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Pleasanton schools' Facilities Master Plan up for approval tonight

Original post made on Jan 29, 2013

The Pleasanton school board is expected to approve the final draft of its facilities master plan tonight, including nearly a half-billion dollars in suggested improvements.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:11 AM

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

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I just scanned the presentation attachment to this item. Things that jump out are "sale of surplus property" and "Total Funding Available When Existing Debt is Considered: 2010 COPs, Portable Leases, SYCAMORE FUND." (my emphasis) Web Link Toward the end of the presentation: "The engagement of a commercial realtor and an appraisal of the Neal property would benefit the discussion."

The standard scare buzzwords are included: "Two story construction may be needed to increase open space." " . . . the Board may consider attendance boundary adjustments
or enrollment sizes between schools will increase." "Another option to reduce the enrollment at the elementary schools is to convert an existing middle school to a K-8 campus."

The narrative and all attachments can be found here: Web Link

I hope the word will get out quickly about this plan.


Posted by Howard, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

Kathleen, this is standard shady practice by the shady PUSD. They say they are going to build a school, then they hold on the property, then they put it up for sale to housing developers.

The Neal Property is zoned for a public elementary school. Any attempt to rezone it will be referended. There is no way it will be sold.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

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It is counterintuitive to sell the property to add housing of some nature (will it be exempt from higher density?) that will add children to the district. What PUSD likely does not want to face is building Neal and having to redraw boundaries. It does make sense to proceed with the school, grandfather families who wish to stay at current schools, and gradually shift the boundaries. Or make all schools open enrollment. Or create magnet schools.


Posted by Howard, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

You would think that PUSD would wait to do a Facilities Master Plan after it finds out what District property the Feds decide to seize to see what inventory of property the PUSD has left. Maybe the Feds will seize the Neal Property.

At least in this case in Orange County for the sham California Union University as described in Web Link, the Feds continued to seize property related to the visa fraud after the criminal trial.


Posted by Jill, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

Watch your pockets everybody! The district will pass this plan without you thinking much about it and then they will ask the residents to pass hundreds of millions of dollars in new bonds (which we currently are paying for the previous bonds that the district refinanced to illegally siphoned more money from the residents).

I wish the papers would do some good articles on this BEFORE the district votes on this. The public does not have a clue of what the district is up to right now.

The district is way out of control. Seems to be futile to try and talk with them to change direction as their minds are made up (from my experience with them). Seems like the only possibility is to change the board majority so that we can take the district back from the administration. We have two years till the election to change the board majority, unless there is a recall...


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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Speaking of watch--you cannot get the board meeting online after the fact (no longer on demand). One can record or look for repeats on TV30, or a DVD is available at each school and at the district office. There is no plan to change this back in the near term.


Posted by Bernie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Oh-oh. Creeping socialism, everybody.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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Well, inconvenient at a minimum. Failure at transparency and a backward step in services previously provided. Used to be you could watch when you wished and go back to previous meetings for historical discussion on a topic; now you have to record, and perhaps keep, (not awful, to be sure) or show up at a school and sign out the DVD.


Posted by local, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Obvious that the district does not want the involvement of the community. They do all their decisions in the back room now with their new policy that 'requires' the board members to write down their questions and ask the staff before the meeting. That was put there, thanks to the board majority who are puppets for the administration.

I did attend one of the sessions on the facility planning and was made to feel unwelcome by the administration. They felt the public was wasting their time by asking questions. Most likely because the administration was going to do what they wanted and did not want any input from the community. The administration feels it is their district. Don't you dare question them on anything. I used to be very involved in our school district, and the current administration is 180 degrees different in working with the community. Two board members are trying but the other three should be removed as soon as possible. Then maybe we can fix-up the problems at the administration level.


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