The Pleasanton school board voted 3-2 Tuesday against the motion to rescind June's approval of the "modified lite" calendar for the 2015-16 school year.
Trustees Valerie Arkin and Jamie Hintzke voted for the rescission, stating that they would like to see the community more involved in the decision-making process.
"There probably isn't a right answer but it's about how we get to it together, because that's the right thing to do," Hintzke said.
The board heard from 18 speakers -- with 16 people asking the board to rescind their vote. Parents wanted a rescission due to the lack of data presented, parent involvement, communication and transparency.
"We desire to work with you in making these kinds of decisions." said Pleasanton parent Kevin Benson.
Pleasanton parents Mary Madir and Susana Lopez-Krulevitch stated that too much time has already been invested in the calendar issue and for the board to stand by their vote.
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, a nine-week summer break, and has the first semester ending before winter break.
However, for the 2015-16 school year -- school will start August 11, 2015, end May 27, 2016 and have no October break. This will allow for a 10-week summer going into the 2016-17 school year.
For the 2016-17 school year -- school will start August 9, 2016 and end June 2, 2017, with an October break.
In previous board meetings, students and parents addressed the board about how high school students would not have the opportunity to take SAT prep classes with the "modified lite" calendar.
Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi told the Weekly that the district has already started working with Kaplan, a company that provides students testing preparations, to hold SAT prep classes for Pleasanton students at one of the Pleasanton school sites.
She also added that the district will continue to work with the community and surrounding communities to accommodate Pleasanton students in sports, internships, jobs, etc.
"We're working together to support the students and the families," Ahmadi said.
During last night's community comment session, Amador Valley High School registrar Linda Pipe and husband Ennis addressed the board with words of disappointment and anger.
"Over the last six plus months, it has become abundantly clear that I work for a district that uses lying, cheating, intimidation and stealing as standard protocol," Pipe said.
During the investigation against former Walnut Grove Elementary principal Jon Vranesh, Pipe's name along with Walnut Grove health clerk Mary Snell were used in witness statements in the investigation led by Shon Davidsen. However, both employees addressed the board on March 11 that they were never interviewed.
Pipe stated, "A Walnut Grove kindergarten teacher was allowed to make false and malicious statements about me which were then disseminated to others in redacted form."
In June, she filed a formal complaint to the district but the district legal counsel's preliminary findings stated there was no violation to Pipe's privacy or slander.
"The arrogance you exhibit is astounding," she said.
Also during the community comment session, senior Ally Hintzke addressed the board about Amador Valley's dress code policy.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the waiver application requesting Diane Anderson to teach American Sign Language at Foothill High School.
Trustee Jeff Bowser also recognized two employees that recently passed away former Alisal Elementary teacher Patricia Allison and Village High School math teacher Sandy Sansoe.
During Tuesday night's closed session, the board appointed Janet Gates as vice principal of Lydiksen and Hearst elementary schools, and Patty van Looy as business services administrative assistant.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for September 23 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.