I don't know if the parents and public know of the financial problems of the Ramona Unified School District. Here's the main problem: the board voted to build two new schools when they had no money to do so.
Now it is time to pay and there is no money. The board is saying there is no other option but to cut the salary of the staff (valued janitors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, etc.) and the pay of the teachers—which will be the highest cut of any San Diego County school.
They (the board) will not look into any other way of financing their mistake. That is why the teachers will not budge. The teachers have offered a pay cut, of course, everyone must tighten their belts, but the board refuses to negotiate.
Now here's the best part...at the last board meeting, the board elected to reinstate Dr. Graeff, superintendent, and TO GIVE HIM A RAISE.
Where does the money come from for a raise when every one else is getting a cut? Now he will make over $200,000 a year. This does not seem to make sense in this time of financial crisis.
Does it make sense to you?