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Seven certificated teachers cut from FUHSD

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Issue 20, Volume 14.
Andrea Verdin
Staff Writer
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The decision to not rehire seven certificated employees in the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) and the reduction of hours for a designated classified position was the most recent result of the high school district’s need to cut back spending for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Since the board of trustees had approved a budget reduction of $1,822,675 on March 2, at their May 10 meeting they implemented those reductions by deciding not to rehire the seven certificated employees.

The district’s staff carried out the board’s decision by using a selection process that involved a review of the employees’ credentials and seniority, "bumping," "skipping" and breaking ties between or among employees with the same first dates of paid service. The selection process was in accordance with the requirements of the Education Code, according to the FUHSD agenda.

FUHSD superintendent Dale Mitchell once again cited the district’s declining enrollment and the lack of California funding for the need to tighten the school district’s budget, and believes this decision will allow for the district to make the necessary staffing adjustments in order to maintain a balanced program and have a fiscally sound budget.

"This is not an enjoyable task, but it is the unfortunate reality," said Mitchell. "In the past two to three years, the State of California has reduced its funding by 15 percent [for education]. Those are real dollars that support real programs for students."

The decision to not re-sign the certificated employees in question will save the district $279,938 and will allow for the restoration to the school’s metal shop and geographic inquiry and geographic information system (GIS) technologies.

The certified employees were informed prior to March 15 that the board of trustees did not intend to reemploy them, as required by the teachers’ union.

Upon reception of this information, two certified employees of the district submitted a "timely request" for a hearing to determine if there was cause for not re-employing them for the ensuing school year.

It was found that all jurisdictional requirements were satisfied, and the board of trustees agreed to adopt the administrative law judge’s decision.

In addition to the layoffs, the district is also reducing a secretarial position at Oasis high school by ten hours a week, which will save the district $9,458.

According to Mitchell, the school district will look at rehiring staff if it receives additional funding from the state.

"One of our most valuable assets is our employees," said Mitchell. "No employee is unimportant to our district. However, it is our responsibility to provide the highest quality education we can with the resources we have."



Comment Profile ImageBert
Comment #1 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:25 am
I drive by the high school each morning, lights on everywhere including classrooms and the gates are locked, with no one on the campus. These administrators know nothing about conservation; they think all they need do is raise taxes to cover all their wasteful practices. They would never survive in a private school atmosphere.
Comment Profile ImageSeriously
Comment #2 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:10 am
Apparently the highest quality education they can provide with the resources they have also includes an expensive fence around the school, the paycheck of a person/persons to sit at the gate and "verify" the students and parents coming onto campus, and the lovely new landscaping around the parking lots. Not to the issues poster 1 brought up.

There are plenty of places I could see to cut expenditures that don't directly impact students. Unfortunately, those cuts would impact the bureaucrats that have been destroying the public education system for at least the last 20 years, so we'll never see it happen.

It's not for the kids anymore, it's for the money.
Comment Profile ImageTake it easy
Comment #3 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Seriously....the lovely new landscaping and beautification project was a "volunteer" and student project. It was not school funded, but funded by students, employees of the school also volunteered their time.
Comment Profile Imagex-valleydude
Comment #4 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm
It is sad they they have to layoff teachers, especially "GOOD" teachers. Saying that, I think all teachers and staff should tear up their union contracts and re-negotiate for less pay (10%), pay more into their benefits (ie medical, dental and vision) and eliminate their pensions. After all, in a "UNION", it is all for one and one for all. Help out your fellow union members. But I guess this only applies to pay raises and not layoffs. Is the Teacher's Union going to help out these teachers that have been laid off? Heck NO!
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #5 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm
I don't feel sorry for the teachers, had to be done. School Districts, Unions and Teachers had a chance to solve this problem back in 1994, they decided not to, now they only have themselves to blame. I hear there are teaching jobs in Arizona as long as you can speak fluent and correct English.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #6 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Seriously: If you had a child at that school, you would feel a sense of relief that they are protected by that fence. The times have changed and their are too many people who invade campuses for all the wrong reasons. This is fine with me and absolutely a necessity.

Does anyone know what teachers are being laid off? I sure wish we had the opportunity to give input on that and we could base our choices on merit. That would change everything and perhaps then the school would get a halfway decent math department.
Comment Profile ImageSeriously
Comment #7 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm
4 - I wasn't aware of that, thank you for pointing it out.

6 - I do have a child at that school (my youngest, and my oldest attended and finished before the fence was built). The fence was absolutely not a necessity - almost anything would have been a far better use of funds. The only people I ever saw "invading" the school was parents and children coming back to school from appointments.
Comment Profile Imageusmcret
Comment #8 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm
#6 Fallbrookian, we had a chance to force the issue on merit for teachers, too many backed the teacher's union and did not approve the measure. Teacher's jobs are not based on a meritoracy, you have no say, unless you are a union big wig. Sorry. Oh, if we adapt AZ rules, we would need fewer teachers, and the students would perform to a higher standred.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Resident
Comment #9 | Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm
The fence around the perimeter of the school and parking lots helped the neighborhoods around the keeps the night time, weekend and summer partiers from setting up there and then burning out drunkenly afterwards, hour after hour.
Comment Profile ImageAvo Grower
Comment #10 | Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 8:19 am
Usmcret makes a great point about needing fewer teachers if we adopted AZ rules. Our daughter was forced out of Flbrk H.S. because of the riff raff and the dumbing down it created
Comment Profile ImageHope
Comment #11 | Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm
I hope they fired their incredibly incompetent art teacher. Ive seen her berate students, prodding them 'Did *you* go to college?? no *I* did'.. She is very unprofessional.
Comment Profile ImageReche Res
Comment #12 | Monday, May 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Protection Fence? To me I still question the purpose of the fence especially saying it applies safety to the neighborhoods. I went to that high school and never once did I hear about having a party in school grounds and at night. I sincerely doubt the school would invest that much money to help the surrounding neighborhood instead of the actual students that they are dependent on for the amount of money they are funded on. Has that school really gotten that out of control that a fence is needed to show dominance. If a fire or other hazard were to arise a janitor or security guard on a golf cart would not be able to fight through a crowd of students to unlock those fences. My kid gets out of lunch every day and many times they don’t unlock the fences to let students out until half-way through lunch. He has a job immediately afterschool and he has been late many times from it. I still question why so much school money was invested in a fence.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Resident
Comment #13 | Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm
Whether you heard about it or not, in recent years before the fence went up, after dark it was party central. It also sounds like it has been awhile since you attended, if you have a student there now.

I don't think it was done with any eye to benefits to neighbors, only security during school hours and to prevent vandalism during off hours.

Aren't most school grounds fenced now anyway, along with drug sniffing dogs from time to time, and other security measures?

In any event, FHS is bankrupt along with every other public school in California.
Comment Profile ImageI Wonder
Comment #14 | Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:15 am
I wonder what percentage of the student body consists of illegal aliens? That's the first thing that needs to go! And illegal immigration is just so beneficial to America and her citizens...NOT!!
Comment Profile ImagePessimistic
Comment #15 | Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm
Dang it, I missed participating in this article! It will be gone bye bye after this week's edition gets posted and minimal folks review prior editions. What a bunch of great comments, all the way around.

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