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School District to Talk Layoffs at Meeting

The agenda for Wednesday's upcoming school board meeting has two items that refer to a "reduction or discontinuance of service" in several areas.

Layoffs of educators and staff within the Monrovia Unified School District's K-12, adult education, regional occupational programs and pre-kindergarten programs could be considered at the Board of Education's meeting on Wednesday.

Two items on the board's agenda request that the board adopt a resolution that would "reduce or discontinue particular kinds of service" in the aforementioned areas at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

About 42 full-time positions in K-12, adult education and regional occupational programs face elimination, along with 13 pre-kindergarten teachers (which the district adds up to 9.4 full-time positions). 

Readers can see the exact breakdowns of positions on the agenda reports attached to this story.

Patch will follow this story, so please check back next week.

Tracy Ramirez February 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Oh, hi everyone....let's complain about where and how we can raise money for our schools. Then, while we're all distracted and acting like children by nit-picking the topic to death, the Board will announce that they're possibly going to have to lay off some more teachers to make up for budgetary deficits. But, go ahead and go back to arguing over the "important stuff". Let the professionals handle finding solutions to this real problem. Where's the 200 comment thread of bickering and concern on the real issues affecting our kids? That's what I thought.....
Tom Adams February 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Tracy, you are so right! Everytime I have tried to get people to try something a little different all I have heard is how dare some people try and change something! I have asked the question several times, are we happy with the status quo and if not something needs to change and I get back don't change. Too sad for words.
Erin Thorn February 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I was actually sitting back waiting to see if anyone was going to comment, thinking the same thing. Not that there is anything comments on the Patch can do about budget cuts but still you'd think someone would have something to say.
Tom Adams February 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Erin, I think comments here can make a difference because they can get people to think differently and different thinking can change things, but only for those who do not have a closed mind.
Jill Ramirez February 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Interesting you say that Tracy, I too like Erin have been sitting back wondering the same thing. I have been very involved (sometimes a little too much) and sometimes hesitate to comment. However, wording in the first paragraph shouldn't read "Could be considered"- as it should read, has been considered. From my understanding those affected already know they are being cut. One position particularity is the counselors at the Middle Schools. I don't know about anyone else but I consider them a key component in the middle schools. When my son was in the 8th grade it was his counselor that helped him navigate the complex choices of MHS. It was the counselor that took my calls and acted as a liaison between me and the schools. But it goes way beyond class choices, the counselor is there for both students that are struggling at home and at school. It is a sad truth that many of our students do not have ideal home lives that often they take it out at school. It is the counselor that both the parents and children can confide in. In an ideal world we want to believe our children will tell us the parents everything, truth is... Many look up to the counselor as a mentor! Take that out of the schools and it could be disastrous. Just my 2 cents.
Erin Thorn February 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Under normal circumstances I would agree Tom. In this case though cuts have been made over and over for years. I would be very pleasantly surprised to see someone come up with a new idea that saves us a bundle and hasn't been previously considered. I think it's interesting that no one is commenting because it either means that we're all out of ideas, no one cares, or no one is aware that the district is about to make further program and position cuts. Most disturbing to me is that so many people had so much to say about cutting librarians hours last year, but no one cared that they cut ALL regular ed grade 1- 5 classroom aides(while raising class sizes) at that same time and now they're about to cut ALL elementary and middle school counselors this year. Where are all those voices that protested for the librarians hours last year?
Carmen Martinez February 21, 2012 at 07:09 AM
The Mayflower PTA is already funding some salaries there. We are still working at raising funds. I do hope all of us will be at the meeting Wednesday, hear what is said and then see how we can all help.
Monrovia Betty February 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I think it's wonderful that the Mayflower PTA is able to fund some positions at that school site. However, for many of the other school sites, I don't think that the funds are there to handle that kind of need. As I understand it, the PTA's have been funding educational field trips, or the cost of transportation to get to that field trip. as for the Board, it really is the worst job in the world. It's almost like they continually have to decide what to take away from our kids this time. It seems like public education is giving less and less to our students, by way of resources and support. The teachers that we have in our district are all wonderful, but it seems like so much extra burden is released onto them at each board meeting. I don't know of a solution to fund everything, but I did hear someone say that pretty soon public education is going to be fee based all around. Just so the kids have what they need to get an education. I really don't want that as a reality, so we need to come up with some other solution and fast!
Jill Ramirez February 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Couldn't agree with you more Betty. Mayflower PTA has done a wonderful job supplementing where they can over the years. Unfortunately this time around we are looking at full time positions, positions that PTA's cannot fund due to benefits or unions (for example). I really hope parents are aware of the meeting and do plan to be there.
Tammy Kievit April 22, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I just found out that MUSD Kindergarten classes for 2012/2013 school year will have 32 students in them w/ a three hour aide. That is a ridiculous class size and will definitely impair the children's ability to learn. This is very appalling. What ever happened to the government funding for smaller class sizes???

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