School board set to further discuss new calendar options tonight

Meeting will include presentation of instructional calendar examples

The community will have another chance to provide feedback about the non-traditional calendar options at tonight's board meeting starting at 7 p.m in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

The school board was set to take action on this agenda item but modified it to provide more information and the opportunity for further input and discussion.

The discussion will include a presentation of instructional calendar examples.

At the May 27 board meeting, the board and public heard a report from the calendar committee's results from the staff survey and community feedback.

Students and one parent voiced their opinions about the calendar options -- most being in favor of a non-traditional calendar.

In the same open session, the board will recognize the high school's valedictorians and salutatorians, Hart Middle School and Pleasanton Middle School.

Another item on the agenda is the approval of the Capital Maintenance Five-Year Plan which outlines anticipated major capital repairs needed on school campuses. According to the five-year plan, repairs will cost around $5 million.

At the closed session starting at 5 p.m. tonight, the board will discuss "the discipline, release or dismissal of a public employee" and a parent complaint concerning actions of district employees.

The board will also appoint an elementary school vice-principal.

Any action taken in closed session will be reported at the regular school board meeting.


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Posted by Informed Parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

School district has automated calls going out about an online survey, but the site is clearly DOWN :-(

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Posted by Parent of 2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Actually the site is not down, I just filled out the survey. It couldn't be easier to locate information and details about the calendar change- all found on the form. I appreciate the clear communication and listening the district has done over this issue. They started this process months ago, not rushing a decision.

When people complained they didn't know about it, the district delayed a final vote.
When people complained the calendar didn't have actual dates, the district created one with dates.
When people complained there was no survey for the parents, the district created one.
When people complained that they weren't notified, the district sent automated phone calls to all PUSD families. (a very LONG and detailed message)
When people complain that communication shouldnt be digital (funny they complain on the blogs!), the district offers paper surveys.

Clearly, the district is listening to the parent community. Im curious to hear the appreciation for that now, or can we just expect more complaints?

The calendar is a great decision FOR STUDENTS. I appreciate the thought, time and patience the district has put into making this well orchestrated change.

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Posted by Hoss
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Why doesn't the school board combine the calendar debate with the Jon Vranesh debate and hold the meeting at the Fairgrounds? That might attract about 500 people. Liquor should be available. Then open it up to freestyle debate. It wouldn't take long until a free-for-all developed. A good ol' western-style duke it out. Let it run until everyone is exhausted. Only rules are the Superintendent and her direct reports, the Board members, all the Walnut Grove perp suspects (ex-principal, plotting teachers, the don't-give-a s*** janitor(s), the Pleasanton teachers' union leadership (rumor has it that ol' Peggy has a mean uppercut), and the flamethrower parents all need to be involved in the "give and take". The subsequent Channel 30 audience would be huge -- huge! The Channel 30 video might get picked up by MSNBC and Fox News and touch off a media range war. That could get our minds off the Obama-fiasco-of-the-week coverage.

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