Pleasanton school board looks at 4 new high school courses tonight


The Pleasanton school board will be discussing the possibility of four new high school courses for the 2015-16 school year during tonight's school board meeting.

According to district staff, the Curriculum Department and coordinator of Career Technical Education worked with high school teachers and administrators to choose a variety of course options to meet the needs and interests of students.

The new courses include: International Relations, Farm to Fork, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Medical Interventions.

In other business, the board will hear a report and discussion about physical education, which will include Common Core State Standards implementation and the FitnessGram results.

During tonight's closed session, the board will appoint an interim elementary vice principal.

In addition, the board will discuss and possibly take action on the "consideration of the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

The public employee's name was not disclosed.

Any action taken in closed session will be reported out during open session, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Parkside
on Jan 28, 2015 at 1:10 pm

That is WONDERFUL!! I was sad to see Auto shop, Wood Shop, etc. leave the high schools about 20+ years ago. It is so important for high school kids to experience possible job opportunities before graduation. There are many wonderful new careers out there and any educational experience that can provide motivation to students as they begin to think of their future opportunities is a positive for Pleasanton families.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

To Lori - you are so right about shop classes in high school.

I'll never forget when I was in Skyline High in Oakland years ago, in auto shop class and 3 of us had to completely take apart a Chevrolet engine, measure all the bearings and clearances, then put the darn thing back together.
We hooked up the battery to the starter and said a prayer before we hit the starter button. Thank God it started up because a big part of our grade depended on it.
Kids these days will never get those experiences - too bad.
Did it help me enter the "global economy"? No, but I learned I could do something I didn't think was possible with my own two hands. A lesson was learned.

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