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Budget Back on CUSD Agenda Next Week

The $331 million budget is already approved, but because one trustee didn't get to discuss it the first time around, the topic returns for questions and debate.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated at 9:30 a.m. July 20 to correct a typo. Newly hired Deputy Superitendent Clark Hampton's pay cut will be about $15,000.

’s ever-shrinking budget is back on the agenda Wednesday so that trustees can discuss it more detail.

In a related item, the Board of Trustees will finalize an agreement with its last employee group, district management, to achieve the $51 million in cuts needed to balance the budget this year.

The trustees passed on June 27 , which includes increases in class sizes across all grades, five fewer school days, continuation of a 1.2 percent teacher salary cut and six months of salary freezes.

If doesn’t pass in November, the district would then cut the school year by another 10 days and impose a 1.5 percent additional salary cut on teachers.

Despite the budget’s size and complexity, the trustees spent relatively little time discussing the budget. For example, they did not discuss the contract with the teachers’ union, Capistrano Unified Education Association, at all, while the actual budget discussion clocked in at 9½ minutes.

In both instances, when Trustee Ellen Addonizio tried to speak. You can hear the controversy .

A  that when a member of a panel wants to end debate by making a “call for the previous question,” such a motion is only successful with a two-thirds vote, which trustees did not achieve.

, Addonizio asked that the budget be brought back, even though the underlying 4-3 vote for approval (with Trustees Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Sue Palazzo against) is valid.

Wednesday’s item is for discussion purposes only.

What is up for a vote is the final contract agreement that sets the compensation for management in the 2012-13 year. Like , it calls for a combination of unpaid furlough days and a salary rollback (1.2 percent). Along with eliminating some management positions, the agreement with managers will save the district $3.3 million and is already included in the cutbacks achieved in the budget passed June 27, according to a staff report.

Two managers will have their contract separately considered. Superintendent Joseph Farley’s salary will roll back by $22,110. That brings his base salary to $252,890.

The district hired  in April at a salary of $191,000. With board approval, his salary will be cut back by a litltle more than $15,000.

The Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the district’s headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Capo Parent July 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
CP2 can't resist defending the indefensible. How can he or she explain how one debates a budget that has already been voted on and adopted? Simple, state that the board was going to vote the way it did no matter what information or facts were provided during public debate. Of course, this begs the question, did the a majority of the board already agree on how to vote before the vote took place? Nah, that could never happen in CUSD where the Brown Act is considered sacred, and its spirit and intent followed at all cost.
Capo Parent July 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Where were you and your "public announcement" before the budget was voted on? That's right, nowhere to be seen or heard. Save the CYA, the cat is out of the bag.
Capo Parent July 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
An apt term for the board majority is a Confederacy of Dunces.
Capo Parent Too July 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Please, it was in Capo talk, it was on the website prior to the vote. Farley had forums on the district at different school sites. There were plenty of opportunities to discuss budget issues. You just want to paint this as if there was no chance for public input, even though there were also multiple stories in the Patch. It won't matter what this board does, you want them out, period.
Capo Parent Too July 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Where did I say that they knew they had the votes? Now you sound like Mr. Reardon, looking for another opportunity to sue the District. Maybe the reason Ellen didn't have a chance to talk is because the board is tired of the District being sued my Mr. Reardon and being helped by people on the board to do so.

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