SUSD Live – Public comment

Teachers are standing in unison as Union President Ellen Old takes the podium. It’s bargaining related.

Old is starting with the difference in increased compensation and a raise. She’s saying that when more work is involved, getting paid more. She said the district has proposed a 4.5 percent increase in exchange for 7 percent more work – 8 hours a week for 9 months.

She said the district has offered a 1.5 percent one-time pay increase. She said they’ve been told not to call it a bonus “and, so we call it curious.” She said the district can show how much teachers are valued through fair and reasonable compensation.

There was a huge ovation.

- Another teacher, whose name I missed, said she makes less than she did three years ago. She said Lowder makes 512 percent more than her. She has a hard time paying for gas and feeding her child at the end of the month, she said. She told Lowder “while you are valuable, we could survive a while without you.You can’t survive a day without the teachers in this room.”

- Justin Grant – a teacher at El Dorado is talking about financing…saying he doesn’t understand statements that the district has less funding now than it did in 2007. He said stakeholders aren’t informed, and said district is misinforming and misleading stakeholders.

The crowd then chanted “STA.”

- Sandy Morton, a grandma went to an LCAP meeting. She said she wants LCAP money to do well in school and attend college, and wants the money to spend on programs that directly increase achievement for students.

- A parent Mrs. Santiago is speaking with Reyes Guana translating. She has kids at Pittman. She attended LCAP meetings at Pittman.

- Aaron Edwards – Talking about Valenzuela Elementary School – which he said is officially closed according to the CDE. The school is running at Hong Kingston. I”m not sure where he’s getting his info, but he said the taxes in the area are higher because the school appears to be open but isn’t. He called SUSD deceitful. I’ll try to follow up.

- Classified Union reps said they’re having a hard time getting information – they get the runaround at the district office.

- Lowder now talking, saying the district has a $20 million monthly payroll and that takes up more than 90 percent of the budget. He told the teachers Michele Huntoon is competent at budgeting, and said anyone who doesn’t think she knows what she’s talking about “you don’t know what you’re talking about.” He got a few boo’s on that one.

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