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Trustees OK slight increase in class sizes

Original post made on Aug 14, 2009

Some classrooms may see an extra student or two this year following action by the Board of Education as school administrators in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District prepare for the start of another school year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:27 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Thank you trustees for doing the bloody obvious. And the vast majority of taxpayers didn't vote for measure c, let alone to maintain class sizes at the ludicrous and arbitrary 20:1 ratio. Most parents will not feel betrayed by raising class sizes by such a ridiculously small amount. Teachers unions, on the other hand, most certainly will

Posted by Alex
a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I support this decision. Circumstances have changed, and we have to change too.

Posted by John
a resident of Diablo
on Aug 15, 2009 at 7:10 pm

This was obviously the right decision by the Board. The reasons Mr. Marvel gives for not supporting it really are suspect. It seems he is more interested in grinding down the employees, than making a decision that any person with common sense would support.

Posted by Not a parent
a resident of Danville
on Aug 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

I have no kids in this district but still voted yes on Measure C hoping that the school board would act responsibly. And you did! Thank you!

Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Aug 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Good to see so many people in agreement! I thought the decisions made were the most fiscally responsible that were possible and will still allow kids the opportunity to learn without severe overcrowding.

Posted by Kasper
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

Kasper, I have no idea what you were trying to get across in your drunken rambling. Were you purposely trying to misspell everything, or were you just intoxicated? And is your name really Kasper, or is that just a cute and clever bloggername? If the latter be true, it might be more fitting to go by Buckwheat.

Posted by Peeved Parent
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Let me first start by saying that two more kids in a classroom isn't the end of the world. It isn't likely to change the learning landscape drastically. Now on to my point.

The SRVUSD has a credibility problem. I believe that is what Mr. Marvel was speaking to. Those spearheading the Measure C campaign used preserving class-size reduction as a main focal point to sway voters to vote Yes of Measure C. Was it the only point, no -- but it was a big one.

Then, after the Measure passes we hear that the 20:1 ratio can only be preserved for the coming school year and that all bets are off for the 2010-11 school year. Now we hear that they will not even preserve it for this school year.

I understand that things change.... that is life. However, when you put your word behind something and fail to deliver, then it becomes a credibility problem. Don't make campaign promises, or use scare tactics in an effort to get "yes" votes and then fail to follow through.

SRVUSD...wake up and smell the coffee.... you are going to have a very hard time passing another parcel tax.

Posted by Kasper
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Kasper, I understand your exasperation with Rick, but you should just sit back and enjoy the show. Rick is like Danville's version Sarah Palin: he makes little sense, lacks any intelligence or evidence of formal education, uses cutesy postings to offset the lack of substance, and tries to stir emotion through ranting and false rage. I doubt he's half as good looking and is probably twice her age, but maybe he can see Alaska from his front yard?!

Posted by Greg
a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I am the school board member who voted no on the proposal to increase class size. I did it primarily because I felt that the citizens and parents needed an opportunity to hear and comment about the proposed increase. They left for the summer with the promise that the class sizes would stay at 20 to 1. They come back and find that the classes sizes are now increased. I felt strongly that the citizens of this valley needed to voice their opinions prior to the school board taking the action to reverse its earlier decision.

I agree with the comment that changes in circumstances can justify a change in position. The state has cut even more money from our budget (over $6 million) and the issue deserved to be revisited. I felt that one day's notice before taking the action was too short to give the parents and taypayers an adequate opportunity to voice their support or opposition to the change.

To the reader who felt that my opposition was based solely on the desire to "grind the employees down", I suggest he come to one of our board meetings and see us in action. I am one of the employees' biggest supporters. However, the unions that represent those employees have not yet helped us during these difficult financial times. Many public unions in this state have offered up concessions to save jobs, programs for the pubic, and services to kids. That has not happened as yet with the unions that represent SRVUSD employees. We are all faced with difficult decisions in the worst financial crunch to ever hit public schools in this state since the Great Depression. Our cuts to programs will very probably be close to $20,000,000 for last year and this year when all is said and done. Cutting another program that serves kids without the adults standing up and helping to mitigate some of those cuts is incredibly sad.

If Tuesday's Board meeting has citizens praising the District's action to increase class size, then I will gladly admit that I was wrong. As I said at the Board meeting, the Superintendent's recommendation to increase class size to 22 to 1 was very compelling and deserved serious consideration. However, I felt that waiting until Tuesday and giving the public a little more notice was the right thing to do.

Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

Kasper, don't come at me with the venom you just did then b**** about me being hateful. You are the embodiment of my opponents and their attitude, a strange mix of aggressiveness and whining. I never complain about other people getting angry and rude at me. I just throw it right back. Why don't you grow a set or stay away from the heat.

Before I answer your questions, entertain a few of mine first. One: why are you stalking me for so long to remember what I said months ago. You've got some specific beef, and it seems to me to have to do with the Rylan Fuchs case and/or group homes. If you've got beef partner, you be man enough to tell me exactly what it is.

Two: if you're not an American, what the [Portion removed due to offensive language] are you. What country did you come from and where do you live now. If you're such a tough guy, you'll have ne problem divulging this info.


Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

And Aaron, you obviously believe yourself to be witty. I'll say, you're skills for debate seem to be limited to celebrity comparisons. I myself do not like Palin, for she's a puppet of Israel and a hunter of endangered animals. When it comes to the skills it takes to make a point, you and Sarah have far more in common. I, on the other hand, far exceed both of you on this and most indubitably overall IQ. If you'd care to mentally spar and test your wits against me in debate, you'll see you're dealing with a superior opponent. But, you seem content with your baseless quips. I bet you are the type who laughs hardest at their own jokes. So keep making yourself giggle. I'll be here trying to change my town for the better

PS: if you knew anything about me you'd know this rage is certainly not false, especially when it comes to the Fuchs' case and group homes, which has something to do with Kasper's beef. That case is what got my homeboys and I locally active in politics and it is our rallying cry. And more people join our ranks by the day. Conservatives aren't just gonna sit back and take this s*** anymore

Posted by Ulrich
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

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Posted by Leigh
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

Once again, the SRVUSD lets us down. More promises that they don't keep. Perhaps next time they want money the citizens should insist to include a clause that states if SRVUSD doesn't deliver what they promise, the money is no longer available to them.

SRVUSD asks for even more money this year when the kids sign up for their classes. If the school district is having a difficult time with finances, perhaps there should be some pay DECREASES for the upper salaries in the District.

It is very disappointing.

Posted by Matt
a resident of Danville
on Aug 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

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Posted by Geoff Gillette
Danville Weekly reporter
on Aug 21, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good evening folks,
Just a quick note. I removed four posts from this thread this evening as the same person was posting under three different pseudonyms. It is against the Terms of Use to do so, thus the posts were removed.

Geoff Gillette

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