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Layoffs, Furlough Days Loom For Murrieta Valley Unified

The school board of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will vote this week on whether to eliminate 66 full-time elementary teaching positions and implement furlough days.

As many as 66 elementary school teaching positions in Murrieta could be affected by layoffs once a vote is taken Thursday.

In addition to the layoff notices, the school board of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will vote on furlough days for all classified and certificated management and supervisory positions, according to the meeting agenda. It will also vote on reducing school board member compensation.

Up to five furlough days in the current school year and 10 days in 2012-2013 would amount to a maximum 9.66-percent reduction in pay for management and other supervisory classified and certificated positions. The same pay cut would apply to board members. Paychecks would be affected beginning the end of March.

While the layoffs would affect elementary teachers, resulting increases to class sizes would be spread throughout all grade levels in 2012-2013, according to the agenda report.

If mandated, the furlough days would save the district $6.4 million. Those who would be dealt the cut include principals, assistant principals, non-teaching certificated positions such as counselors, athletic directors, nurses, pyschologists, speech pathologists, supervisors, coordinators and senior management.

Officials in a previous meeting, citing a $19 to $20-million budget shortfall next school year. The district has a March 15 deadline to submit potential layoffs to the Riverside County Office of Education.

In spring 2011, , 77 of those at the elementary level. But between the district and the Murrieta Teachers Association warded those off, and furlough days were taken instead. The furlough days and ultimately the pay were later

The school board meeting is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the District Support Center, 41870 McAlby Court, Murrieta.

Lisa March 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I find your comments regarding Pakistan and Jews to be completely offensive and off the subject. I do agree that our kids are suffering for the shortfalls of our government but bigotry and racism have no place in this column
john March 05, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I pay 1.9% special assessments on my property tax for schools to be good. Where is that $ going!?!?!?
Trainbaron March 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Cut at the top indiscriminately and that will keep all the teachers? And you, of course, who make the idle suggestion, will do the complex work of keeping the buses current with state requirements, order all the supplies for each school, make certain that locks get changed, lawns get mowed, state architectural rules are followed, oversee security camera activity, monitor the programs for the autistic, physically and mentally challenged kidsin order to follow state law, balance the books of a $156 million-dollar entity, send out the checks to all staff, pay the bills, fix the phones, and the myriad other state and Federal laws and mandates that must be obeyed? Do you know, for instance that 88% of the entire budget is devoted to salaries and benefits, which are negotiated by union contract, and are you prepared to sit down with the union every year to negotiate?What a broad brush you use to paint every school district in the state with your charge of top-heavy administration. Perhaps you need to investigate Murrieta Valley School District's continuing plan, instituted by some of the very administrators that you deem unnecessary, that trims the administration, along with all other costs, and learn what has been done over the past 3 years before you choose the size of your brush?
Fauntleroy Murphy March 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'm not sure anyone stated to cut from the top indiscriminately. It's like with any business, the decision makers will always justify cutting from the bottom first. I'm not sure the person making the comment was stating the people at the top were mowing lawns, monitoring security cameras, etc. Most folks would consider them at the bottom. I will definately support you if you are suggesting a reorginization based on an upside down pyramid!
Galactic Cannibal March 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Dude, Our school systems are at first glorified bureaucracies. And you know, that for any bureaucracy to exist, you must build tons of pork at all levels especially at the top.Then create endless rules to be administered, 85% of those rules are worthless.. Cut out those overkill worthless rules and quit wasting money. But you cannot do that . Why because the school bureaucratic systems will not allow that All our historical records show, that the education of our children in the U.S. is the first to get funding cuts (ripped off.). Could that be a reason, why on a world scale the U.S. has a poor to average ratings for education compared with other countries. See the international PISA ratings below.
Galactic Cannibal March 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
International PISA rating: Mathematics Literacy Performance of 15-year-olds The U.S. average score in mathematics literacy (487) was lower than the OECD average score (496) in 2009, as it was in 2003 and 2006. In 2009, among the 33 other OECD countries, 17 countries had higher average scores than the United States, 5 had lower average scores, and 11 had average scores not measurably different from the U.S. average. The OECD countries with average scores higher than the U.S. average were: Korea, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Slovenia, Norway, France, and the Slovak Republic. The OECD countries with lower average scores than the United States were Greece, Israel, Turkey, Chile, and Mexico. Among the other 64 OECD countries and education systems, 23 had higher average scores than the United States, 29 had lower average scores, and 12 had average scores not measurably different from the U.S. average score.
Ed P. March 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
How did this become a conservative issue or problem? Some people will use any forum to spew their political bile.
Ed P. March 06, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Hey Spencer... Grow the hell up. Every issue is not about politics except in your obvious pea brain. You got your GED now use it to carry on an intelligent conversation.
Galactic Cannibal March 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Clearly in all of the planets nations, mass tide of human mediocrity, an estimate 0.0001% of them live in Murrieta. But outside their macro garden mentality patch , they know nothing about the rest of the planet, where 94% of the Earths people live.. The FACTS are that, aside from all our arrogant BS about our claim to be the greatest country on the Earth.. PISA international records show we are about No 8 on the educational list world wide. But when it comes to Guns and Bullets we are No 1. How pathetic is that.
Misty March 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I'm only recently living here, but was shocked there were no book, activity, and other registration fees when enrolling my 3rd grader. This could help cover some costs, allowing teachers to keep jobs. Just a thought.
Galactic Cannibal March 06, 2012 at 05:01 AM
You got is right Misty. Our country is all about money,, not education.
Murrieta Mom March 06, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Just a thought...I do agree that there is waste in all government that could be cut. This is a huge issue. Since I have not personally reviewed the budget as far as income and expense, I have to think that a lot of our budget shortfall is due to reduced earned income thru property taxes, since there are empty houses on just about every street. But I do have to point out that at Shivela middle school, there is a lot of new desks and work stations being installed for front end staff. (Not that they don't deserve it, but really, if we are so broke that teachers are going to be laid off, why are we spending money on new furniture???)
Tonto March 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Cali-Bell-fornia wants all your money. Gotta fund those pensions and bennies :(

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