Citizens Against New Local Taxes  (CANLT)

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Citizens Against New Local Taxes   (CANLT)    
                                                                                         

LVUSD
LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT,
CALIFORNIA


STAFF SALARY, BENEFIT & OTHER INFORMATION
  
This page will contain staff salary and benefit information for employees of the District, including but not limited to:    employee names, titles, date of hire, salary basis, and exact current salary.  We will be requesting this information annually, and leaving it on this site as historical record.   This information is a matter of public record, and as such we are publishing it on this site.   We may also include additional information, including a link to the District's own web site, the District's Audited Year-End Financial Reports, organization charts, and other information, at our discretion.
  
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Click the following links below for information about LVUSD's:
       
   ENROLLMENT   STAFFING    SALARIES    FIN'L REPORTS

Las Virgenes Unified School District, CA web site
                           
NOTE:      CANLT is in the process of working to optimize the data, content, navigation, and overall presentation of data on this site (so you may find some duplicate data while we optimize).  Please let us know if you encounter any broken links.  We'll also add more information as we obtain it and as time permits.  Thank you.


3-4-2011

LVUSD ALLOWED EXPENDITURES IN SALARIES, BENEFITS & PENSIONS TO
SKYROCKET (here) 121% SINCE 1994, WHEN INFLATION WAS ONLY 43%.

  • The green line below shows what salaries & benefits should have been, had LVUSD adhered to inflation.
  • The red line below shows actual LVUSD salaries & benefits, far above what inflation called for.
  • In-district enrollment has been declining for years.  Rather than cut staff as it should, LVUSD instead has recruited & admitted increasing numbers of students who live outside our district (15-20% of total enrollment, depending on whether you believe Supt. Zirming's numbers or the California Department of Educations numbers).  Even then, total enrollment is declining.  The number of teachers has remained relatively constant for the past 10 years or so.
  
LVUSD has allowed its salaries and benefits to SKYROCKET, far beyond what inflation dictated.  Had LVUSD adhered to normal inflation rates, it's salaries and benefits for just the one fiscal year 2008/09 would have been $53 million rather than $82 million. 

A CUMULATIVE LOOK AT THE EXCESS - JUST BETWEEN 2000/01 & 2008/09 - TOTALS A MIND BOGGLING $216 MILLION DOLLARS IN INAPPROPRIATE, UNNECESSARY EXPENDITURES.   
MAKING MATTERS WORSE, AUDITORS CITED "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" IN LVUSD'S FINANCIAL PROCESSES (see the Audited Report for 2008/09). 
Click HERE to see a spreadsheet which shows the unnecessary cumulative $216 MILLION salaries & benefits expenditures.

LVUSD "CLAIMS" IT NEEDS MORE MONEY "FOR THE CHILDREN",  WHEN IN FACT, IT HAS LET ITS SALARY & BENEFITS EXPENSES RUN UNCHECKED, AND AUDITORS HAVE CITED  "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" IN MULTIPLE AREAS OF LVUSD'S FINANCIAL PROCESSES.
 


      
   
IN 2010/11, ABOUT 1 IN 5 (~20%) OF THE TOTAL STUDENTS ATTENDING LVUSD SCHOOLS DO NOT EVEN LIVE WITHIN LVUSD DISTRICT BOUNDARIES.



8/7/2010
STAFF NAMES & SALARIES
A list of all LVUSD staff,  titles, original hire dates, salary basis, and actual salaries (as of 2/22/2010, the latest list we have from LVUSD).  See here (searchable .pdf) and here (Excel spreadsheet).
LVUSD staff enjoy high salaries, generous benefits and lavish pensions that greatly exceed the private sector.

As of 2/22/2010 LVUSD listed
1703 staff in a total of 120 unique job titles.  The spreadsheet contains several sheets: 
  • Staff in alphabetical order
  • Staff by salary basis, then salary
  • Numbers in each of the 120 unique job titles (e.g., 157 Coaching Assistants, 14 Health Clerks, 3 Middle School Principals, etc.)

8/5/2010   THIS SCHOOL YEAR OF 2010/11, ABOUT ~20% OF THE  TOTAL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS WILL NOT EVEN LIVE WITHIN THE LVUSD SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES.  
In 2000, LVUSD admitted 416 students from outside our district (on what they call "incoming out-of-district permits"). In 2010, LVUSD has QUINTUPLED that to 2,185.

LVUSD's role is to educate STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT -- NOT STUDENTS FROM OTHER DISTRICTS.
  On 8/12/2010, the CA Department of Education told us LVUSD is absolutely "NOT required to accept any students who live outside of our District", and is confirmed in the written state codes we've located to date.   If LVUSD does, it should NOT expect local taxpayers to bear more and more of the extra burden via Parcel Taxes that only in-district taxpayers must pay.
 



In LVUSD's letter dated 5/3/2010, it said, "... the District has determined that it does have documents in its possession that are responsive to your request....and will provide you with copies... However, please note that the District does not have any documents responsive to this request prior to the 2004-2005 school year....".
LVUSD promised us that data. We never received it. In late July we contacted LVUSD again, via phone.   We received the following email from LVUSD dated 7/30/2010, which said the following:  "...Responding to your inquiry regarding incoming and outgoing permits. We only keep our records for two years. Each year we purge the previous year. I do have figures for the following:
  • 2009/10  1,609 incoming; 554 outgoing
  • 2010/11  2,185 incoming; 521 outgoing
First LVUSD said, in writing, that they had the data back through the 2004-2005 school year.  Then two months later they said, in writing, that they did not.  Further, LVUSD was able (in March/April) to provide us detail several years back, even by individual school.

CANLT has received numerous inaccurate, incomplete and/or conflicting data from LVUSD. as we have requested data to which the public is entitled under the "Public Records Act".  

In light of LVUSD's inability or refusal to provide us with the "Incoming Out-of-District Permit" data we requested, we obtained it from the California Department of Education, by making just one phone call and sending one email.  We present that data, below, by year:

LVUSD "Incoming Out-of-District Permits" -- the number of students who attend our schools but who do not live in our district: 
  • 1999    427 [source CA DOE]
  • 2000    416 [source CA DOE]
  • 2001    475 [source CA DOE]
  • 2002    503 [source CA DOE]
  • 2003    464 [source CA DOE]
  • 2004    610 [source CA DOE]
  • 2005    784 [source CA DOE]
  • 2006    919 [source CA DOE]
  • 2007    1058 [source CA DOE]
  • 2008    1210 [source CA DOE]
  • 2009/10 1609 [source LVUSD]
  • 2010/11 2185 [source LVUSD]
 
See spreadsheet from LVUSD in March 2010  here, and one CANLT created utilizing data from the California Department of Education (CA DOE) here.  Also see the LVUSD "Enrollment" page for more details.  In 2009/10, assuming enrollment was around 11,500 (we don't yet have an exact figure), then 14% of students in our schools didn't even live in our district.  That has skyrocketed to at least 2,185 - ~20% - in 2010/11.  At an average classroom size of 27 (LVUSD's figure) that equals 81 classrooms not needed for district students.  LVUSD is making unnecessary expenditures of $17M to perhaps as high as -$22M or more/annually (when all other costs are factored in, such as mounting debt, interest,  increasing unnecessary pension obligations, etc.).  Rather than continue to grant permits to "District of Choice" applications,  or worse continue its overt, aggressive recruitment of incoming-out-of-district students -- in its attempt to maintain or increase its artificially-inflated and excessively-large size as in-district enrollment continues to decline -- LVUSD should  reduce/eliminate most or all of these permits for out-of-district students and make corresponding reductions in staff which will reduce expenditures.  ONLY IN-DISTRICT taxpayers pay the LVUSD Parcel Taxes.  Local taxpayers should NOT have to support this excessive out-of-district student population, just so the District can maintain it's unnecessarily large size.  It needs to reduce/eliminate these "incoming permits" and downsize accordingly.  CANLT has requested permit data from the CA Dept. of Education for all CA school districts, to see how LVUSD compares other California school districts relative to issuance of incoming out-of-district permits.  We believe it will be notably excessive.





6/11/2010    At least seven former staff retired from LVUSD with pensions in excess of $100,000/year (here)



CaliforniaPensionReform provides a searchable database showing thousands of retired employees in both CalPERS and CalSTRS receiving pensions over $100,000/yr. A top CalPERS actuary reported last year that pensions are "unsustainable".

CANLT plans to request information from CalSTRS for every former LVUSD employees who have retired from LVUSD who are now collecting pensions. We will request the employees:  hire date, retirement date, the highest annual salary earned, age at retirement, annual pension amount, etc. and post it here when we obtain it.  


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6/8/2010
    Voters REJECT the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Parcel Tax (here).

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5/25/2010   Voters REJECT the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Parcel Tax (here).

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5/14/2010 (rev. 5/27/2010)
 
  ...WHO
funded the May 2010 "LVUSD Parcel Tax 'Poll'"?  We call for full disclosure.
  ...WHY
hasn't LVUSD published complete, uncensored, "Audited" Annual Financial reports on its own website?

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5/14/2010
    LVUSD HAS NOT TAKE A "TRUE" "SALARY CUT". 
LVUSD says its employees have taken "a 5.4% pay reduction This is NOT a true "salary cut";  a true "salary cut" would be to continue to provide the same level(s) of service at a lesser rate of pay.  Public agencies, including LVUSD,  always use the "Firemen  First" tactic -- the common and so often used threat to cut critical services, while money is pouring out everywhere else -- to try to scare the public into voting for new taxes.  It's a fiscal shell game, and a disingenuous argument. 

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5/4/2010
   LVUSD's root problem is not income.  LVUSD's root problem is excessive, uncontrolled, and inadequately-managed expenditures, just like most government agencies throughout our state. 
LVUSD cites loss in state funding as reason for its financial problems:  "The district has lost $13 million in state funding since 2007."   [In another recent article, LVUSD cites "increasing demand", yet student enrollment has been declining since 2003/04. 
  
--  LVUSD cites a loss of $13 million in state funding since 2007. 
  
--  During that same period, LVUSD's total salaries and benefits expenditures cumulatively exceeded that expected (using inflation-based calculations and figures,  using 1994/95 actuals as the baseline) by $114 million, just since 2007. 
 



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4/27/2010
   LVUSD salaries & benefits skyrocketed from ~$37 million in 1994/95 to ~$82 million in 2008/09 - a 121% increase.   Given inflation, the increase in total salary and benefit expenditures should have been approximately 43% since 1994/95, not 121%. 
During that same period, student enrollment was relatively level: 10,718 in 1994/95, 12,170 in 2003/04, and declined each year since, to 11,664 in 2008/09. 

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3/22/2010:  After LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD QUADRUPLED its Full-Time Classified Para Professional staff in 2003/04, while the corresponding total student enrollment increased less than 1/2 of 1%, and while corresponding total teacher staffing levels dropped by 3.5% in that same period.

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6/8/2010    VOTERS REJECTED THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PARCEL TAX, "Measure E", on 6/8/2010.

5/25/2010
    VOTERS REJECTED THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PARCEL TAX "Measure A" .  Voters defeated what would have been a second parcel tax today, 5/25/2010.

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5/14/2010 (rev. 5/27/2010)  

  ...WHO FUNDED THE MAY 2010 "LVUSD PARCEL TAX 'POLL'" that was discussed in the 5/11/2010 LVUSD School Board Meeting? ...   
We call upon LVUSD to fully publicly disclose who funded this "poll" (the organization, and individual donor names and contribution amounts), and also to publish all related documentation on their website (how much the poll cost, what questions were asked, methodologies, how the poll was conducted, how respondents were selected, all related materials and documentation, and a full and complete copy of all results).

  ...WHY HASN'T LVUSD PUBLISHED COMPLETE, UNCENSORED, "AUDITED" ANNUAL FINANCIAL YEAR-END REPORTS ON ITS WEBSITE?
We urged the LVUSD School Board (in the 5/11/2010 meeting) to publish these on their website.  

LVUSD recently was given a presentation by a consulting firm, hired by a "private party" (as yet unidentified to us), to poll voters on ANOTHER Parcel Tax, and advise on options in terms of timing and type of election (e.g., large versus low-turnout elections, regular versus mail-in elections, etc, and which tend to have better "success rates" for passage.)  The consultants presentation, in the LVUSD Board Meeting of 5/11/2010, can be viewed here.  They also presented ballot argument "justifications" that tend to sway voters to support new taxes, and said the top justifications include "lower class size" and  "the state can't take it away". 

(1)  Re: "lower class size":
   (a)   LVUSD student Enrollment has continued to decline since 2003/04 (and is expected to continue to decline), while the number of teachers has remained relatively stable.  Class sizes are already lower.  
   (b)   If LVUSD wants to maintain lower class size, it should not be aggressively recruited "incoming out-of-district" students, which increases class sizes.  Only district taxpayers must pay Parcel Tax(es).  And the added income does not offset the higher expenses to support out-of-district students.
   (c)   LVUSD's actions speak louder than words.  When LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD quadrupled its Full Time Para-Professional staff, while decreasing the numbers of teachers by 3.5% that same year.

(2)  Re: "the state can't take it away": LVUSD's root problem isn't income, it's excessive and uncontrolled expenditures -- just like most public government agencies throughout California.  Excessive uncontrolled spending has historically existed at ALL levels of government -- including LVUSD.  Taxpayers must hold  state and local agencies - including LVUSD - to live within their budgets, like weary, already-overtaxed taxpayers must do.

We've requested all documentation related to polls/surveys conducted by, or paid for by LVUSD from 1-1-2010 forward, to provide the public a better view of the strategies LVUSD may use to try and pass ANOTHER Parcel Tax, in addition to the existing one.

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5/14/2010    LVUSD says its employees have taken "a 5.4% pay reduction"  This is not a true "salary cut".  A true "salary cut", the type those in the private sector generally take,  would be to work at a lesser hourly, daily, monthly, or annual amount -- whatever the actual pay rate basis is -- while  continuing to provide the same level of services.  LVUSD staff's hourly and daily salary rates remain the same.  Their overall annual income will decline slightly, due to "furlough days" which they will not work and for which they thus will not be paid.  LVUSD, along with the rest of the public sector, should consider themselves fortunate to be employed, take a real pay cut (the type those in the private sector take), and continue to provide the same level of service.   But instead, public agencies, including LVUSD,  always use the "Firemen  First" tactic -- the common and all-too-often used threat to cut critical services, while money is pouring out everywhere else -- to strongarm the public into voting for even more new taxes.  It's a fiscal shell game and disingenuous.

It's the students and parents who are taking the real "cut" here. LVUSD should continue to maintain the SAME level of services)and have its staff take a REAL salary reduction.

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5/4/2010   LVUSD cites loss in state funding as reason for its financial problems:  "The district has lost $13 million in state funding since 2007."   [In another recent article, LVUSD cites "increasing demand", yet student enrollment has been declining since 2003/04 (see Enrollment tab)  

LVUSD's root problem is not income.
LVUSD's root problem is excessive, uncontrolled, and inadequately-managed expenditures -- like government agencies throughout our state.  Let's look at an example of uncontrolled spending, below.

--LVUSD cites a loss of $13 million in state funding since 2007. 

--During that same period, LVUSD's total salaries and benefits expenditures cumulatively exceeded that expected (using inflation-based calculations and figures,  using 1994/95 actuals as the baseline) by $114 million.


  • Look at 2007, the year since which LVUSD cites a $13 million state funding loss.  LVUSD allowed its actual salaries & benefits expenditures to jump from $78.9M in 2007 to to $84.9M in 2008 - a $6 million increase in just one year. If LVUSD had held increases in salaries and benefits expenditures to actual inflation, 2008 actuals should have been about $81.9M - a $3.0 million difference in just one year alone.
  • Further, 2007 actuals are far higher than they would have been, if LVUSD had held increases in salaries & benefits expenditures to actual inflation in preceding years, back through 1994/95 as a baseline. Had LVUSD done so, its 2008 $84.9M actuals should have been around ~$51.7M - a $33.2M difference in one year alone.
  • Further, an historical look, using 1994/95 figures as a baseline, shows LVUSD salaries & benefits expenditures skyrocketed above inflation-based calculations, unwarranted given relatively stable & now declining student enrollment figures. Had LVUSD held increases in salaries and benefits expenditures to actual inflation-based figures since 1994/95, then just "since 2007", LVUSD could have avoided ~$114 million in expenditures (see chart below) -  a ~$114 million difference just "since 2007". 
[After we receive actuals back through 1994/95, we will provide you the cumulative potential savings, had LVUSD only held to inflation.  We expect it will be hundreds of millions of dollars.]  

Salaries & benefits since 2007, in $millions
 
 Year Actuals
Variance,
using 06/07
as baseline

Expected,
using 1994/95 figures as baseline, factoring inflation

Variance, using 1994/95 figures as baseline, factoring inflation
     
 06/07  $78.9


 $50.3
 
 07/08  $84.9
 +$6.0
 $51.7  
 08/09  $82.6
 +$3.7

 $53.6  
 09/10*  $78.0*  -$0.9

 $54.8  
Cumu-
lative
TOTALS
2007-
2010
 $324.5  +$8.8
 $210.4  $114

*estimate per LVUSD


Actual LVUSD Salaries & Benefits 1994/95-2008/09

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator
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5/4/2010  In the June 30, 2009 LVUSD Audited Annual Financial Report, available here, AUDITORS NOTED "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" in LVUSD finances, including inadequate/nonexistent controls in LVUSD's Payroll Processing, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and check signature processes.  See the Auditors report for details.  Based on apparent payroll irregularities we found on the 2/22/2010 employee name/exact salary list, it appears LVUSD has not remedied inadequacies in Payroll cited by Auditors.

SPECIAL NOTE:  LVUSD currently only makes its "2008/09 UNAUDITED Actuals" available on its web site (as of 5-4-2010), NOT THE AUDITED year-end report.  CANLT has asked the LVUSD Board to make all full, complete, uncensored, AUDITED Year-End Financial Reports available on their web site, freely and readily available to the public.    CANLT has also requested these reports (LVUSD currently charges for these), and we will scan and publish them on our web site as we obtain them & as time permits.

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4/27/2010
   LVUSD salaries & benefits skyrocketed from ~$37 million in 1994/95 to ~$82 million in 2008/09 - a 121% increase. During that same period, student enrollment was relatively level: 10,718 in 1994/95, 12,170 in 2003/04, and declined each year since, to 11,664 in 2008/09.  Given inflation, the increase in total salary and benefit expenditures should have been closer to ~43% since 1994/95, not 121%. 
See Budgets & Actuals tab for more info.

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4/26/2010   LVUSD's employee/salary list  dated 2/22/2010 shows IRREGULARITIES, including a "Clerk Typist II" earning  $2543.29 per HOUR (who shares the same first and last name as a former LVUSD Parent-Faculty Association President), and a clerk earning $16.16 per MONTH.  When challenged about this, LVUSD replied in writing that this list was created "manually" and the figures were just "typos"; however previously LVUSD wrote that it would not create any lists, only provide us data that currently existed.  This is a very serious contradiction, and also implausible given LVUSD salaries are computerized.  This causes significant additional concern, especially in concurrence with the 2008/2009 Audited Report, in which Auditors noted "Significant Deficiencies" in LVUSD's financial processes, including Payroll, as noted above.    See Staff & Salaries page for more info.
 

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3/22/2010:  After LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD QUADRUPLED its Full-Time Classified Para Professional staff in 2003/04, while the corresponding total student enrollment increased less than 1/2 of 1%, and while corresponding total teacher staffing levels dropped by 3.5% in that same period. See  Enrollment & Other for more info  [Source:  CA Dept of Education] ----------------------------------------------
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3/22/2010:  A list of all LVUSD staff,  titles, original hire dates, salary basis, and actual salaries, is now available on this website, here.  [Source:  LVUSD]  See Staff & Salaries for more info.

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5/14/2010    LVUSD says its employees have taken "a 5.4% pay reduction"  This is not a true "salary cut".  A true "salary cut", the type those in the private sector generally take,  would be to work at a lesser hourly, daily, monthly, or annual amount -- whatever the actual pay rate basis is -- while  continuing to provide the same level of services.  LVUSD staff's hourly and daily salary rates remain the same.  Their overall annual income will decline slightly, due to "furlough days" which they will not work and for which they thus will not be paid.  LVUSD, along with the rest of the public sector, should consider themselves fortunate to be employed, take a real pay cut (the type those in the private sector take), and continue to provide the same level of service.   But instead, public agencies, including LVUSD,  always use the "Firemen  First" tactic -- the common and all-too-often used threat to cut critical services, while money is pouring out everywhere else -- to strongarm the public into voting for even more new taxes.  It's a fiscal shell game and disingenuous.

It's the students and parents who are taking the real "cut" here. LVUSD should continue to maintain the SAME level of services)and have its staff take a REAL salary reduction.

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5/4/2010   LVUSD cites loss in state funding as reason for its financial problems:  "The district has lost $13 million in state funding since 2007."   [In another recent article, LVUSD cites "increasing demand", yet student enrollment has been declining since 2003/04 (see Enrollment tab)  

LVUSD's root problem is not income.
LVUSD's root problem is excessive, uncontrolled, and inadequately-managed expenditures -- like government agencies throughout our state.  Let's look at an example of uncontrolled spending, below.

--LVUSD cites a loss of $13 million in state funding since 2007. 

--During that same period, LVUSD's total salaries and benefits expenditures cumulatively exceeded that expected (using inflation-based calculations and figures,  using 1994/95 actuals as the baseline) by $114 million.


  • Look at 2007, the year since which LVUSD cites a $13 million state funding loss.  LVUSD allowed its actual salaries & benefits expenditures to jump from $78.9M in 2007 to to $84.9M in 2008 - a $6 million increase in just one year. If LVUSD had held increases in salaries and benefits expenditures to actual inflation, 2008 actuals should have been about $81.9M - a $3.0 million difference in just one year alone.
  • Further, 2007 actuals are far higher than they would have been, if LVUSD had held increases in salaries & benefits expenditures to actual inflation in preceding years, back through 1994/95 as a baseline. Had LVUSD done so, its 2008 $84.9M actuals should have been around ~$51.7M - a $33.2M difference in one year alone.
  • Further, an historical look, using 1994/95 figures as a baseline, shows LVUSD salaries & benefits expenditures skyrocketed above inflation-based calculations, unwarranted given relatively stable & now declining student enrollment figures. Had LVUSD held increases in salaries and benefits expenditures to actual inflation-based figures since 1994/95, then just "since 2007", LVUSD could have avoided ~$114 million in expenditures (see chart below) -  a ~$114 million difference just "since 2007". 
[After we receive actuals back through 1994/95, we will provide you the cumulative potential savings, had LVUSD only held to inflation.  We expect it will be hundreds of millions of dollars.]  

Salaries & benefits since 2007, in $millions
 
 Year Actuals
Variance,
using 06/07
as baseline

Expected,
using 1994/95 figures as baseline, factoring inflation

Variance, using 1994/95 figures as baseline, factoring inflation
     
 06/07  $78.9


 $50.3
 
 07/08  $84.9
 +$6.0
 $51.7  
 08/09  $82.6
 +$3.7

 $53.6  
 09/10*  $78.0*  -$0.9

 $54.8  
Cumu-
lative
TOTALS
2007-
2010
 $324.5  +$8.8
 $210.4  $114

*estimate per LVUSD


Actual LVUSD Salaries & Benefits 1994/95-2008/09

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator
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5/4/2010  In the June 30, 2009 LVUSD Audited Annual Financial Report, available here, AUDITORS NOTED "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" in LVUSD finances, including inadequate/nonexistent controls in LVUSD's Payroll Processing, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and check signature processes.  See the Auditors report for details.  Based on apparent payroll irregularities we found on the 2/22/2010 employee name/exact salary list, it appears LVUSD has not remedied inadequacies in Payroll cited by Auditors.

SPECIAL NOTE:  LVUSD currently only makes its "2008/09 UNAUDITED Actuals" available on its web site (as of 5-4-2010), NOT THE AUDITED year-end report.  CANLT has asked the LVUSD Board to make all full, complete, uncensored, AUDITED Year-End Financial Reports available on their web site, freely and readily available to the public.    CANLT has also requested these reports (LVUSD currently charges for these), and we will scan and publish them on our web site as we obtain them & as time permits.

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4/27/2010
   LVUSD salaries & benefits skyrocketed from ~$37 million in 1994/95 to ~$82 million in 2008/09 - a 121% increase. During that same period, student enrollment was relatively level: 10,718 in 1994/95, 12,170 in 2003/04, and declined each year since, to 11,664 in 2008/09.  Given inflation, the increase in total salary and benefit expenditures should have been closer to ~43% since 1994/95, not 121%. 
See Budgets & Actuals tab for more info.

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4/26/2010   LVUSD's employee/salary list  dated 2/22/2010 shows IRREGULARITIES, including a "Clerk Typist II" earning  $2543.29 per HOUR (who shares the same first and last name as a former LVUSD Parent-Faculty Association President), and a clerk earning $16.16 per MONTH.  When challenged about this, LVUSD replied in writing that this list was created "manually" and the figures were just "typos"; however previously LVUSD wrote that it would not create any lists, only provide us data that currently existed.  This is a very serious contradiction, and also implausible given LVUSD salaries are computerized.  This causes significant additional concern, especially in concurrence with the 2008/2009 Audited Report, in which Auditors noted "Significant Deficiencies" in LVUSD's financial processes, including Payroll, as noted above.    See Staff & Salaries page for more info.
 

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3/22/2010:  After LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD QUADRUPLED its Full-Time Classified Para Professional staff in 2003/04, while the corresponding total student enrollment increased less than 1/2 of 1%, and while corresponding total teacher staffing levels dropped by 3.5% in that same period. See  Enrollment & Other for more info  [Source:  CA Dept of Education] ----------------------------------------------
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3/22/2010:  A list of all LVUSD staff,  titles, original hire dates, salary basis, and actual salaries, is now available on this website, here.  [Source:  LVUSD]  See Staff & Salaries for more info.



LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT  STAFF & SALARY LISTING as of 2/22/2010   (searchable .pdf)


LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF & SALARY LISTING as of 2/22/2010 (Excel spreadsheet).    LVUSD listed a total of 1703 staff, in 120 unique job titles.  The spreadsheet contains several pages: 
  • Staff in alphabetical order
  • Staff by salary basis, then salary
  • Numbers in each of the 120 unique job titles (e.g., 157 Coaching Assistants, 14 Health Clerks, 3 Middle School Principals, etc.)

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6/11/2010    At least seven former staff retired from LVUSD with pensions in excess of $100,000/year (here). 



CaliforniaPensionReform provides a searchable database showing thousands of retired employees in both CalPERS and CalSTRS receiving pensions over $100,000/yr. A top CalPERS actuary reported last year that pensions are "unsustainable".

CANLT plans to request information from CalSTRS for every former LVUSD employees who have retired from LVUSD who are now collecting pensions. We will request the employees:  hire date, retirement date, the highest annual salary earned, age at retirement, annual pension amount, etc. and post it here when we obtain it.  


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6/8/2010
    Voters REJECT the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Parcel Tax (here).

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5/25/2010   Voters REJECT the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Parcel Tax (here).

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5/14/2010 (rev. 5/27/2010)
 
  ...WHO
funded the May 2010 "LVUSD Parcel Tax 'Poll'"?  We call for full disclosure.
  ...WHY
hasn't LVUSD published complete, uncensored, "Audited" Annual Financial reports on its own website?


  ...WHY HASN'T LVUSD PUBLISHED COMPLETE, UNCENSORED, "AUDITED" ANNUAL FINANCIAL YEAR-END REPORTS ON ITS WEBSITE?
We urged the LVUSD School Board (in the 5/11/2010 meeting) to publish these on their website.  

LVUSD recently was given a presentation by a consulting firm, hired by a "private party" (as yet unidentified to us), to poll voters on ANOTHER Parcel Tax, and advise on options in terms of timing and type of election (e.g., large versus low-turnout elections, regular versus mail-in elections, etc, and which tend to have better "success rates" for passage.)  The consultants presentation, in the LVUSD Board Meeting of 5/11/2010, can be viewed here.  They also presented ballot argument "justifications" that tend to sway voters to support new taxes, and said the top justifications include "lower class size" and  "the state can't take it away". 

(1)  Re: "lower class size":
   (a)   LVUSD student Enrollment has continued to decline since 2003/04 (and is expected to continue to decline), while the number of teachers has remained relatively stable.  Class sizes are already lower.  
   (b)   If LVUSD wants to maintain lower class size, it should not be aggressively recruited "incoming out-of-district" students, which increases class sizes.  Only district taxpayers must pay Parcel Tax(es).  And the added income does not offset the higher expenses to support out-of-district students.
   (c)   LVUSD's actions speak louder than words.  When LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD quadrupled its Full Time Para-Professional staff, while decreasing the numbers of teachers by 3.5% that same year.

(2)  Re: "the state can't take it away": LVUSD's root problem isn't income, it's excessive and uncontrolled expenditures -- just like most public government agencies throughout California.  Excessive uncontrolled spending has historically existed at ALL levels of government -- including LVUSD.  Taxpayers must hold  state and local agencies - including LVUSD - to live within their budgets, like weary, already-overtaxed taxpayers must do.

We've requested all documentation related to polls/surveys conducted by, or paid for by LVUSD from 1-1-2010 forward, to provide the public a better view of the strategies LVUSD may use to try and pass ANOTHER Parcel Tax, in addition to the existing one.

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5/14/2010
    LVUSD says its employees have taken "a 5.4% pay reduction This is NOT a true "salary cut";  a true "salary cut" would be to continue to provide the same level(s) of service at a lesser rate of pay.  Public agencies, including LVUSD,  always use the "Firemen  First" tactic -- the common and so often used threat to cut critical services, while money is pouring out everywhere else -- to try to scare the public into voting for new taxes.  It's a fiscal shell game, and a disingenuous argument. 

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5/4/2010
   LVUSD cites loss in state funding as reason for its financial problems:  "The district has lost $13 million in state funding since 2007."   [In another recent article, LVUSD cites "increasing demand", yet student enrollment has been declining since 2003/04.  LVUSD's root problem is not income.  LVUSD's root problem is excessive, uncontrolled, and inadequately-managed expenditures, just like most government agencies throughout our state. 
  
--  LVUSD cites a loss of $13 million in state funding since 2007. 
  
--  During that same period, LVUSD's total salaries and benefits expenditures cumulatively exceeded that expected (using inflation-based calculations and figures,  using 1994/95 actuals as the baseline) by $114 million, just since 2007. 
 

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5/4/2010  In the June 30, 2009 LVUSD Audited Annual Financial Report, available here, AUDITORS NOTED "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" in LVUSD finances, including inadequate/nonexistent controls in LVUSD's Payroll Processing, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and check signature processes.  See the Auditors report for details.  Based on apparent payroll irregularities we found on the 2/22/2010 employee name/exact salary list, it appears LVUSD has not remedied inadequacies in Payroll cited by Auditors.

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4/27/2010
   LVUSD salaries & benefits skyrocketed from ~$37 million in 1994/95 to ~$82 million in 2008/09 - a 121% increase. During that same period, student enrollment was relatively level: 10,718 in 1994/95, 12,170 in 2003/04, and declined each year since, to 11,664 in 2008/09.  Given inflation, the increase in total salary and benefit expenditures should have been closer to ~43% since 1994/95, not 121%. 

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4/26/2010
   LVUSD's employee/salary list dated 2/22/2010 shows IRREGULARITIES, including a "Clerk Typist II" earning  $2543.29 per HOUR (who shares the same first and last name as a former LVUSD Parent-Faculty Association President), and a clerk earning $16.16 per MONTH.   Further, and very significantly, in the LVUSD Audited Annual Financial Report for 2008/2009 Audited Report, Auditors noted "Significant Deficiencies" in LVUSD's financial processes, including Payroll.  
 

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3/22/2010:  After LVUSD passed its 2003/04 Parcel Tax, LVUSD QUADRUPLED its Full-Time Classified Para Professional staff in 2003/04, while the corresponding total student enrollment increased less than 1/2 of 1%, and while corresponding total teacher staffing levels dropped by 3.5% in that same period.

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3/22/2010:  A list of all LVUSD staff,  titles, original hire dates, salary basis, and actual salaries, is now available here.    LVUSD staff enjoy high salaries and lavish benefits and pensions that greatly exceed that in the private sector. 

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AUDITORS NOTED "SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES" IN LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT'S FINANCIES, IN THE LVUSD AUDITED ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT DATED JUNE 30, 2009 here.
Auditors noted "significant deficiences" in LVUSD finances., including inadequate/ nonexistent controls in LVUSD's Payroll Processing, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and check signature processes.  See the Auditors report (around page 71) for details.  Based on apparent payroll irregularities we found on the 2/22/2010 employee name/exact salary list, it appears LVUSD has not remedied inadequacies in Payroll cited by Auditors.

LVUSD'S EMPLOYEE SALARY LIST SHOWS IRREGULARITIES
LVUSD's employee staff salary list shows irregularities (in the staff list we received from LVUSD dated 2/22/2010), including a a clerk earning $16.16 per MONTH and most notably, a "Clerk Typist II" earning  $2543.29 per HOUR (here, pg 4), who has the same first and last name as a former LVUSD Parent-Faculty Club President (here, pg 1).



 




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