Monrovia Unified to Restore 5 School Days, End Salary Reductions

The Monrovia Unified School District will restore five school days to the district's calendar and do away with employee salary reductions after the passage of Proposition 30.

The Monrovia Unified School District has restored five school days to its calendar and ended employee salary reductions, the district announced Monday.

The MUSD school board authorized the moves last week thanks to new revenue secured by the passage of Proposition 30, a ballot measure that increased taxes to fund local schools, the district said in a news release.

"Due to ongoing state budget cuts and declines in revenue, the school district had been forced to reduce student and staff development days over the last three years, as well as institute an across-the-board  three percent salary reduction for school employees," the release states. "However, as a result of proactive and smart fiscal management by the school district and the passage of Proposition 30 in (November), the school board was able to restore all cuts to days and end the salary reduction."

Superintendent Linda Wagner thanked voters for supporting Prop 30 in a written statement.

"Our students and our schools owe a big thank you to the voters for supporting Proposition 30,” Wagner wrote. “Despite budget cuts from the state, we pulled together and found solutions that ensured our students continued to receive the level of education they deserve."

The new school days will be added to next year's academic calendar. Employees' salaries will be restored at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.

Robert Parry December 18, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Danielle: That takes a back seat to pay increases. This is all about the children. Please make a note of it.
Namaste December 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Try living on our "living wage" Robert. That salary reduction we took was a big hit and now along with the fact that we are paid on an eleven month schedule, it has been very tough for most of us trying to teach your kids.
mark h. December 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Dear Robert: I am in charge of the armed forces including your reserve unit. I decree, effective right now, that you will take a 15 per cent pay cut. I also decree that when you go out and play soldier on your reserve activation, you will do it for free. Don't like it? Tough. Teachers didn't like it but they continued to teach our children. Teachers took a huge hit. They often don't have another source of income, it's all they have. Their house payment didn't go down, their bills didn't go down, but their income sure did. And they came to work spending hundreds of their own dollars to pay for school supplies, spending uncompensated time tutoring students, grading papers, creating lesson plans. The pay cut was never designed to be permanent. What should teachers be paid? 8 bucks an hour? 10? How about they teach for free? If you think teachers are getting rich - think again. Let's pay them a decent salary, provide them with proper tools and clean classrooms, enough counselors, and supportive administrators. You want to save taxpayer money? Let's cut the bloated military budget. Let's educate instead of incarcerating. Sheriff Baca has 7,000 inmates taking classes while they are in custody - maybe, just maybe, some of those won't reoffend. Don't hate on teachers Bob.
Robert Parry December 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I didn't "hate on teachers," Mark (by the way, outstanding grammar from a professional educator). The voters were told that Prop 30 was "for the kids." Restoring the 5 furlough days obviously strengthens education and teachers' wallets. But, if Prop 30 was all about kids, then please explain to me why counselors and laid-off teachers weren't the first restored. Raising teacher salaries only eats up money available to restore staff. Or are you gonna march in the streets for another "for the kids" tax increase to pay for that? Teacher salaries should be restored, but only after the cuts to services that the taxpayers get in return are restored first. By the way, I'm with you on cutting the defense budget: the waste and abuse is horrendous. Congratulations, by the way. It's rare that someone can have their taxes raised and come out ahead. Wish I had the same luxury. Oh, one other thing. Anytime you want to "play Soldier," drop me a line. I know some guys who are going to "play" in Afghanistan. You're welcome to join them, free or otherwise.
Chris Ziegler December 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Compensation is such a mess! In the private sector we often get higher wages but our retirement is usually in the form of a 401k plan, which as we recently witnessed, if the market is down when it's your turn to retire, you don't retire (and we can be fired at will). Plus, we are limited on how much we may contribute pre-tax, which is huge. Then on the opposite side of the spectrum, are public defined benefit programs such as CALPERS and CALSTRS and numerous others, that guarantee somewhere in the ballpark of 90% of compensation, while 90% of 60 grand isn't outrageous at all but when you look at all the folks at $120,000+ and more for the rest of their and their partner's life and combine that with the context that we just aren't expected to enjoy the same level of prosperity so bailouts from the general fund are virtually guaranteed, that makes for a serious problems - solvency and social-division. Perhaps, a possible solution is to have a hybrid or tiered system - defined benefit up to a reasonable level (index to the private sector compensation?) and then a market indexed plan for the high-compensation public servants. A possible benefit of a market indexed plan; will likely result in high level managers adopting a deeper level of concern of macro issues, as it is right now, most managers are more than content with simply moving a problem to another jurisdiction as opposed to solving a core issue, which is the most cost effective practice for the taxpayer.


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