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AUSD Superintendent Releases Statement on Carryover Funds

This morning, Kerri Lonergan, Superintendent’s Assistant at the Alameda Unified School District, released a community bulletin to the media on behalf of AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital regarding fiscal year carryover funds.

Prior to that, Action Alameda News reported that the Alameda Education Association, the labor bargaining unit representing Alameda teachers, was raising public awareness about the existing of surplus, or carryover, funds from the prior fiscal year, which closed on June 30th, 2011.

The full text of Superintendent Vital’s bulletin is reproduced below:

Carryover Funds

Recently you may have heard discussions around Alameda about the Board of Education’s decision on October 25 to spend some “carryover” funds on materials and programs for students. Here are the basic facts about those funds.

Last year, as a result of necessary belt tightening and reducing expenditures wherever possible last year, we were able to save and carry forward to this year some specific State categorical program funds from what is known as “Tier III carryover.” These dollars represent one-time savings of program funds. These savings did not result from furlough days that all employees took last year.

After public discussions at the past two meetings of the Board of Education, the Board approved using $588,874 of these one-time savings to replace and purchase badly needed textbooks, student workbooks and other educational materials. Much of this allocation will go to backfill under-spending on textbooks we had to implement during budget cuts over the past two years and will place our spending on textbooks for this year back in line with where it has had to be historically to provide adequate supplies of books for students. We know that the role of textbooks is shifting as technology evolves and staff has been exploring these opportunities. But right now our students need books.

The Board also approved using the remaining $490,835 of one-time carryover funds on important programs, including a PTA program to help parents become more involved in their schools, after school intervention programs at Title I schools with significant numbers of disadvantaged students and continued professional development and support of our teachers.

At the last two Board meetings, some suggested that AUSD should not have spent these one-time carryover funds on books and programs and instead should have begun negotiations with employee groups to allocate these monies as a compensation bonus to employees. It is important for all in the community to know that just over two months from now we will open negotiations with our teachers and all employees on complete new contracts, including compensation. We look forward to negotiating proposals that are good for students, fair and equitable for all of our employees and also fiscally responsible in light of the State’s financial picture.

11 comments to AUSD Superintendent Releases Statement on Carryover Funds

  • sharpie

    Let me see if I understand this completely.

    We hired this person with no substantiated superintendent skills and actually expected her to lead a district that was in the middle of a meltdown?
    She replaced over a dozen of her top administrative leaders, replaced over a dozen of her site principals and hired an executive staff that had no previous experiences in the positions they were promoted to with the exception of her lawyer friend. We allowed her to bring in lots of outside consultants and “experts” to set the direction for the district’s future programs and policies.

    Now, we are still in the middle of a meltdown, morale is it at its lowest in decades and students are not learning. Under her watch 7 of 16 schools do not meet their API, 7 of 16 schools do not meet their AYP, three schools are in program improvement and the achievement gap has barely improved for African Americans and for Hispanics it is increasing.

    She couldn’t do the job she was hired for, but she has managed to convince the board to give her a raise, pay for her medical and offer her a bonus.

    WOW, I’m impressed

  • nomoretaxes

    “..reducing expenditures wherever possible …..” LOL! you got a RAISE darlin’

  • Barbara

    I am speechless…and I am amazed that public is buying this propaganda…I bet, that if she said that despite passing Measure A, AUSD needs more money, there would be a bunch of people supporting it.
    Well… we have what we voted for. Amazing.

    Economics 101: if you have more, you’ll spend more.

  • Barbara

    “If you look at the troubles which happened in European countries, this is purely because of the accumulated troubles of the worn out welfare society. I think the labour laws are outdated. The labour laws induce sloth, indolence, rather than hardworking. The incentive system, is totally out of whack.

    “Why should, for instance, within [the] eurozone some member’s people have to work to 65, even longer, whereas in some other countries they are happily retiring at 55, languishing on the beach? This is unfair. The welfare system is good for any society to reduce the gap, to help those who happen to have disadvantages, to enjoy a good life, but a welfare society should not induce people not to work hard.”

    Jin Liqun, the supervising chairman of China’s sovereign wealth fund

  • 94502

    The Alameda Adult School was a great, energetic place before Kristen Vital and her crew moved in. It is now a shadow of its former self.

    She is no hero. or heroine.

  • 94502

    Who, exactly, is meant when someone says, “the community”

    Seems to me that there are many, many different “communities” within our city. This is an overused, nonspecific word. It’s as if “the community” is made up of ghosts.

  • Barbara

    Community is a very appealing liberal world. Who can be against community? Communal living supposed to be good for us. Remember “It takes a village…” by Hillary?
    The latest trend in “education” is to create community centers instead of schools, which means that they/”educators” will take total control of kids. This is why they need money, so they can implement this trend. If parents will not educate their kids, school for sure will not. Not the way we were educated.
    The problem is that this will go without challenge, because parents are too busy. Another generation will be lost, just to find out that Utopia does not exist.

  • Definitely not Mayberry

    You’re speechless? Amazed “the public is buying all this propaganda”? Welcome to “Mayberry”! The new Alameda “public” seems to be made up of Goobers & Aunt Beas. And yes, they WILL buy anything they’re told to. They moved/live here so they wouldn’t HAVE to think. Unfortunately for us, they outnumber us @the voting booth.
    In a council meeting last year, Lena Tam once said she wanted to create a better climate in Alameda for administrators to flourish. Seems she accomplished that goal! Remember thst @the next election!

  • Barbara

    You’re right. I guess I have my own Utopia, but at least I am creating it on reality…
    I am glad to see smart people on this web.

  • Del

    Goods schools spend less, moving all students forward, API high, AYP excellent. Bad leadership, Alameda schools over spending on administration and programs,not every kid learning either producing the students achievement.

  • Barbara

    ..and not everyone have common sense like you…
    Certainly I do not see it at AUSD at this time…
    Their motto: we need more, we have to have more, more is good, we can not do job without more…