CUSD “pink slip” list released

Posted by on Tue, March 31, 2009

Cabrillo Unified School District employees have received a list of the names and positions of district employees who have been given "pink slips" by the district. The final layoff list will not be announced until after the district receives more education budget information from the state, but those on the list are left waiting for a reprieve.

The board decided that positions in agricultural science, special education, and English language learners (BCLAD) would not be cut, regardless of seniority.

Sergey Arzumanov
Shari Baldock
Amy Lopez
Gary Mason
Logan Medina
David Papp
Kathy Rippberger
Amanda Robertson
Jill Skinner
Maile Springer
Heidi Stadler-Mills
Stephen Tracy
Katharine Weber

Positions FTE’s
Director of Categorical Programs 1.0
Principal of Adult Ed and King Mt. Counselor 2.5
Elementary 5.0
English (9-12) 1.0
Librarian (9-12) 1.0
Math (9-12) 1.0
Science (6-12) 2.0
Spanish (9-12) 1.0


Do you know when the district will receive more education budget information? It’s a shame to see this list of people.


It really harsh after 19 years in the District to be given a notice of termination.

Why would you post this? Are the names of the people impacted something that Coastsider readers need to know?

Why we published the list:

* Everybody who has a student in the school system has an interest in this list. I can tell you that in our household, with three kids in the district, we were very interested in knowing who was on the list.

* This personalizes the cuts in the district in a way that its very difficult to understand simply from the abstract numbers.

* Because of the way that the cuts were managed, getting laid off says little or nothing about quality of the work by the individuals involved.

* This is public information.

* The voters of the district are responsible for how the district is managed—and who gets cut.

* The taxpayers of California should be ashamed of themselves for the way our schools are funded.  OK, that’s a more general point, but we should all be aware of what’s happening in the schools.

There are a number of things that must be resolved, including state funding and local negotiations.  They’re scheduled to be resolved May and June.

However, as the cuts get more painful at the state and local level these things tend to drag past what were supposed to be iron-clad deadlines.

The governor will propose a revised budget in May (the “May revise”), and the legislature is supposed to pass a budget by June 30. In recent history, the June 30 date has slipped by weeks or months, due to the way the budget process tends to provoke deadlock.

Regardless, the district must approve a budget by the end of June, and they do that based on their best (typically conservative) guess as to how the state budget will work out. While this budget is nominally approved by the board, it’s a product of the paid staff.

The district’s union contracts require quite a bit of notice before termination of this kind. Unfortunately, this leads to the rather perverse effect that the district has to send out notices based on their worst-case estimate of a state budget that’s in all likelihood six months in the future, and then revoke some/most/all of the terminations in time for the next school year. Needless to say, there must be a better way.

Oh, and even after the state budget passes (late), it’s not final, since it might get rejiggered due to “revenue shortfalls”.

Barry is right; if you know someone on this list it certainly drives home the ruthless and mindless nature of these cuts. WIthout Katherine Weber I don’t think one of my sons (who had trouble adjusting to middle school initially) would still be at Cunha; she takes real interest in the students and is terrifically warm and involved. She feels like the heart of that school to me and I am sure to many others. I know many parents and students who would feel bereft without her presence there.

I certainly hope these pink slips are based on a “worst case scenario” that doesn’t come close to coming true.

How can there possibly be more cuts in the school budget when teachers can’t get basic supplies?

No surprise that some people with children choose private schools or even move to other school districts.

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. Current numbers available to the California Department of Education estimate that CUSD would receive about $800,000 in the coming months.”

Cunha could have saved money and water by going with artificial turf instead of the gopher wire and vandal prone sprinkler system. IMHO
Terry Baldwin

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.