Comments by Katharine Weber
And don't even get me started about King's Mountain. I've never understood why the district keeps that one alive. The land alone, if sold, would solve our budget problems forever.
I actually agree with many points you both make, even though my job was on the chopping block. I believe in hard budget times, that any of the "extra goodies" that were added in fatter times should go: class size reduction, literacy coaches, and the like. I "got it" that Counseling was a tool to get voters to vote yes on E; there have been counselors at the high school and middle school for decades. Losing us would have been insane. Who do you think does the STAR testing, college scholarships, keeps…
Does anyone know what percent of the voters eligible to vote on the Coastside this represents? Just curious...
"The Teacher Union members have been demanding and receiving pay increases through out The Great Depression II. You would call it a Pay Raise; they call it a COLA, Cost Of Living Allowance, Step and Grade or months with a R in them."
Just to be clear: I have not had a pay increase of any kind in the last four years: no COLA, no step increase....nada. I've been with the district for 20 years.
Thanks for your support, Coastsider!
The pleas were poignant, but a day too late. We all received our lay off notices the next day. The decision had been made during the four previous board meetings. By the time the Board met at Cunha, it was already decided.....but the support was certainly appreciated.
Well, we all got notified that we are going to be officially laid off and the letter comes Friday. That's all five Counselors in the district, including Ilene Bragman, who has served Cabrillo Unified since 1974.
I think part of it is that there is a feeling that this community doesn't really realize how serious the impact of all of these cuts will be. I suspect the parcel tax will fail, everything outside the classroom will disappear (electives, athletics, libraries, counselors, custodians, second language support, etc.) and when people realize how grim it looks, perhaps then a parcel tax will pass. Meanwhile, I am fully expecting to get a "pink slip", along with the other four Counselors in the district.…
I haven't heard a word about this anywhere else, nor have I heard any advisories. I'm at less than 50 feet above sea level where I live......
When that mall was being constructed, I had doubts even then that the Coastside could support such a place. Then, when it opened and the economy tanked simultaneously, I thought,"Uh oh." And there it sits....empty.....
The new lettering says:
Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School
(or whatever the middle initial is.....)
The budget is going to be disheartening. They are telling us everything outside the classroom will go: libraries, counselors, ELD classes, electives, class size reduction.....just think anything outside the classroom.
I understand that the glass rotunda shown in the photo (the way D hall was originally going to look) had to be changed when $1 million of the bond measure was lost when Lehman Brothers went under. That was where the Administration, Psychologist, Counselors, etc. were going to be housed. Now everyone is staying where they are. Notice the new lettering above the Main Office building that went up yesterday? Regarding the parcel tax, is it true we are one of the only districts in the County of San Mateo…
I totally agree. I love these guys. And now with the new baby, the crew has increased by one really sweet one! This is a great family business.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with our Community Breakfast at the Coastside Lutheran Church, you can either just appear as a pair of willing extra hands on Thursday mornings between 7:00 am and 9:00 am. We are at 900 N. Cabrillo Highway, west side of Highway 1 between HMB and Casa del Mar. Or, you can contact our coordinator, Joan McBride at 726-9266. We could use donations of paper plates, utensils, cups, as well as coffee, juice, and food items. Joan can direct you with that. And…
Monday, April 6?
Yes! This is all a volunteer effort by my congregation. Donations would be most welcome.
Thanks for your kind thoughts.
I saw all that grass going in today and I thought, "What are they thinking? The gopher issue alone is huge, much less the water! And kids just trample that area. There must have been a better alternative than grass!!" But, heck, no one asks me.
So it turns out our Superintendent is not going to use any of the stimulus money to help keep employees in place. Here's his quote from today's HMB Review: "CUSD Superintendent Rob Gaskill has indicated that the money should not be used for ongoing expenses, such as restoring district employees. Noting that he has received scant details on the expected stimulus money, Gaskill said that rehiring school employees would create ongoing expenses that the district would have trouble meeting in future years.…
It really harsh after 19 years in the District to be given a notice of termination.
And we got 3 phone calls yesterday at Cunha Intermediate School about all the noise our kids were making at lunch. These are usually calls from people who live at Amesport Landing. I continue to be puzzled why people move next to things like airports and schools and then complain about the noise they make. I love quiet, but if you want it, then move to an area where there are no other people. People, schools, airports, highways make noise. It's a pretty established fact.
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