With last week's defeat of the parcel tax, three fundraising options were brought before the Pleasanton school board at Tuesday night's meeting.
The first is a new CORE (Community OutReach for Education) campaign. Similar to last year's effort, which raised nearly $570,000 for the current school year, the new campaign would have funding goals for elementary, middle and high
schools, with intermediate steps along the way.
For example, elementary schools would each have an hour of added tech support daily if $50,625 if raised. At 101,250, an additional hour of library each day would be added to the tech support, with the steps adding tech or library hours at increments of just over $50,000. The ultimate goal is just short of $400,000, when four hours of tech support and three library hours added per site daily, with $5,000 per site for student support programs to be determined by the schools.
Similar goals are set for middle schools, while high schools would raise money to maintain and upgrade hardware and software, extra student support services restoring library personnel and adding extra sections.
A grassroots effort to maintain class size reductions is also under way. The idea, announced by Christina Hicks, would begin by requesting pledges but not actually accepting any money. As support grows, with marketing and a website, backers hope they can eliminate increased class sizes, although Hicks suggested they might ultimately look to the schools or the union if they get close to their goals.
Hicks noted that low student–teacher ratios are especially important in early grades.
A third option mentioned by board members is the possibility of forming a foundation similar to one in place at San Ramon Valley Schools, which, unlike CORE, would raise funds continually and distribute them where needed.
The board also finalized union contracts. The California School Employees Association agreed to additional furlough days to save jobs, while $1.7 million saved through concessions from the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) would go to the general fund should money promised by the state not come through.
Right now, the district is awaiting the May revise, in which Gov. Jerry Brown will announce revisions to the state budget. That's expected to come May 16, and district officials are concerned that Brown may opt for an all-cuts budget, which could mean an additional $3 million to $4 million in cuts for the district.