School board holding special meeting on superintendent, HR chief replacements

Board directs legal counsel to prepare, negotiate contracts for candidates

The school board is set to consider the appointments of interim replacements for Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi and assistant superintendent of Human Resources Bill Faraghan during a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

Ahmadi will leave July 1 to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District and Faraghan will retire this month.

Any action taken in closed session will be announced in open session Friday.

Trustees met in closed session Tuesday night to consider appointing interim replacements for these positions but no formal action was taken. Trustees discussed possible candidates for the position and directed legal counsel to prepare and negotiate contracts. An announcement will be made and contracts will be considered for approval at an upcoming board meeting.

The district announced the special meeting date on Wednesday afternoon.

The special meeting follows Tuesday's regular school board meeting where members appointed Denise Parnell as the coordinator for Special Projects/Program Improvement.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, 15 people -- mostly students -- addressed the board about Foothill High's search for its next head wrestling coach, who will succeed Bennie Lafever, who has coached the team the past eight seasons.

The reason for Lafever's departure is unclear. Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski said in a follow-up interview that he could not discuss why Lafever is no longer with the school, citing personnel rules.

Many students Tuesday spoke in favor of having assistant coach Ken Coburn as the new head coach, although Krolikowski is considering Hart Middle School wrestling coach Dale Hazen for the position.

"Please do not consider taking this decision of approving Dale lightly," said a parent of a wrestler, Sean Ghoddoucy.

The student speakers echoed one another and said the decision should mainly be up to those involved in wrestling, with Foothill wrestler Dustin Duklete presenting a petition with 45 signatures in support of Coburn.

Other parents and students also came forward expressing their trust in Krolikowski's decision and to "trust the process."

The consideration of approving Hazen will be presented at an upcoming school board meeting.

Also, Pleasanton parent and district employee Susana Lopez-Krulevitch, Foothill graduate Arely Labra and former trustee Jeff Bowser recognized and thanked Ahmadi for her service to the Pleasanton school district.

Labra said the Latino community in Pleasanton never felt a part of the community until Ahmadi arrived.

Association of Pleasanton Teachers president Janice Clark and California School Employees Association representative Bonnie Kasson also extended their appreciation to Ahmadi.

In addition, Clark announced Patty Bowser as APT's newly-elected vice-president.

In other business:

* District staff provided a first reading of the 2015-16 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft, which is a required action under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

According to staff reports, PUSD's LCAP is aligned with state and district priorities to ensure that supplemental funds provided to the school district to support targeted students are expended in a manner to facilitate their academic success. Targeted students include socio-economically disadvantaged, English learners and foster/kinship youth.

Some of the new areas for supplemental funding include: a Mandarin-speaking district parent liaison, College & Career Readiness Action Plan incentives, a Spanish-speaking social worker, internet-connected Chromebooks, reading/EL support paraprofessionals for K-5, among other areas.

The LCAP will be presented to trustees at an upcoming board meeting, prior to the adoption of the district budget.

* Staff presented the FY 15/16 proposed budget, highlighting areas such as: an increase in the district's Local Control Funding Formula, the rate for the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and workers' compensation.

In addition, PUSD transferred $75,000 from the Pleasanton Schools Education Enrichment Gift Fund to the General Fund to cover the cost of the elementary school band/strings teacher. Staff reports said the balance of the PSEE Gift Fund is $461,000, a decrease of $263,000 from the original balance of $724,000 in FY11/12.

The board will revisit the budget at the next meeting June 23 for consideration of approval.

* Board members heard an update about the Pleasanton Parent Teachers Association Council, which included an increase in membership and two new PTAs (Foothill High and Pleasanton Middle) within the school district.

The report also highlighted the council's Reflection Arts Program that recognizes student artists and its annual Excellence in Education award recipients.

According to staff, PTA Council volunteers donated over 82,000 hours of their time – equivalent to 57 full-time employees.

* Trustees unanimously approved the Capital Maintenance Five-Year Plan, which includes: repairing/replacing paving at various sites, replacing flooring at Mohr Elementary and Hart Middle multipurpose rooms and Foothill High's small gym, replacing/repairing HVAC units at Foothill and Amador Valley, and conducting annual safety inspections and repairs for all bleachers and stadium seating.

* The School Facility Fee Justification Report, which supports increasing statutory development fees imposed on new residential and commercial/industrial development projects, was approved 5-0 during Tuesday's meeting.

* Trustees recognized participants from California's National History Day competition, which included teachers and students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools and Pleasanton and Hart middle schools.

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20 people like this
Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:33 am

Hope the special meeting agenda will also include taking action about the Dep Sup who organized a walk-out at the board meeting earlier this week and which PW did not cover (hint hint). She and the others effectively took their toys and left. Childish. She'd and the others would be fired for pulling that stunt in the private sector.

6 people like this
Posted by Really?!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

We were hardly given any notification of this meeting. 7:30 AM?! Ridiculous, I have kids that need to go to school and work.

11 people like this
Posted by Robin Taggart
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I am in favor of Coach Dale Hazen.

I am a teacher, single with three sons, and worked for the Pleasanton Unified School District as a substitute for 10 years as I raise my family and earned a Masters Degree in Education. I've worked in most of the districts schools and have had loads of interaction with teachers, coaches and administration. I know a good coach when I see one!

My son Wrestled for Hart Middle School for three years, so I have had a lot of interaction with Coach Dale. As a professional educator I strongly recommend and am in favor of Dale taking over the Wrestling Program at Foothill High School. He nurtured my son to be the best on the mat and in school.

I trust Coach Dale and will stand behind him for the next four years!

9 people like this
Posted by Get to Reality
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Concerned Parent: get real. I was at the meeting and there was no organized walk out. You are just trolling things up to get the public against our Deputy Supt. Could you be Trustees Hintzke or Arkins trolls since they have personal vendettas against her?

Let's get back to the business of our schools. We need a superintendent, interium or otherwise. The Board needs to get their shix together and inform the public what is going on.

We got rid of one trustee what makes you think we cant' get rid of you two too! Stay off the blogs and get your elected job done!

9 people like this
Posted by Time for the truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Oh a new standard.... no one can leave their seat for a 4 hr board mtg- oh I mean that is if you work for PUSD. I wonder why Concerned Parent wasnt concerned when Mr Miller walked out during a speaker presentation. Maybe that should be reason for his removal? And Im really wondering why Concerned Parent is not concerned about the board president sneaking in this meeting when no one can attend?

Trolling is not working now that the truth is coming out!

32 people like this
Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm

Made Ahmadi's life hell? Rolling on the floor laughing my behind off. It was past time for her to go. My condolences to Castro Valley Unified.

20 people like this
Posted by Sad
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:47 am

Over Parvin's tenure here I have watch the school district lose its once stellar reputation. The fact is her management and the management of the two other superintendents have create hostility and distrust. That has been crippling. It is tragic.

10 people like this
Posted by Sad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

As I sit here reading all of this anonymous immature BS I wonder why in the world anyone would ever want to run for school board or be supt. of these schools. It is shameful that the PW allows this to go on under the cloak of "free speech". When I watch the board meetings nobody ever uses the public time to say these horrible and vitriolic things yet somehow it's okay on here? What a sad society we live in right now and it's even sadder that our children are reading this.

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