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Allen balances challenging budgets

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From page C2 | May 23, 2014 |

Our city faces challenging budgets, just as our schools did up to a couple of years ago. Sheila Allen has proven experience in balancing challenging budgets.

From 2008 to 2012 she and her colleagues balanced successive annual Davis school district budgets — with millions of dollars in reduced funds coming from the state — through a combination of strategies, including staff reductions, cuts in employee pay, strategic use of reserve funds and school parcel taxes.

She saw to it that administrators took no less in pay cuts than other district staff. At every point along the difficult way she engaged parents, employees and stakeholders for ideas, discussion and feedback.

After closing Valley Oak Elementary, which she opposed in a losing vote, the school board was considering closing Emerson Junior High because of declining enrollments. She knew this community would not accept another school closure, but the district needed a better alternative.

At that moment she suggested opening up a junior high component of Da Vinci Charter Academy at the Emerson campus. It was a solution that now provides stable and balanced enrollment among all of the junior high campuses and provides additional school choices for parents.

The Davis City Council needs Sheila Allen’s determination, experience, creativity and voice in the mix. She finds solutions that work. Please vote for her as one of your City Council candidates.

Hiram Jackson
Davis

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  • May 23, 2014 - 1:26 am

    I can give you 22,000 reasons to not vote for her. Vote for ANYONE BUT Sheila Allen!

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  • May 23, 2014 - 9:44 am

    While the Board balanced the budget by making cuts in staff (non administration) pay, they gave the Superintendent and HR director French a significant increase in compensation. Each one was given a deferred compensation bonus and had their health insurance paid for the by the District. ($25K each) While the District's PR director Jeff Hudson reported they had no pay increase he did admit that this action was the same as a pay raise. Sheila like the rest of the Board does not have the intestinal fortitude to question their hired administrator they just go with what they recommend. IS THAT LEADERSHIP?! The extreme example of this lack of leadership is the coaching fiasco first with Jeff Christian and now with Volleyball. The she tried to use the Nuremberg Defense (WWII), "move on" what is in the past is in the past. Didn't work then why should it work now. Vote NO on Sheila.

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  • Rich RifkinMay 23, 2014 - 10:29 am

    If Sheila is going to represent all the people of Davis on the City Council, she will have to negotiate new labor contracts that we can afford. The ones we now have in place are unsustainable. Unfortunately, by accepting a campaign donation from the firefighters union, which she did on May 8--even though it is just $100--Sheila compromised her position. It is inherently unethical for any members of the City Council to take gifts from any employees or employee groups or to take money or other gifts from anyone, like a developer, who is doing business with the City of Davis.

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  • May 24, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    There were plenty of DJUSD teachers making contributions and endorsements to various school board candidates in 2012 and in past elections, going back as far as I can remember. Do you consider the whole school board to be corrupt on that basis?

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  • B. WareMay 23, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Rich, Great point, Sheila Allen cannot be trusted. She will continue on the same path we are on with huge pension obligations. She has been bought by the public sector unions. Elect someone who will represent us, not the unions. Vote for anyone BUT Sheila Allen!!

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  • May 23, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Sheila was only able to keep things from being worse in our schools because of the largesse of the community and its willingness to support education. Of course after the Peterson fiasco Sheila can't keep the money flowing as she revealed herself to be part of the problem. She is lucky it didn't happen before the economy started to recover or both the district budget and Sheila would be toast. Hopefully one of them will be toast in June and it won't be the one that actually does something good for our kids.

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