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Business Support Services

 Ronald Little
Ronald Little, Associate Superintendent
Mindy Melton, Executive Assistant
Phone: 858-521-2800 ext. 2783
Locations: see District boundaries & maps

Dear Team PUSD,

I want to take a moment to share some important information regarding our district's financial situation. As many of you may already be aware, based on current fiscal projections, PUSD is facing its largest budget deficit since the Great Recession (2008): a $28 million shortfall that we will need to address over the next two years, with a minimum of $15 million in budget solutions required for the 2024-25 school year.

This challenging financial landscape is a result of the State budget circumstance, which includes a projected $73 billion shortfall and an unprecedented reduction in the Prop 98 Guarantee for education funding. Factors such as the sunsetting of COVID pandemic relief, anemic Cost of Living Adjustment, declining enrollment, lower attendance rates, and increasing operating costs have all contributed to an ongoing, multi-year structural deficit for PUSD. Many school districts across the state will face similar challenges. You may have seen, just yesterday, it was announced that a neighboring school district will be issuing pink slips to over 200 employees.

While the fiscal situation is quite serious and requires imminent attention, I want to assure you that we are navigating this challenging moment in a thoughtful manner. Thanks to the keen foresight of our school board and the business support services division, PUSD is better positioned to respond to this challenge than many other school districts in the region. No permanent PUSD employees will face layoffs for the coming year. As part of this initial budget review process, we are beginning to have conversations with the leadership of PFT, PSEA, and APSM on how best to approach the budget reduction process for the 2024-25 school year. We are all in agreement: we hope to make cuts as far away from the classroom as possible. We are actively exploring a number of budget solution ideas that include freezing vacant management positions, reducing departmental budgets, reimagining programs all while being responsive to the priorities you helped establish through our recent Thoughtexchange survey. It is crucial that we all understand the significance of this challenge and work together to navigate it with patience, creativity, collaboration, and a proactive mindset.

While we are not in a unique situation, what is unique is that we have some of the very best people committed to serving our students and community. Your strong sense of purpose and remarkable willingness to go above and beyond is on full display daily. Your dedication and resilience in the face of challenges are what truly set us apart and give me hope for the future. As the rumors begin to swirl, and they will, please assume good intentions. If you hear something that is particularly concerning, please reach out to me directly.

I encourage you all to stay informed by tuning into the Board meetings and keeping an eye out for budget updates as we learn more at the state level and proceed with building the 2024-25 budget. Your input and innovative ideas are invaluable as we strive to minimize the negative impact on our staff, programs, and organization. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share, you can do so via Thoughtexchange here.


Please know that your support and positive efforts to keep student learning at the forefront of our daily activities are deeply appreciated. Our school board and leadership team will do everything we can to minimize the impact of cuts coming. While the road ahead may not be easy, I am confident that by working together and taking good care of each other, we will successfully navigate this fiscal crisis.

On behalf of our students and their families, thank you for your hard work and dedication. You matter, and in moments like these, you make all the difference.


Greg Mizel

Interim Superintendent



K12 School Funding Forum

Ever wonder...
  • Why can't PUSD fix all of its aging schools by just budgeting better?
  • What's the difference between schools and homes located in CFDs vs. SFIDs?
  • Don't my property taxes go towards fixing up schools?
  • What is the special tax reduction plan I'm hearing about and what does that mean for my bill?
  • Why school and district foundations have to constantly raise money?
  • What happened to all the money school districts got for COVID?
Attend our School Funding Forum
  • Learn about different types of District funds, including Lottery funds and Mello Roos
  • Understand what the different funds can and cannot be used for
  • Learn how you can help advocate for more K12 funding for public schools
This in-person community forum was held Tuesday, October 25, 2022
5:30pm - 7:00pm at the PUSD District Office (15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128)

The forum was livestreamed and recorded here.
The slide presentation can be viewed below.

K12 Budget Basics Webinar

Ever wonder...
  • Why PUSD is one of the lowest-funded unified school districts in San Diego County?
  • What is the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)?
  • Why school and district foundations have to constantly raise money?
Watch our K12 Budget Basics Webinar 
  • Learn about different types of District funds
  • Understand the budget cycle for California schools
  • Learn how you can help advocate for more K12 funding for public schools
The Webinar was held Thursday, May 20, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube here.
The slide presentation can be viewed below.

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DO = District Office; TPC = Twin Peaks Center


Position Name Phone Email
Associate Superintendent Ronald Little DO-521-2778 [email protected]
Executive Assistant Mindy Melton DO-521-2783 [email protected]
Director Ruben Arras TPC-679-2520 x2526 [email protected]
Assistant Director Ron Trimner TPC-679-2520 x2142 [email protected]
Admin Assistant II Karina Castrejon TPC-679-2520 x2148 [email protected]
Executive Director Joy Ramiro DO-521-2781 [email protected]
Director Antonio Gurrola DO-521-2779 [email protected]
Admin Assistant II- Confidential Jennifer Latham DO-521-2800 x2132 [email protected]
Director Emily Cena F&N-668-2565 [email protected]
Admin Assistant II Lauri Patton F&N-668-2570 [email protected]
Director Karen Kupetsky DO-858-521-2769 [email protected]
Lead Payroll Tech Lorrie Larsen DO-858-521-2785 [email protected] 
Payroll Clerk Judy Vanderploeg DO-858-521-2800 x2144 [email protected]
Director Rheia Alschbach DO-858-679-2570 [email protected]
Director of Purchasing Brenda Gachuz TPC-858-668-2788 [email protected]
Director Brenda Gachuz TPC-748-0010 x2788 [email protected]
Assistant Director Jeff Johnson TPC-748-0010 x2784 [email protected]
Admin Assistant II Grace Umbenhaur TPC-748-0010 x2128 [email protected]
Director Anton Lotter TPC-748-0010 x2043 [email protected]
Assistant Director Aurora Bishop TPC-748-0010 x2045 [email protected]
Admin Assistant II Kathy Bell TPC-748-0010 x2047 [email protected]
Store Keeper Carl Pino TPC-748-0010 x2183 [email protected]