Pleasanton school board to meet tonight to consider interim superintendent

Closed session begins at 6 p.m., won't be televised

The Pleasanton school board will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. tonight to continue deliberating on naming an interim replacement for outgoing superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who three weeks ago announced her resignation effective July 1 when she will become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District.

School board members held a special meeting June 12 to consider the appointment of Ahmadi's interim replacement but took no action on that issue.

That morning they did appoint Dianne Howell as the interim assistant superintendent of human resources to replace Bill Faraghan, who retired this month.

Howell retired as Pleasanton Unified School District's director of human resources in 2011 and had 24 years of service overall in the district.

Trustees also met in closed session during June 9 to consider appointing interim replacements for both positions but no formal action was taken then. They discussed possible candidates for the positions and directed legal counsel to prepare and negotiate contracts. An announcement is expected to be made and contracts to be considered for approval at an upcoming board meeting.

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Posted by Just a p-town resident
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

Trustees embrace diversity and do the right thing: Appoint In-House. See my full comments: here Web Link

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 22, 2015 at 10:56 am

As previously stated, appoint somebody qualified and can interact with the community. Appointing somebody because of race is inappropriate. In fact it can make the problem worse if that person is not qualified and not a team builder.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm

I bet you all it is an white male with no experience as a sup.

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Posted by Consumer
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Just a p-town resident: How disappointing that you evaluate potential hires based on the color of their skin. You can do better than that, and Pleasanton can do a LOT better than Douglas or Cazares.

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Posted by No more idiots
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

The current cabinet is a disaster. Find someone who has a track record of community involvement that can get along with parents. No more clueless outsiders.

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Get the Facts is a registered user.

To No more idiots:

You contradict yourself. You say "The current cabinet is a disaster", and "No more clueless outsiders". So, what do you want with the new superintendent, a "disastrous" current cabinet member, or a "clueless outsider"? If you have a suggestion on who it should be, I'd love to know who you're thinking of.

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Posted by Kirshna
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Jun 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm

It's time we soften our tones and show a willingness to work with a new superintendent. Certainly any candidate considering the job will read what is put on this board by students, parents, teachers, school faculty and administration personnel. While I believe what has been written by the employees on site with our kids and others, its not the whole story and I don't want a potential candidate to think so. I can say with certainty that with the hate and anger and racism, we will receive last pick in this recruiting season thanks in part to our current sup who waited so long to make the announcement that all good candidates are spoken for.

We won't find a solid superintendent if this kind of hate talk continues. I encourage all to speak of both the good and bad because there are many things PUSD does right, specifically in the classroom and with the kids.

Parvin Ahmadi was never Caucasian and she was never a male. The district has proven that they are about the best possible fit and that race and gender are not part of the process.

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