The Pleasanton school board tomorrow may reconsider the 2015-16 school calendar that was adopted in June after parents and students asked the board to revoke their vote at the August 19 board meeting.
The adopted modified lite calendar would schedule school to begin early August and end late May. The calendar also includes a one-week break in October, the first semester ending before winter break and a nine-week summer break.
At the August meeting, most parents commented on the lack of data and feedback presented to the board, as well as the community; and how did they did not feel involved with such an important process.
Pleasanton parent and school board candidate Mark Miller said, "It will be a smoother and more successful transition with us behind you."
Parents also focused on the lack of communication with parents about the change.
Pleasanton Middle School parent Tracy Whelan stated while volunteering during registration she could "hear the shock and awe in the conversations as people were learning about the new calendar."
Whelan also spoke at a June 3 board meeting and said, "I feel like you're trying to slide this under us."
In addition to the forums and emails about the possible calendar change, the district sent out a parent survey regarding the proposed calendar options on June 4, with the results presented at the June 17 meeting.
Of the 3,000 parents that participated in the survey, 35% favored the traditional calendar and 65% favored one of the four new calendar options -- 10% modified, 17% modified hybrid, 20% early start/early finish, and 18% modified lite..
Trustee Valerie Arkin stated that 3,000 parents was only 20% of the district's total enrollment of almost 15,000.
At the June board meeting, the board voted 4-1 for the "modified lite" calendar, with Arkin in dissent, asking that the decision be delayed for another year to gather more data and feedback.
"I just don't see a compelling reason to do it for 2015-2016," she said.
The other four board members were in favor of the staff's suggested calendar option, finding it addresses the concerns of students' learning loss and stress levels, and achieves the primary objective of having the first semester ending at winter break.
After hearing parents and students speak at the August meeting, Arkin suggested putting the item on the agenda for reconsideration.
According to the "Robert's Rules of Order", anyone on the board can make a motion to rescind an adopted item.
The school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district's boardroom at 4665 Bernal Avenue.