At tonight's Pleasanton school board meeting, members will be looking at possible programs to restore, made possible by concessions from the teacher's union, donations from the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, and possible new savings.
PPIE will donate $300,000 and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) agreed to $2.3 million in cuts, all of which are continuations of earlier negotiations.
Increased class sizes at middle and high schools will save $880,000, and the continued suspension of stipends for the teacher support and training advisory committee, saving $15,000. However, the agreement with APT will cost the district an extra $380,000 for teacher training, where they can receive $250 for six hours of training for up to three days a year, a maximum of $750 per teacher.
Up to four furlough days will kick in if the state cuts funding to its base revenue limit (BRL) -- what the district gets per year, per child -- by specific amounts. Those savings are not part of the plan to restore programs.
Beyond that, the district could see more savings under a tentative agreement with the California Service Employees Association, which must still be ratified by local members.
Additionally, the district could save nearly $214,000 if the board approves an agreement that would give management and confidential employees -- those who handle confidential material for management -- five furlough days and eliminate stipends. Those stipends are typically for those with board certifications, which are worth $500 per year per employee, those with Masters degrees, which are worth $1,300 per year and for those with Doctorates, worth $6,150 annually per employee.
The plan would also eliminate longevity payments for management and confidential employees, which start at a 3% bonus after five years of good reviews, and top out at 9% at 35 years.