A plan to spend nearly $240,000 to update the Pleasanton school district's facilities master plan met with opposition Tuesday night from a board member and a member of the public, but still passed on a 3-1 vote.
The facilities plan would look at the state of the district's buildings and plan for the future. Resident Julie Testa pointed out that schools are already overcrowded, with the need for two elementary schools, and that doesn't take into account almost 500 new apartments planned for the Hacienda Business Park.
She also said a facilities plan would be useless, since the district has no money for construction projects.
"Please use the quarter-million dollars to pay for teacher salaries," Testa told the board. "Tell the city that there needs to be a moratorium on building because the (school) district has not planned."
School Board Chairwoman Valerie Arkin opposed the spending for several reasons, including the back and forth between the city and the state over plans to build affordable housing, a new demographer's report that would tell what the district what to expect in terms of new students and the ongoing state budget crisis.
"It's a lot to spend without knowing what's coming," Arkin said. "I do think we need (a facilities master plan), but there's things we need to do first."
Arkin also proposed postponing a vote because she'd only received detailed information about the proposal the morning of the board meeting.
However, board Member Jeff Bowser called it "embarrassing" that it had been 14 years since the last facilities plan update.
The new facilities plan would incorporate demographics and the new housing element, and the district said many improvements could be done at little of no expense. The update will be done in four to six months.