Trustee Braces for 170 Cut CUSD Teachers

Trustee Ellen Addonizio tells a Republican crowd to expect furlough days and lost jobs at Capistrano Unified School District.

With a $51 million budget deficit, it's not a matter of whether cuts will be made, but whom they hurt, Trustee Ellen Addonizio told a Mission Viejo crowd Thursday night.

The trustee said about 400 pink slips were sent out this year warning teachers they could lose their jobs. She expects 170 teachers to actually lose their jobs next school year.

In related financial news, Addonizio said she found out June 11 that the  requested a special state waiver to make payroll this month.

Now the only question is how to cut the budget, she said. Addonizio favors reducing teacher salaries and avoiding school furlough days, saying that teacher salaries can be restored, but lost school days never will be.

The trustee says she expects eight new furlough days next school year if and 18 new furlough days if the voters balk.

Addonizio and her frequent voting companion Sue Palazzo often find themselves on the losing end of a 5-2 vote. Both attended the June 21 meeting of the Saddleback Republican Assembly, which drew a crowd of about 40 inside the .

Mission Viejo city council members and also attended.

The reason for the current financial crisis, Palazzo said, was that the current board relaxed austerity measures 18 months ago, including and . Now, she says, the district is paying the cost for failing to plan for the future.

"There was no plan put in place," she said. "For the last 18 months, we've been lurching along."

When asked for specifics about the budget, Addonizio suggested there is special information available to majority voters that she is not privy to.

"I'm not on the inside track," she said. "I'm a minority board member."

Addonizio was asked to name the CUSD trustees who vote with the teachers union. She then named each of the other trustees: Gary Pritchard, Lynn Hatton, John Alpay, Jack Brick and Anna Bryson.

CUSD Parents Are Selfish @55h0|35 June 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@Penny I'd prefer the editor not delete anything, but if there is to be even a whiff of fairness then your rules should be applied evenly. For example, you warned me when I suggested another poster was in the teacher's lounge for detention. Is suggesting someone may have had detention worse that saying someone has nothing to add to the conversation? While I'm sure we all appreciate your editorial skills and service to the patch, I would hope that you could apply the same editorial standards regardless of a poster's position. Now of course you can simply say you have different rules depending on each poster's point of view, or you can say just be mature, or you can ban me for saying this, but the fact is @cusd mom made a personal, although admittedly very weak and childish (even to the point of embarrassing), attack on me and that should not go unnoticed. Now that is all.
CUSD Parents Are Selfish @55h0|35 June 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Actually, on second though, @Penny, you're fired. Done. Pack up you partisan desk and head over to Fox News, they've got a spot for you. I, on the other hand am self-deporting. I will take my big ideas and leave.
Penny Arévalo June 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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Penny Arévalo June 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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