School board set to approve consultant, realtor for possible elementary school sites

First school board meeting for the 2014-15 school year starts at 7 p.m. tonight

The Pleasanton school board has a packed agenda for tonight's meeting, which includes the approval of using Public Property Advisors as the consultant/realtor to provide services related to the "identification/evaluation and acquisition of an elementary school site; and potential disposition of surplus district-owned real property; and/or exchange of existing district-owned real property."

In January, the board was presented different options of new elementary school sites and directed staff to find a consultant to guide the district in this process.

Although this is an item on the consent agenda, any school board member may remove an item for additional questions.

Also on the consent agenda is the "Rejection of Claim - Berrydal Moshe vs. Pleasanton Unified School District" -- where the district's Property and Liability Claims Administration, Keenan & Associates, requests the board to reject a the reimbursement of injuries sustained by a Harvest Park Middle School student, after she was allegedly struck in the right eye by a student throwing a tennis paddle.

During Tuesday's open session, the board will discuss the Kids Club Program, 2014 Summer School Program and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Field Test.

In addition, the board will be discussing the first reading of the board policies. The policies being looked at include complaints against concerning district employees and instructional materials, and complaint procedures.

At the same open session, the board will discuss and vote on the 2% compensation increase for Pleasanton Unified School District management/confidential employees.

During closed session, starting at 5 p.m., the board will appoint an assistant director of special education, coordinator 1 for human resources, coordinator 1 for communications and community engagement, and elementary school principals.

In addition, the board is set to take action on a parent complaint concerning actions of district employees, and two public employee complaints.

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

The regular school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom at 4665 Bernal Avenue.


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Rosewood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

What us a "confidential employee".

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

It depends on the district, but generally confidential personnel are clerical staff members that handle payroll, personnel files, and other confidential information, including some of the administrative assistants, like the superintendent's assistant. The management side of the management/confidential are mostly classified supervisors and managers, but it could be others. They are not members of the two bargaining units (APT and CSEA).

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Posted by Crooks
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

There is a site, the Neal Elementary site, that the District promised to build an elementary school on 15 years ago.

So now they want to sell it? Unbelievable.

Hasn't the District sold each and every site to developers to build more and more housing that it had originally promised the residents to build a school on? The list is:

South Pleasanton site
Busch site
Del Prado site
North Pleasanton site
Valley Trails site
Crellin site

I have come to conclusion that PUSD's union and management do not have any interest in building new schools, but just bait and switch the public on sites that it acquires, then sells later to developers.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Crooks, you are right. The South Pleasanton site (on Sycamore Road) goes even further. The district used imminent domain to purchase that site as it was 'essential' to the district. The owners of that land did not want to see but the district forced them by imminent domain. Then the district sat on that property and then sold it off for a profit; completely screwing the previous owners. When you have the district talk about a 'tech fund', that is the profit they stole from the family in South Pleasanton.

When the Neal site was up for discussion, the union lobbied heavily to not build the school. The unions feel that all the income our district received belongs to the unions; not to the residents. Their feeling was that if money went to open a school, it had personnel overhead, taking away money that could be given to current employees as a raise. The school board and administration never had any intention of building the school but still spent a ton of money on lawyers and legal expenses with Signature Properties.

Probably not coincidentally, one of our previous school board members was a lawyer for the developers. His clients benefited by school sites being converted into new housing.

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Posted by Keri
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

The school site where the girl was hit with the paddle by an idiot, sixth grade boy is Harvest Park, not Hart. The girl's family should go after the boy and his family for any bills that were incurred. If the District ends up settling with the girl's family, the District should in turn go after the boy's family.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

It seems to me naive that so many voters don't seem to understand that most if not all elected officials are crooks...duh...

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Posted by wasting our time
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:44 am

Completely agree with III, I have been listening to this district "promise" new schools for 15 years. If anyone thinks for one second another school is going to be built you are sadly mistaken. This is another waste of our money hiring another consultant/realtor. So for all those on the school board - take a look at your meeting notes from 2000-2008ish - you are basically doing the same exact thing you did back then when others were on the board. Hire demographer (joke), promise school, buy land, union argues no need for school, school doesn't get built, district sells land. That's the Pleasanton school cycle!

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Posted by I like above post...
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

You are right, "wasting our time." Accept for in your cycle you forgot to add at the end, "the union makes money."

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

NOTA BENE: The job of a union is to provide services for a salary.


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The job of a union is to get as much salary and benefits for their members as is humanly possible.

The school unions will fight as much as possible any new school as it will siphon off money that the union feels their current members are entitled to. They previously did all these calculations on the operations cost of a new school while discussing the Neal school. That additional cost of operations of a new school comes out of the same bucket that could be used for raises.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Unions are the devil.

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Posted by Consultant Myarse
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I'm surprised that the PUSD doesn't hire a consultant to determine whether whiz flows uphill or downhill.
Didn't they get rid of a site by the dump? Now they undoubtedly want to build a school in Hacienda Business Park so they can accommodate the influx that will be coming from high-rise housing developments that were foisted upon us by Crazy Jerry Brown and his fellow leftist loons.

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Posted by Billie
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

So where does the money for the land and building come from? We have extra money? Last time I looked we were still paying on two school bonds.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Consultants are the devil.

We don't need no stinking consultants. Unions are paying them off under the counter.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Here is how things work at the district...

The administration is working on putting another bond measure on a special election for March 15. They feel a special election where they get the PTAs to push parents to vote for the bond will be their best bet.

So now they have hired a consultant. They have told the consultant what the result of the consultant's study will say (i.e., we need another school and a bond measure). The consultant is then told to do a study that has that outcome (if it does not have that outcome, the consultant will not be working for the district again nor for any other district that our administrators talk with). When the consultant finishes the study saying the extra school is needed and we need a bond measure, the district administration will say that the need for the bond was proven by an outside consultant/expert.

Based on my experience, you should not trust the reports of the "independent" consultants if they are hired by the administration and report to the administration. Their role is to be a puppet for the administration.

Our job in the community now is to replace the two incumbents at the next school board election and charge the board to make some drastic changes in the administration and work on building trust and communications. After that is done then we can discuss bonds, etc. Until then, you are an idiot for giving this district any more money.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Administration is the devil.

Consultants are the devil.

Teachers union is the devil.

Board members are the devil.

Community is possessed by evil spirits.

We need an exorcism.

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Posted by Fed up....
a resident of Kolb Ranch Estates
on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Tina- I agree with you but I would say the only school board member who is not a devil is Valerie Arkin....

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm


A bond measure will likely pass easily. It only needs 50% of voters.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 20, 2014 at 1:17 am

You are right that the threshold of 50% will make it easier for the district but I am still holding some hope that the community will be real frustrated with the district and not support the measure at this time. I am hopeful that one or two current board members will not support the bond at this time, which will send a message to the community. While those two board members have been powerless against the three members of the board who rubberstamp the administration, they have power in the message. The main purpose of a bond is to support new growth. In the past, development has paid its own way with higher developer fees to mitigate the impacts of the development. It is not fair to those who have paid their mitigation fees to also have to pay the mitigation fees for the new development. That is double taxation. The other issue is the bond would pay for the facilities but the district does not currently have the operating capital to support additional facilities, or so claim the teachers and their union. So I would not think the unions would want more facilities which would take operating funds that could be used for raises.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

You are spot on! I simply want to "second" your comments!
The good news is we get to vote on members for the School Board between now and any Bond Election...

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