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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.

Shripathi Kamath July 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Awesome! This would be like Star Wars being re-released 'round here. Penny, now that the state is allowing relaxations (necessarily read: reckless abandonment) in the Brown Act procedures for city councils and legislatures, does any of that apply to CUSD, and if so, what are the chances that we'll (not?) see it exercised at this meeting? Can they, for example, allow trustees to speak, but cut out public comments? (Oh please, oh please, be it so!)
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I sent an email to the district asking about how they'll handle the relaxing of Brown Act provisions. I didn't receive a response. This item is not a public hearing, so it will be at the board's discretion whether they want to hear from the public. Do you want to speak? LOL on the Star Wars reference. Maybe we'll find out Alpay is Addonizio's father!
Shripathi Kamath July 19, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Nobody wants to hear me speak, Penny. Besides, other than asking board members to start a process earnestly negotiating with the unions to seriously address escalating pension liabilities, there is not much to be said on my part. I am not even sure that the board can do that, and not much they can do with some 50 million in cuts a year that isn't screwing over the teachers *or* screwing over the teacher unions *enough*. Most of the union thugs have been disgusted off this site, the ones yearning to club them remain angry, and seem to be dwindling too, so it is just a loud scream at this point. But I look forward to the rage wars, they are entertaining. I was only trying to get one started. Looks like the light sabers need new batteries.
Frieda Wales July 19, 2012 at 08:47 PM
By union thugs do you mean teacher supporters? Are they the same? One and all. I support public schools, I support teachers that have pursued education that will allow them to teach our children and succeeded. Do you have to be anti-union to suppor teachers and vice versa? With all the budget cuts people are looking for a villain. Who are the villains? What if there are no villains? What do we honestly need to do to look forward and find workable solutions?
Shripathi Kamath July 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Silence, PCM! By Decree of The Force, either ye be a Union Thug, or ye be a Union Thug Crusher, ye cannot be of any other kind. "Do you have to be anti-union to suppor teachers and vice versa? With all the budget cuts people are looking for a villain. Who are the villains? What if there are no villains? What do we honestly need to do to look forward and find workable solutions?" For someone from the Pacific Coast, you ask too many questions. The villains in the budget cuts are all of us. We elect people to the state and DC legislatures who make decisions for us. When they fail us, we simply look among ourselves. Easy pickings at that point. Just look at Patch. Here is one article: http://bit.ly/LZfLng No comments, no hits, nothing. I'd think that a person who has successfully bilked (according to a civil suit court decision) of money, 41 million of it should raise an eyebrow. How does such a person avoid all criminal charges. Yes, he can still be charged, but imagine that. 41 million is what he has to pay, who knows how much the real damage was. Same with the 11 trillion lost in the MBS financial disaster. Scary that it does not bother people that the same can happen again. And again we will have no choice to bail them out. I guess I am just cynical at how these discussions go, and probably am not helping by spurring fights, but c'mon. Rational discussion requires rational participation. I for one, prefer the peanut gallery :-)
cusd mom July 19, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Don't worry SK. I think many people are "clocked out" for the summer. As soon as school starts and the evidence of the budget cuts surface, they will be out again.
Jim Reardon July 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
This whole thing is for "their benefit" -- meaning the uninformed public. It is an agenda item design to give the Board majority some insulation from an accusation that they failed to even discuss the Budget (already adopted) in front of the public before they adopted it. Since the union contract negotiations are FINISHED, 92% of next the year spending plan is predetermined before the Board meets next week. An argument over the remaining 8% is laughable. The present Board majority has delivered an all-cuts budget. Nothing else.
Capo Parent Too July 20, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I love it when you prove that no matter what this board does it won't matter. They cut off debate, it's wrong. So lets have more debate, does't matter! It's not for anyone's benefit but their own. Good going Mr. Reardon. You continually prove that you really don't care what they do it's merely fodder for you to complain about the people you didn't chose, you don't support and with whom you don't agree.
Jim Reardon July 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
"Debate" after the fact of a decision is something else. I'll leave it to you to decide whether this type of discussion allows meaningful public participation. Call it what you like.
concerned parent July 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM
CPT, Are you still defending Alpay's decision to cut off debate when there hadn't been any--by conveniently attacking Mr. Reardon? I don't understand why this is on the agenda either when the-most-fiscally-irresponsible-student-hurting-budget-ever has already been approved. Perhaps it's an admission that what the majority board did at that meeting was outrageous and undemocratic? Or just CYA after the fact? The point is that it's all too late. There should have been hours of debate before this budget was passed and full disclosure of what its effects are on student programs and teacher layoffs. And there wasn't.
Shripathi Kamath July 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Let's see, cutting off debate last week or month and having a huge uproar can be covered up by having this meeting with debate. Because, you know, the people who caused the uproar will be easily placated by this gesture. Yes, they will. Yes. They. Will.
Capo Parent Too July 21, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Mr. Reardon, they had the votes to pass this, so it was going to pass with or without the debate. So it's either about debate happening or not happening, you prove my point yet again.
Marcus Walton July 21, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Any member of the public who chooses to speak on this or any other item, can do so. Please review the information on addressing the Board, which can be found on each and every agenda, which can be found here: http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1325328563740 Marcus Walton Chief Communications Officer Capistrano Unified School District
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Thank you for that. So please let us know whether anything will change in light of changes to the Brown Act. See http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/san-clemente-wont-join-state-move-allowing-less-transparent-government for more info. Thanks!
Capo mom July 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
They can't have known they had the votes before the vote occurred unless .... Sounds like you are saying they committed yet another Brown Act violation, CP2.
Capo mom July 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Discussion is a process that informs the participants of alternative perspectives and invites consideration of those perspectives in an exploration of solutions. If, going into this process, the majority has made up their mind and nothing will dissuade them, that isn't a discussion - it's simply an exercise. That is obviously what happened last month. The time to "discuss" or debate the budget was in earlier in the year when something could have been done. But this board majority has no solutions of their own. Instead they deliberated on issues like full payment of health care benefits and golden parachutes for CUEA members. With the exception of couple of trustees playing footsie behind the dais, the union's board majority has no other priority. SInce the budget has now been passed, discussion is irrelevant. This item on the agenda is a complete waste of time and frankly a political minefield for those trustees who are facing election in the fall. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt.
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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