A proposal for a STEAM Preschool was unanimously approved by the Pleasanton school board Tuesday night during its board meeting.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) Preschool will be located at the school district's Bernal site.
Kids Club director Traci Peterson provided trustees an update about the preschool, which included an overview of a visit to Napa to see how a teacher there uses technology in their preschool program.
According to the staff report, the start-up costs of the STEAM Preschool could be funded through two different sources. The first source is the fund balance in Fund 63 (also known as the Kids Club Fund), which would serve as a loan to the preschool program to be repaid over time with interest.
The second source is a grant from the city of Pleasanton. Staff said the city has approved a one-time appropriation of $250,000 from the Lower Income Housing Fund for a potential grant to the school district to be used for new or updated facilities for underserved children in Pleasanton.
"Our thinking at this point is that we could use these funds to update the Bernal campus preschool facility and guarantee subsidized slots for underserved children," staff reports said. "While the City of Pleasanton has approved the funds, we must work with the City to access the funds."
Tuesday's proposal also included a timeline of what will be happening in the next few months in relation to the preschool, such as hiring staff, creating a curriculum committee, and renovating the Bernal site.
Mary Ellen Huey expressed her approval for the STEAM Preschool saying, "There are a lot of little children (in the community) that deserve the opportunity and the respect and the support of our school system."
In other business:
* Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation executive director Susan Hayes announced the organization will be giving the school district $515,000 for the 2015-16 school year, with funds raised from the recent PPIE Run for Education and Giving Fund.
A formal presentation of the check to board members will be at another time.
* Trustees unanimously approved the resolution to recognize Teacher's Appreciation Week on May 4-8, Day of the Teacher on May 5, and Classified Employee Week on May 18-22.
* Amador Valley's and Foothill's We the People Comp Civics team was recognized during the recognitions session of Tuesday's meeting, which included a certificate presentation by a representative from Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's office.
* A possible poll for a general obligation bond or parcel tax will be discussed at a future meeting due to the board running out of time during Tuesday's meeting.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for April 28 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.