Month: February 2016

Board Watch #1 (2/22/16)

Judging from the remarks from Trustee Avalos at the Board Meeting of February 17, we seem to have a bit of a problem:  a misinformed trustee.  Good thing we’re teachers.  With patience and persistence, we should be able to provide some light where there is now darkness. Trustee Avalos says that one third or more of the Cerritos College faculty make over $120,000 per year. This is false. The maximum base pay for a full-time faculty member is $113,101.  However, to fetch so fine a salary requires more than 30 years of teaching and a doctorate, which, to my knowledge, none of us has. Perhaps, though, Trustee Avalos had in

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A Story Told in Tables – Priorities from 2017 to 2014

First, let’s take a look at fiscal priorities of Cerritos College for eight years, from 2007 to 2014. Cerritos College Fiscal Priorities at a Glance from 2007 to 2014 The college budget is a moral document, reflecting what the college regards as most and least important.  What this chart shows is that the College regards the hoarding of money as more important than providing sections for students or paying faculty.  This is a perversion of college priorities.   During bad economies, people return to school.  The Great Recession began in 2008. Sections Gained – and Lost By 2009, when students needed classes most, Cerritos College slashed the number of course

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