glimpses of the ice berg that will sink the district for good.


22 people like this
Posted by More Incompetence
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm

How does Superintendent Rudolph still have a job? By his and the Board's twisted propaganda, white lies, lop-sided standards and hypocrisy he should be fired and both he and the Board muck racked in the comments below. Botched construction planning, Teach to One, firing half the district's principals, poor communication, sabotaging the DI program in public, forcing boundary changes down everyone's throats, doling out jobs and consultant contracts to his buddies from North Carolina and now this. It's clear this guy has no clue how to manage and lead while the Board under first Gutierrez and now Blakley fumble for words and explanations. We are no doubt just getting glimpses of the ice berg that will sink the district for good.


10 people like this
Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

I had a good friend, a corporate lawyer now deceased, who did pro bono legal work for the grade school and high school boards of a prestigious local city. I asked him why he did it, and he said that he felt that all school boards needed a good lawyer and a good accountant advising them on legal and financial issues. This is a perfect example of just why such advice is needed.


12 people like this
Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Just wait until District leadership decides that these newly-discovered funds should be used to give themselves raises for chasing away and pushing out great school leaders and bringing in their cronies! Or perhaps to pay for another disastrous math experience on our kids' backs?


10 people like this
Posted by Now what?
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Given the fact that they have all that "extra" money.... I have heard from parents across the district talk about how the teachers are given a low budget to get supplies for their classroom. They can hardly buy what the students need, shouldn't they increase it?? i believe that it's unfair for the hard working teachers to have to use their own money to help their students.If the District is unable to increase their budget, then increase their salaries.


17 people like this
Posted by Um, yay?
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Congrats to our on-the-ball supe and his crack accounting staff for finding that whole bunch of money they forgot to spend and then forgot to count.

Just think, all those funds that could have been spent on helping special education students is now available for the search committee for their replacements.


6 people like this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

"MASSIVE" ??? As in a 1.9% error in 3 yr. revenue projections. "MASSIVE", as in a 2.5% error in spending projections?
Voice Editor Andrea Gemmet, this is by no means "massive", other than in 'an editor's eye'. This is a normal type of mistake but of much less consequence than the PAUSD's accounting mistake, in a single year, in a dangerous direction.

The MVWSD Superintendent admitted to the mistake, he admitted it early, he publicly admitted it to his most concerned constancy (the parents of public school children) and he accepted the responsibility for correcting the problem OF HIS ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM. I wish he were perfect, I wish CBO Clark was perfect. But in this case they were not. They just caught their own mistake - fixed it, and made their mistake publicly known!

Does Steph Curry ever have an off day, an off week? Did he ever have an off period during his first years as a pro? Rudolph was not hired with the expectation that he be perfect in his first few years. None of us on his hiring Board had that expectation. When Clark was hired by an experienced California superintendent (our interim) it was not expected that he would always be perfect (even with his pervious CBO experience).

IMO they are doing well, not perfect. I disagree with them both immensely on the use of LCFF grant funding meant "primarily proportional" for Target students, but they can usually run a tight ship.


14 people like this
Posted by Elaine
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 17, 2018 at 11:01 am

Unbelievable! A mere 9.6 million dollar mistake.

I wonder if, with all the blunders, if the Superintendent continues to keep getting raises each year.


8 people like this
Posted by Can't even count?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:26 pm

Can't even count? is a registered user.

The next time they count, the district may be $9 million short. $9 million here and $9 million there and pretty soon you are talking about REAL MONEY.


13 people like this
Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 18, 2018 at 1:24 am

Mistakes were made on their math homework, but now the District officials have recalculated everything correctly, of course! We can trust them this time. A+


9 people like this
Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

Mistakes were made on their math homework, but now District officials have fixed all of their calculations perfectly. We can trust them this time. A+!


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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm

William Hitchens is a registered user.

I had a friend, a lawyer, who volunteered to do pro bono legal work for both the grade school and the high school boards of a local city. He once told me that he felt that every public school board needs to have high quality legal and accounting support from experienced professionals.


5 people like this
Posted by Observer
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jun 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm

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I will happily lend my abacus to the school board.


3 people like this
Posted by True
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

The district cannot be trusted as a responsible steward of the funding they are currently granted.

Don't ask me for more (taxes) until you solve that.


2 people like this
Posted by Cleave Frink
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 25, 2018 at 12:04 am

Cleave Frink is a registered user.

As I understand it, these were calculations based on anticipated construction costs that turned out to be more favorable than expected. They overcompensated in a conservative manner, seemingly to avoid overspending. Then they realized the miscalculations, went public, first in a letter to all parents, then publicly in the papers. Then they figured out that we now have a surplus...and for that, people are claiming everyone should be fired. I have never seen so much ridiculousness in my life than in the comments of the folks above. Our school district is doing just fine. We’ve got extra cash in the bank, we’ve given our teachers raises, we’re rebuilding our schools. Some people just can’t be happy.


4 people like this
Posted by @cleave
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2018 at 4:21 am

Can you elaborate how what the MV Voice describes as "These errors, described as "miscalculations" related to programs and curriculum spending in the 2018-19 budget" as construction related?


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Posted by Can't even count?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 25, 2018 at 4:46 am

I just looked again at the article. The superintendent did NOT claim any errors in connection with construction projects which involve a different pot of money.That pot may turn out to be short a few doLlars or tens of millions of dollars. Anything can happen when no one is watching.


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