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Student Wealth Influences Supervision Needs, Trustee Says

Capo Unified trustee makes comments during a discussion about eliminating campus supervisors.

Students need differing amounts of supervision based partly on their family's socioeconomic status,  Trustee Lynn Hatton said Wednesday night.

During a discussion about , the trustees considered the role campus supervisors play at middle and high schools.

The number of campus supervisors – who keep an eye on students and make sure kids are where they’re supposed to be – on the 10 middle school campuses varies, said Julie Hatchel, assistant superintendent of education services.

In looking at nonteaching positions that could be cut, administrators considered the ratio of staff to students and used Ladera Ranch Middle School as a baseline, Hatchel said.

Ladera's student population has grown over the last few years, Hatchel said, but the number of campus supervisors has been frozen.

Hatton questioned using Ladera Ranch students as the model.

“I kind of feel that Ladera Ranch Middle School ... and the makeup of that middle school, is not necessarily an example, a true example, of how many supervisors we may need at the other campuses," Hatton said. 

"It's not representative of the makeup of the other schools," she said, earning applause from the 80 or so employees who wore black to protest their possible layoffs.

Hatton offered up  in Mission Viejo as perhaps a better baseline, but added that she didn’t know its “socioeconomic makeup.”

Board President Gary Pritchard asked for clarification on what Hatton meant and whether she thought socioeconomic status determines how much supervision children need.

“It’s an equation,” Hatton said. “It’s not one thing or the other. It’s a combination of several things. I think you have to consider all that when you make a determination versus just one or the other.”

Pritchard noted, however, that state law requires supervisor staffing levels to be based solely on student enrollment.

Neither Hatton nor a spokesman for Capistrano Unified returned Patch's requests for comment.

shelly May 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
southcountynative, I do think it is best to do what you can and not too start blaming a "they". I understand that your solution is to blame the "they". That is your answer. I disagree with you.
shelly May 16, 2012 at 05:03 AM
southcountynative, No one should begrudge a stellar mom. Hey, do you check the citizenship of the girls in your troup? I still believe it is best to help and do what we can. I do not agree with your solutions of singling children out. I disagree with you.
shelly May 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
southcountynative, Reread my posts. I said we should all help and I did not exclude illegal immigrants. You did. You assume they do not and they won't. Those are your assumptions not mine. You would rather the schools and doctors become immigration police. The budget crisis is occurring now. I believe that things will be cut. Do I want this to happen, no. So my solution is to do what we can immediately to stop drastic cuts from occuring which would be to cut some and increase the revenue some. I totally get that you and bbq want "NO NEW TAXES". I also get that your solution is to have the schools become immigration police. I do not agree. Everybody pays taxes. Even illegal immigrants. These taxes go to education.
ACJ August 17, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Wow, a lot of comments from people who probably never even WENT to one of these schools. Let me tell you all something.... I am not a parent, but i am a kid who grew up in south OC and went to one of these schools... It's the rich white kids who cause more trouble than anyone else. Mind you, I am white, I went to private school for elementary school and then public school for MS and HS and all of the kids in detention or who skipped class, caused trouble, broke into cars, burglarized homes, vandalized school and other property... Majority of the ones I've ever heard about or known about were comitted by spoiled white kids who were bored and whose parents were busy working or didn't care what their kids were doing, or even defended their kids horrible behavior and shrugged it off like 'don't talk badly about my kid' who they think are angels but they are actually the devil incarnate.
Capo Parent August 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Yawn, anything else?

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