Pleasanton school board to discuss budget, teacher approval tonight

Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at district headquarters

The Pleasanton Unified school board will meet tonight to discuss employee contract approval, field trip approval, the district's budget and other items.

The agenda includes mostly beginning-of-year housekeeping items, such as approval of a high school vice principal, approval of teachers who've already begun teaching and approval of items that were purchased in August, such as textbooks, computers and markerboards.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. for open session at 4665 Bernal Ave. following a two-hour closed session meeting to discuss personnel issues. Such issues include discussions with district lawyers and union representatives and discussions with legal counsel regarding ongoing litigation.

Other items on the agenda include a report on $1.1 million the district is set to receive from the state Educator Effectiveness Program, which must be used on professional development for teachers or administrators, and adjustments to the general fund budget.

The district will be making slight alterations to its general fund budget. The district's revenues increased because more money than expected will go to the district from the state to the apprenticeship program and via lottery funds. Local donations also increased by $1.4 million due to involvement from various donors, including the Pleasanton Partners in Education Foundation.

Its expenditures also changed slightly, but only because the district was able to save money on expenses. The total school year budget is expected to be $16.7 million, with a remaining reserve of $3.3 million.

The board will also decide whether to approve high school field trips for sports teams attending meets, the Amador Valley marching band attending the Western Band Association State Conference, zoology students visiting Oakland Zoo and journalism students attending a national competition. The trips will be paid through voluntary donations.

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