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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/15/2017 01:28 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/15/2017 01:28 PM
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Update From Calaveras Unified School District Negotiations

San Andreas, CA...An update regarding negotiations between Calaveras Unified School District and Calaveras Unified Educators Association (CUEA). Posted on the CUSD website at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8dxpNiYFqDlSDF2VDFfeTBRS2s/view is a copy of the official Fact Finding Report, including the formal dissent issued as part of the official report, that was a result of the formal Fact Finding process that Calaveras Unified School District engaged in with the Calaveras Unified Educators Association (CUEA), as part of the contract negotiation process.




As stated by Mr. Ron Bennett, CEO of School Services of California (the pre-eminent organization in the analysis of school finance in the state of California), who served on the Fact Finding Panel and who authored the dissent as part of the Fact Finding Report,

“I must dissent with this report in its entirety. It is not based upon factual evidence and it fails to consider the interests of the public”

“In fact, if the district were to implement these flawed recommendations it would need to dismantle academic programs, lay off staff and perhaps even close neighborhood schools”

“If the district were to accept the Chair’s recommendations, it would, by its own hand, immediately become “Negative” in its financial condition and a ward of the state. The District should, therefore, completely reject all of the recommendations of the Chair”

“…my dissent is based on the principle that this fact finding report contains no findings based upon the facts. It represents a giveaway to adults at the expense of programs for kids. “

Official statements from Superintendent Mark Campbell

“Our objective remains the same--- to continue to seek a resolution to all issues being negotiated and keep the lines of dialogue open as part of this process”

“The fact-based conclusions articulated in the dissent from Mr. Bennett clearly illustrate the reality of our current and projected financial conditions and are what will guide our decision making process”

“I can’t recommend any decisions to increase expenditures that would jeopardize the ongoing efforts to create sustainable fiscal stability for CUSD”

“I can’t justify increasing compensation for staff while looking at making already necessary cuts and reductions to staff and programs”

“It is important to note that the report from the panel chairperson recommends that we provide increases to salaries and benefits for staff, but does not provide the data to illustrate how exactly we can afford to do so”

“It is not in the district’s best interests to make decisions to increase our budget deficit and create the possible reality of CUSD not having an approved budget that could lead to the state intervening and assuming control over our district…that would be highly irresponsible”

“We ask that all CUSD stakeholders read the report from the Chairperson of the Fact Finding Panel, read the dissent from Mr. Bennett (panel member) and draw their conclusions after considering both perspectives”


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0B8dxpNiYFqDlSDF2VDFfeTBRS2s
Posted on: 2017-06-15 15:49:57   By: Anonymous
 
Gloop.

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    Re: Pregnancy Stats today?
    Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:19:11   By: Anonymous
     
    Good point what is the rate of high school pregnancy in 2017 compared to 1980? Is it higher or lower? Is sex ed really working and if not where is the failure point?

    Questions that should be being asked and answers presented. Our foothill region has a past sadly of high school pregnancies dating far back to the 70's.

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      Re: Pregnancy Stats today?
      Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:43:09   By: Anonymous
       
      Though we have one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the western world, it. has steadily declined in the U.S. since the 1950s and has reached historic lows from 2009 on. California is one state that showed some of the largest decreases. All studies indicate it's less about teenagers having less sex than it is better access to contraception and sex education. Research the Guttmacher Institute study and others to see for yourself or ask a health care professional.

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    Re: 0B8dxpNiYFqDlSDF2VDFfeTBRS2s
    Posted on: 2017-06-15 19:22:28   By: Anonymous
     
    F U GLOOP

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More Kid Care
Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:15:34   By: Anonymous
 
They really need to stop thinking on their fat salaries and live with in their means and give more care to the kids. Public schools these days are flooding society with kids who can hardly write their name legibly nor are able to fill out a simple job application properly.

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    Re: More Kid Care
    Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:54:37   By: Anonymous
     
    So, does that mean Mark Campbell and the rest of the Calaveras Unified administrators are going to take a pay cut, too? Because I don't see them offering up their raises. Ever.
    All the teachers are asking for is the cost of living increase they were promised. No teacher in this district is making a lot of money.
    Feel free to check. All teacher salaries are available via Transparent California online.
    You can also see how much Mark Campbell is making.

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      Re: More Kid Care
      Posted on: 2017-06-16 19:12:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Campbell took a 5% pay cut two years ago when the teachers got a 3% raise. He said he did it as a show of good faith to help keep programs
      afloat. He also has been the principal of Railroad Flat School for many years to help keep the school open and save the district money. Compare his salary to other districts of 3,000 students. You could never find another replacement. None of the other principals in the district have received raises either since 2010. All recent raises since then have gone to teachers and support staff. Maybe district money needs to just go back to making classes smaller rather than raises.

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        Re: More Kid Care
        Posted on: 2017-06-16 19:57:27   By: Anonymous
         
        Are you talking about him agreeing to not taking his scheduled raise back in 2012?? That was 5 years ago.
        I think you'll find that was the last time him, or any other CUSD administrator, forfeited their raises.
        Please check Transparent California for salaries. They're all there - in black and white. Teachers, too.
        The teachers are only asking for the cost of living agreed upon in their contracts.
        In response to your comment about class size reduction, CUSD has been taking state funds for class size reduction, but hasn't been implementing it - they're just taking the cash.
        Teachers don't have any control over class size numbers - that's strictly decided by site administrators.
        You might want to ask Mark Campbell where that money has been going, and why it's not being used on reducing class size.

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          Re: More Kid Care
          Posted on: 2017-06-16 22:37:07   By: Anonymous
           
          Administrators haven't been offered any raises at all in many years. Teachers and support staff have had two raises since administrators had one. How is that even fair? The district spends its "class size reduction" money correctly. The county office of education and an independent auditor agree. That has been reported out at board meetings and in the newspapers. Go back and read the dissenting opinion above for non Union story. It's based on facts and not political greed.

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            Re: More Kid Care
            Posted on: 2017-06-16 22:52:30   By: Anonymous
             
            Really?? They why why are all classes still over the smaller size cap required by the state to collect those funds? Numbers don't lie.
            And admin salaries raise every year.
            Teachers have to fight for cost of living increases, and they're still making, on average, $20,000 less per year than educators of equal experience in neighboring districts.
            Ever wonder why CUSD has trouble with teacher retention?
            See all the above.
            Everyone can see through your bull*bleep*. Stop spreading lies.

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              Re: More Kid Care
              Posted on: 2017-06-16 22:56:37   By: Anonymous
               
              And by the way - the "dissentIng opinion" you asked everyone to reference above was paid for by CUSD and is NOT an independent assessment by a neutral party or the state.

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                Re: More Kid Care
                Posted on: 2017-06-17 10:41:56   By: Anonymous
                 
                The so-called neutral third party is a retired CSEA union rep!!! No impartiality there! Sure. Okay. If the Calaveras teachers union gets a raise I read the CSEA workers do too. Part of their contract language. Looks like they just grease each other''s paychecks.

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              Re: More Kid Care
              Posted on: 2017-06-17 10:46:04   By: Anonymous
               
              Administrators don't get a raise every year! Go look at their salary schedule and you'll see they haven't had a raise in years. There are also a handful of Office workers who haven't had a raise many years before teachers and others have had theirs twice. How fair is that?! It's all public information. Now who's spreading lies.

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            Re: More Kid Care
            Posted on: 2017-06-17 08:53:15   By: Anonymous
             
            Lies!!!!

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              Re: More Kid Care
              Posted on: 2017-06-17 13:57:10   By: Anonymous
               
              All I know is neighboring districts like Amador, Mark Twain, Bret Harte and Vallecito (Amador is of comparable size) are NOT having financial issues, and are in the black.
              Calaveras teachers make a lot less money than these other districts.
              You guys can sh*t on teachers all you like, but they aren't the ones doing the books.
              You have to wonder why Calaveras is the one district in this group who can't seem to stay financially solvent.
              Something isn't right.

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                Re: More Kid Care
                Posted on: 2017-06-17 14:54:36   By: Anonymous
                 
                Of the four districts you listed, three receive almost twice as much money as CUSD because they get school funds based on local property values. Calaveras Unified's territory, like Mark Twain's, is funded under the basic state Average Daily Attendance. Way less money per student than BH, Vallecito and Amador receive. Which is another topic of discussion for another day.

                Maybe CUSD is in a tight situation because it has given teachers and aides and custodians raises these last few years when it really shouldn't have. And the teacher's union forgets it gave raises to the top tier of its membership and left the beginning teachers in the dust 10 or so years ago. No wonder their beginning wages are so low. The money hungry older teachers near retirement wanted a bigger paycheck before they went out. And now the union is crying "low wages." They brought that on themselves. Of course they fail to tell their membership that.

                It is time the district starts putting money into smaller classes instead of salaries.

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      Re: Mark Campbell
      Posted on: 2017-06-17 08:51:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Campbell is a Liar & Thief,
      Overpaid & Under Qualified!!
      Got the job "handed to him" by his Daddy-in-law Frost-Bite. Along with the "Job" came a huge raise, huge stipends, and Bonus Vacation Days!! All this while the District was struggling financially and "Doom & Gloom" were on the horizon!? This has been ongoing for Years! Administration cries broke every year as they stuff their pocket$ and live very comfortably while Teachers struggle daily with decisions of needing to buy school supplies or their own lunch, I know this to be true, saw it happening while I worked for CUSD. (The Worst Employer I Have Ever Had, hands down)
      Dumber than a Box-o-Rocks!!!
      The staff they wish to steal from are the very ones that keep the kids fed, classrooms & restrooms clean, and run their butts off getting stuff done for the Teachers!! Just ask them...


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        Re: Mark Campbell
        Posted on: 2017-06-17 10:51:06   By: Anonymous
         
        You are totally wrong on Mr. Campbell. No relation at all to the prior superintendent. And your comments on bonuses, vacation days, etc are so far from the truth they don't warrant an explanation. Glad you don't work for the district anymore. I wouldn't want my kid exposed to such a hateul liar.

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    Re: More Kid Care
    Posted on: 2017-06-16 11:05:53   By: Anonymous
     
    Exactly!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:33:27   By: Anonymous
 
If only our Board of Supervisors would pay more attention to fiscal stability in county government. To speak to the school talks - this has been coming for years.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-06-15 16:48:59   By: Anonymous
     
    School services of California is a private company paid by Calaveras Unified to refute whatever the union says.
    They are not affiliated with the state of California or any government entity. Look it up.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-15 19:00:47   By: Anonymous
       
      I had to take my car in for a lube/oil/filter today, but overslept this morning, so I re-scheduled it for another day.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-06-15 19:25:14   By: Anonymous
         
        Mikey Oliveira to busy He's running for top

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-06-15 19:28:23   By: Anonymous
           
          DEPUTY DOG

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-06-16 22:43:22   By: Anonymous
       
      School Services is a well-respected financial company that has consistently helped school districts survive the meager and backward funding programs of state and federal government. Our area is lucky to have their support during these tough financial times. I'd trust a premier business over a political union any day. https://www.sscal.com/company.cfm?

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-06-17 13:54:01   By: Anonymous
         
        "Premier business?" Did you just quote their website?
        Oh yeah. Totally gonna trust the opinions of the person who directly quotes the businesses' website.
        I think Mark Campbell is here posting anonymous comments.
        Hi Mark Campbell!!! 🖕

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-06-17 14:43:54   By: Anonymous
           
          You obviously don't know Mark Campbell very well. He avoids the spotlight and prefers to talk to people face to face. Plus he doesn't have time to post in online forums. He is a little busy as a superintendent, curriculum director and Rail Road Flat Elementary principal these days. Call 209-754-2300 and set up an appointment to talk to him. I double-dog dare you.

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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-06-17 19:39:29   By: Anonymous
             
            Seriously Mark? You're "double dog daring" people to call you? 😝

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              Re:
              Posted on: 2017-06-17 22:54:33   By: Anonymous
               
              Nice try. You really have no clue about Mark Campbell, do you? Except maybe to smear his good name. Me thinks you're a disgruntled ex-employee. Or a current one just holding your hand out while using students as your bait card. Disgusting.

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    Re: Employment
    Posted on: 2017-06-15 21:34:03   By: Anonymous
     
    I would love to work at Calaveras High School. However, when I look at their dismal compensation, I regretfully have to look elsewhere.There are repeated vacancies for key teaching positions, year after year. At one teacher training, I had a teacher begging me to take her job so that she could get out of her contract and make a living elsewhere.

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      Re: scientific papers and My Mom say
      Posted on: 2017-06-15 21:47:52   By: Anonymous
       
      I would lovEmploymente to work at Calaveras High School. However, when I look at their disma jobl , I regretfully have to look elsewhere.There are repeated vacancies for key teaching positions, year after year. At one teacher training, I had a teacher compensation begging me to take her job so that she could get out of her contract and make a living elsewhere

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Re: More Kid Care
Posted on: 2017-06-16 06:47:58   By: Anonymous
 
You really have NO IDEA what you're talking about.
CUSD gets Title One funding - same as Vallecito and Amador. They don't get less money. I'd wager it's about identical.
In regard to teacher and classified wages, those are determined through collective bargaining; that means the district looked at their budget and projected the cost of living increases were warranted and feasible before they agreed to it. The teachers are only asking for what their CONTRACTS promise.
No first year teachers are ever "left in the dust." Their salaries are bargained through he collective bargaining process with everyone else. It's the same process for classified staff, too.
Salaries are based on a tiered system (again, determines via collective bargaining) and go up based on years of service, and additional units or degrees over the starting column.
Retiring teachers make the average of their last 3 years of service once they retire. Again, this is agreed upon with the district.
No one is pulling a fast one. No one is being greedy.
If CUSD is mismanaging funds, that's an Administative problem.
Stop scapegoating the certificates and classified staff for poor financial management by administration.

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    Re: More Kid Care
    Posted on: 2017-06-17 23:01:10   By: Anonymous
     
    So many lies and exaggerations I don't know where to begin. You obviously weren't around when the union left beginning teachers in the dust. And now you are just taking their bait like a good little member. I feel sorry for you. Learn to think for yourself and ask questions. Your union is only out for itself.

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      Re: More Kid Care
      Posted on: 2017-06-18 13:35:37   By: Anonymous
       
      The union IS teachers.
      You're an idiot.

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