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Enough is Enough

Original post made by Steve Wilcox, Danville, on May 28, 2020

As a proud parent of 3 children in or through the San Ramon Valley school district, I have always felt blessed with how great this district is versus so many others. From its leadership, to its teachers, to the involvement of parents, to the blessing that we have resources that many others aren't as fortunate to enjoy. But this recent increase to admin pay has me a little amazed at the poor decision making, and truly the goals and focus our leaders have for our children.
At a time where all Americans(and world citizens) are taking significant pay cuts, seeing their retirement account balances reduced, fearing for their future, our district decides its time to increase pay to themselves. To add insult to injury, they are also talking about all the cuts they are going to have to make in the coming school year. Cuts by the way, I have heard about since I was a kid 40+ years ago. We should never reduce the money we spend in our schools, until all administrative options are looked at first. The school is where the learning happens, not in the admin offices. Has always seemed strange to me that people doing the exact same job in districts exist so close in geography, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Lamorinda, Walnut Creek all with their own districts. Lets close some of the offices, and preserve all education funding to the schools, teachers, and our students. And lets stop accepting the self serving pension spiking practices of leaders who say they care about our children. Very self serving actions taken this week! Oh, by the way, I received my annual plea for money for my students in the schools, that feels really good as the state and district pay less and less for my kids education, and I am asked to pay more. Oh, by the way, we live in the highest State Income tax state, which of course means our taxes should cover some education you would think. I have said enough, my kids are almost grown, and their lives will not be overly affected by poor self serving decisions of our education leaders, but I sure feel for our future, if we continue to ignore the main purpose of education, the students!

Comments

22 people like this
Posted by DD
a resident of Danville
on May 28, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Amen, agree 100%!


16 people like this
Posted by SRVUSD parent
a resident of Danville
on May 30, 2020 at 7:04 am

I agree 100% and would love to hear from some or all of the greedy admins - especially Schmitt - about how they justify this. Oh, and the board members who approved it. This will be remembered in November!