School board to discuss 'School Facility Fee Justification Study' tonight

District Technology Plan, Governor's May Revision, poll for possible parcel tax also on agenda

The Pleasanton school board is set to hear a report and possibly take action on the School Facility Fee Justification Study during its board meeting Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

The study, prepared by Sacramento-based School Facility Consultants, analyzes the cost of providing school facilities for students generated by future residential and commercial/industrial development projects in the Pleasanton Unified School District and explains the relationship between the fees and the developments on which those fees are to be charged.

According to staff reports, the California Education Code authorizes school districts to collect fees for mitigation of the impact of new development on enrollment in the district. In addition, the Government Code says the State Allocation Board has authorized raising the statutory Level 1 fee to $3.36 per square foot for residential development and $0.54 per square foot for commercial/industrial development.

The School Facility Fee Justification Study supports PUSD's eligibility to adopt the higher Level 1 fee, which is scheduled to come back to the school board for approval June 9, following a public hearing and advanced published notice.

In other business:

• District staff will provide trustees with an update on the District Technology Plan for 2014-17 -- which was developed though input and feedback of students, parents, community leaders, teachers, classified staff and administrators.

The plan addresses: what the district wants students to know; how the district prepares teachers to get students there; and when and how the district provides technology hardware, software, infrastructure and support required to accomplish the goals, and a budget that demonstrates the cost of achieving the plan.

Tuesday's presentation describes the goals for the 2014-15 school year and evidence of PUSD's progress towards those goals.

• The school board will be hearing a report on the update of Gov. Jerry Brown's May Revision, released May 14.

As with the Governor's Proposed Budget in January, it continues to reflect an improving economy, according to staff reports.

Staff will provide an update on the most current information available, including the next steps for the district's budget development process.

• An overview will be provided on the district's Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, as well as the offerings from the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (TV-ROP). The update will also include plans for the 2015-16 school year.

• Trustees are set to discuss a possible poll for a general obligation bond and/or parcel tax.

In order to explore school calendar options, the school board asked district staff to form an advisory of stakeholder representatives.

• During Tuesday's meeting, the board will select and possibly approve the parent representative for the Calendar Advisory Committee.

• During closed session, scheduled to start at 5 p.m., the board will be appointing the Fairlands and Hearst Elementary principals, assistant director of special education and director of secondary education.

In addition, there will be an evaluation of performance for Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi.

• During the recognitions portion of the meeting, the board will recognize the high school valedictorians and salutatorians and student board members.

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Posted by Blue Dog
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

"Trustees are set to discuss a possible poll for a general obligation bond and/or parcel tax"

I think it will be very hard pass any bond or tax until there is new leadership in place at the D.O. and on the school board. Kids don't come first under the current leadership.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 26, 2015 at 11:24 am

Is this bond money going to pay for lawyers, hush money and settlements? Don't even waste time putting it out to vote until the current administration is replaced and the sinking ship is righted. Few will agree to give more money to the circus clowns.

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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Any updates from the school board meeting on the Supt. performance review or other agenda items?

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