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Joint meeting brings city, schools closer together

Original post made on Mar 19, 2014

The Pleasanton City Council and school board congratulated the city's two high school "We the People" teams Monday for attaining the top positions in the statewide competition last month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:39 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

Did Ms. Amadhi and the board follow this up with a closed session regarding which one of their political enemies they will falsely accuse and fire next?


Posted by Wheels wobbling, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

Since this was a glorifed presser, I assume they didn't also discuss 'challenges', such as the disappearance of 20:1 class size in K-3 and Gr 9 math and English, traits that truly sustainable high-achieving school districts have been able to maintain in spite of state budget cuts.

Not so PUSD; here, the PUSD management begs and pleads for parents to partially fill the gap and then treats getting back to 25:1 in a single grade as some grand accomplishment.


Posted by Sweet like syrup, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

It sounds like the usual content-free Kumbaya meeting where no real issues are discussed, they all pretend to make "goo goo" eyes at each other, and pretend they like each other.

Then they adjourn and talk among themselves how each is the most incompetent public agency ever formed in the universe.


Posted by pleasantonwasnice40yearsago, a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

It would have been nice if they would have spent their time working on solving some of the problems the school district faces instead of a propaganda party about how wonderful They all are.


Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm

These joint meetings are always just for show. Neither agency asks any meaningful questions and each side congratulates the other on the work they have done.

The real work occurs at the Joint School Board/City Liaison committee meetings. Those meetings are open to the public but they do not publicize it. Depending on who the representatives to the committee are for the school and city, they can address real problems or they just handle fluff. Years ago this committee worked on the financials and the up and coming building so the district can plan. Recently the school district does not ask real questions of the city. It is a shame. The school district used to plan ahead while now they just react.


Posted by Sweel like syrup, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm

PUSD has such a great reputation these days, doesn't it?

Like the last 15 years, no developer will ever help the morally bankrupt school district build any school after what it did by charging Signature's President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ghielmetti and the company's Executive Vice President Jim McKeehan with "Fraud" and "Deceit" over the PUSD Neal school fiasco.

And Stubbs & Leone? They're 'ba-a-a-aack.'


Posted by Stop the ProGrowth Mayor and Council, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

There is no more room in our schools. If you are reading this you need to go to the Pleasanton City's Community Workshop on March 24th at the Operations Service Center at 6:30pm. The address is 3333 Busch Road (the Operations Center across from the dump).

This is a casual meeting to talk about rezoning for MORE houses!!! Yikes, MORE HOUSES including a land on Stanely Blvd. called the Irby-Kaplan-Zia property. OMG this is crazy. This is in addition to the whole East Pleasanton project of up to 2000 MORE houses.

Just a reminder, the City of Pleasanton already has more than 1200 units zoned and some approved for high density housing - yes apartments ALL OVER TOWN!

Why would we ever consider MORE houses? Come and tell these folks what you think. That is the only way they will listen, from the voters. You can bet the land owners are begging them for more houses, these people need to hear from you and me. Show up and be heard.


Posted by Curious, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Wheels Wobbling, you say that "truly sustainable high-achieving school districts have been able to maintain" "20:1 class size in K-3 and Gr 9 math and English" "in spite of state budget cuts." You go on to imply that they were able to do so without supplemental local funding.

Could you please identify a specific high-achieving school district in California that has been able to maintain these class sizes without a parcel tax and without supplemental parent funding? I'm truly interested to know who they are so I could understand how this was done.


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