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Belt not tight enough

I agree with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that we all have to tighten our belts. Initially, I applauded the Pleasant Ridge Unified School District Board for getting rid of the assistant superintendent’s position. When Superintendent Jim Meshwert retires, Linda Kramer will be moved into his position, and her former administrative position will remain vacant, thus saving money that will be used for the children. I am confident that Linda Kramer, who has worked for PRUSD for 13 years, can handle the work (especially since she has a full-time principal at every school).

I was appalled, however, to learn that, while collecting his retirement paycheck, Jim Meshwert will also earn tens of thousands of dollars in “consulting fees.” Normally, when a superintendent retires, he welcomes his successor and gives his telephone number, offering to be available in case of any questions. As a taxpayer, I am shocked that the PRUSD board will continue to pay retired Superintendent Jim Meshwert huge consulting fees while we discuss which programs will be taken away from the children.

Brandy Alvis



Auburn


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