LEUSD Board Approves 73 Job Cuts

The layoffs come as the district grapples with a $15 million deficit in the 2012-13 school-year budget.

In a 5-0 vote Thursday night, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District governing board approved giving pink slips to 73 district employees, most of them school bus drivers and transportation support personnel.

The layoffs come as the district grapples with a $15 million deficit in the 2012-13 school-year budget. The shortfall includes a $2.1 million cut in state funding to the district’s school bus program.

Of the 73 job cuts approved by the board Thursday, approximately two-thirds are school bus drivers and transportation support personnel who will be let go at the end of the current school year.

The remaining non-transportation non-teaching positions could be salvaged if an agreement to take non-paid furlough days is reached by the California School Employees Association, according to district spokesman Mark Dennis. The CSEA is scheduled to meet Friday, Dennis said.

Instead of job cuts, an agreement put in place 12 non-paid furlough days for the teachers.

Thursday’s transportation cuts were expected. for the 2012-13 school year after Governor Jerry Brown proposed to cut funding for the program. The district has stated that if the governor brings back the funding, it would consider restoring school bus service for students but has warned there are no guarantees given its $15 million budget shortfall that extends beyond bussing.

Under state law, districts are required to provide school bus service for special needs students and the LEUSD has confirmed it will meet that mandate.

Thursday’s vote to move forward with layoffs prior to final word out of Sacramento and ahead of a possible agreement with the CSEA was a matter of protocol: Under state law, a district must give its classified employees notice prior to layoffs.

Michelle Vallejos-Moore April 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
So why is the board allowing for huge car allowances for these administrators while others are losing their jobs? Why is the board approving raises for the Administrators why others are taking furlough days? The board needs to take a hard look at themselves and these bad decisions. Very dissapointing!
Diana April 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The State needs to stop handing out the freedbies, medical, food stamps and cash to all that suck the money dry. You want our budget to balance and not have to be cutting these bus programs and such, then the idiots in Sacramento need to cut the Welfare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My God and moron could figure that out all you have to do is live in Lake Elsinore we are surrounded by the people that bleed the welfare system.
Michelle Vallejos-Moore April 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Well said Katheryn! I'd say they need to clean house. Thank god the Board didnt vote to renew any of their contracts!
Michelle Vallejos-Moore April 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Nice thought but many parents commute very far and leave very early. This doesnt work for most especially since many families are down to one car! This could have been avoided but these folks run the district like a bad business. Lining there pockets and running it into the ground!
Richard April 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
In order to pay public employees (teachers) the state needs tax revenues. Since the CA legislature is democratically controlled, anti-business, it forces businesses to seek other friendly states, such as Texas, to operate from. The exit rate (business) this year is up 17% over last year and if you raise taxes it will only increase. Unlike the Federal Government, CA can't print their own money. CA must become business friendly to get businesses back and increase revenues.
Richard April 20, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The Federal Gov has not passed a budget in over 1000 days and spends more than $1.3 trillion than they take in. California is some $28 billion in the red. Do you have an equity loan on your house? Sorry but those days of easy money are over.
Heidi Golgart-Hastings Ward April 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
My son has missed only a handful of days this year, all of which have been excused and I some how got called into the school to sign a contract stating that I would do a better job on getting my kids to school or they would call CPS and get them involved. This is not bad parenting or neglect on my part, I leave for work at 4:45 am and work in Orange County and if my child is ill and needs to stay home then I am going to allow him to stay home. Neither of my kids take the bus and I am really just rambling, but what I see is a lot of parents being in my shoes next year when they cancel the bus services and a large number of children cannot make it to school. I just don't understand how anyone can think that cancelling the bus services is an acceptable option.
GP April 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Jerry Brown wasnt re-elected until 2011. I'm not standing up for any liberals, but get your facts straight, please.
Richard April 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Jerry Brown signed the college dream act which makes grants and funding for illegals. It is estimated it will cost $40-80 million and we can't even keep our teachers and bus drivers on their jobs.
Anon April 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Richard, Have your done your research on the California Dream Act? Do your homework please!!!! The business owners and the working class in California are tired of the leaches who take and take from the system, its time to police the system. I would do it as a volunteer!
Anon April 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Sorry Richard that was meant for GP, whoever the heck that is!
Anon April 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Nothing I hate worse, than a libtard who can vote. They are dangerous and we should have a site online to beware of them. Sort of like Megans law, but Lib watchers!
Tonto April 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
The Peoples Republic of California has a $500 billion - unfunded - no money pension and benefit liabilty promised. Now just who do you think they are goona bleed for the dough? Yea, and its growing bigger by the second. I hate it when the facts are so negative :(
Diana April 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
A society full of "I'm entitled" , people check it our your freebies are coming to a halt very soon because there isn't any money to keep handing you and you're gonna have to figure out how to get er done!!!
Diana April 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I think that you Mom's will figure it out, get together and come up with a plan between a group of you, it can be done you just need to work on it together, I know you can do it for your kids.
David Russell April 21, 2012 at 03:43 AM
America never has a problem funding multiple wars. But we are damned to find some scraps to get kids to school safely.
Nettepants April 21, 2012 at 03:46 AM
It's time to pay the piper, Its so easy to point blame at welfare recipients and the down trodden of our society but fact is the people sucking our schools and state are those filing stupid lawsuits, lying about their income to get free bus passes, it's disgraceful and you people know it and are the stupid ones dragging our state, city and schools down...stop blaming teachers and pensions, WE WORK FOR LESS TO CONTRIBUTE to our retirements so we won't be reliant on social security!!! You people get what you deserve when the busses go away because you have done nothing but bitch, complain and lie ... See ya! Drive your own brat kids!!!
Ace April 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Sacramento has reneged on their obligation to fully fund education. While administrative cost, litigation & a lackadaisical society have created a lost of focus on education, It can be turned around with the right people in place.
Warner Huxtable April 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
That's not a solution. You need management to run the district and if you keep firing them you create new problems. Who will create the budgets? Who will deal with personell issues? These tasks are too big for just one person to do. And schools are understaffed with regards to management. Generally speaking you want to have assistant principals to pick up slack in teacher evals and student disciplinary measures. But most schools only have none or just one AP. Believe it or not most management bosses are not like Michael Scott.
Warner Huxtable April 21, 2012 at 04:26 PM
@ David Pereira Well yeah there was bussing under Schwarzenegger. But he used the kind of bs budget tricks and temporary taxes and all the other crap that conservatives are supposed to be against. Brown, by comparison, is enacting truly conservative policies. You wanted austerity measures, you got them. Don't complain now that you got your wish. What did you think was going to happen? Did you think that the state would keep all of it's services intact? It doesn't work like that.
Warner Huxtable April 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Good idea. After that I'm sure you'll want to move them into their own neighborhoods. Designate them by making them wear a scarlet L. Then move them by train to special camps. And on and on.
Popeye April 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
There are plenty of private sector bus driver jobs. They can also create a business to drive kids to school. They can charge cheaper rates than the government. Win Win...
Warner Huxtable April 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I doubt that. Generally speaking public sector services work at cost or below cost so that revenues can be diverted to pay for other projects or services. Private sector business work for profit, meaning that prices need to be higher for them to pay expenses and then make a profit. Forgetting the fact that there is not much for profit busing in the non-school transportation sector, it's unlikely that we'll see for profit school busing. Heck part of the reason that the district is axing it is because parents who use it can't pay for it. Not to mention the market for transportation is pretty elastic. You can drive your kid, maybe your kid can walk or bike, you can carpool. Many people can substitute other transportation methods for busing.
Ken Mayes April 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Warner your forgetting several very important parts, the private transportation providers more than likely do not have an elaborate under-funded pension plan and they do not drive single purpose vehicles maintained by mechanics that have the same perks as school bus drivers. This allows private transporters to make a profit and still come in cheaper.
Popeye April 22, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I have never heard of a public service job as cheaper especially a driver. If the public sector job didnt pay well they would be running to the private sector. I see no public employee running...Something to think about when you say cheaper...
Joe 15 April 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
My mom is is a single parent with five kids who just lost her job as I go to my district's website I see that there are five Assistant superintendents and a superintendent and at least two dozen directors and their assistants. How is that fair to see that many admins whose salaries equate to at least a few millions or more? It kills me to see my mom applying for food stamps if she can't find another job soon. I guess life is not fair... http://leusd.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/568567/File/District%20Info/2011-12%20Organizational%20Chart%202_rev081011.pdf
Dave McDougal April 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Dear Editor Toni, You have done an incredible job and have done some great stories in LE-Wildomar. In such a short period of time, both towns are talking about the work of Patch. Recently, I read "Joe 15's" comment about the amount of admins in our school district. After doing some research, I found that we have the most Assistant sups. and directors in the neighboring school districts. My request to you is Toni, could you please do a story and publish their salaries for us readers to see why we have so many admins? I would appreciate it and I am sure the other readers will appreciate it as well. Keep up the great work in our area. God bless you always! Regards, Dave McDougal
Michelle Vallejos-Moore April 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Good Idea Dave! Please disclose their car allowances and how raises they get while others are getting pink slips. I think this is something the tax payers should know.
Traci Eagle April 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Toni, Dave and Michelle, Dream on, you will never know how much they all make. You are dealing with people who are pros at hiding wages/benifits and I'm sure they pay a pretty penny to those who do their accounting/books. Good luck to you all, you will know when Hell freezes over.LOL!!!
Uptowntrb May 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM


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