School board to discuss recouping lost funds from bomb hoax, new wifi system at tonight's meeting

Public board meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The Pleasanton Unified school board will decide tonight how to recoup lost attendance dollars following a bomb threat hoax at Amador Valley last month.

The district lost about $170,000 in state attendance funds when a bomb threat was emailed to the high school's principal, prompting a schoolwide evacuation and canceling classes for a day. The district is eligible to file an emergency waiver, which forgives large numbers of student absences based on school closures and other situations.

The board will consider approval of the emergency waiver at its meeting, which will begin in closed session at 5 p.m. and in open session at 7 p.m. at the district office, 4665 Bernal Ave.

Approval of the emergency waiver is on the district's consent agenda, which are items considered routine and are voted upon at the same time.

The school board will also hear a presentation about the ongoing installation of the district's new wifi system. So far, 470 of 912 wifi access points are up and running. Most of the running access points are at PUSD middle and high schools.

The new system is expected to upgrade the district's wifi capabilities from 25 megabits per second to 252 megabits per second. The total project will cost $900,000 and is being paid through interest via a school fund, money from a school fund and money from a special reserve fund, superintendent Jim Hansen said.

The board will also hear a presentation about the search for a Spanish-speaking social worker. The district has found a candidate, but it needs to go through a process to waive credentialing requirements so the candidate could begin work while pursuing his Pupil Personnel Services credentials.

The board will also vote upon:

-New hires, retirements and resignations, including the resignation of district spokeswoman Nicole Steward, who has been hired as a social worker at Milpitas Unified

-A presentation that states the district has sufficient textbooks in all kindergarten through 12th grade classes

-A presentation on current enrollment and trends

-Approve assistant superintendent of educational services Odie Douglas' updated annual contract, which includes a 3.8% salary increase. His contract will be for an annual salary of $197,000.

-Negotiate in closed session with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers and the California School Employees Association

-Discuss three legal cases in closed session, including one administrative hearing case

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33 people like this
Posted by Jen
a resident of Ironwood
on Oct 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Were the police able to track down who made the bomb threat? If so, that person or parents should be liable for the financial loss.

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Posted by Mikeg
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Shouldn't they attempt to Identify the emailer who sent the hoax email and recoup the funds from them?

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

I agree, make the person pay who sent the threat. Should be traceable unless the sender was very wise as to how to hide his IP address.
We have a lot of kids in this town who are pretty saavy with computers, we ought to put them on the job. The sender is probably some kid at school anyway.
We have neighborhood watch programs, why not a cyber watch program?

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Posted by Critical Thinker
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Oct 13, 2015 at 8:22 am

A little off topic, but the whole concept of school funding being tied to student attendance (Average Daily Attendance) is archaic to me. When students are absent, teachers still need to be paid, etc. Is this "butts in seats" requirement meant to drive attendance or is it job security for teachers? What if a student can actually get a better education outside of the classroom, say watching Khan Academy or attending a nearby school or ROP program that REALLY gets them ready for the real world. I've already paid my tens of thousands in taxes and donations for education, I don't need a teacher or administrator or uninformed parent making me feel bad that I take my kid out of class and feel like I "owe" them money. Not condoning this bomb hoax at all, which is not what causes the typical absence. Unlike 50 years ago, brick and mortar schools are no longer the only place kids can and should learn...

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 13, 2015 at 8:37 am

Critical T - I get the fact that classroom attendance needs to be taken to ensure that each kid comes to school every day. And that ensures the state that those who enrolled at the beginning of the school year are still there in January, let's say. This means that if one school shrinks and another one grows over time, then resources should be re-allocated - fair enough.
But it seems to me that daily attendance is too micro. Instead, it should be a weekly or monthly average, with other factors thrown in such as class size or demographics, or how many kids are in English as a Second Language program.
Anyone with better knowledge on this topic please chime in

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Posted by Chris
a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

I bet it was CHOLO!

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows

on Oct 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Posted by Just a Comment
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

Critical Thinker - You sound like a school reformer. What changes are you suggesting?

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Posted by Just a Comment - Layoff Coming?
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

Are Budget Cuts and Layoffs coming to Pleasanton USD? Take a look at the school board's budget for the next few years. They are deficit spending 4.7M next year and $400k the following year. Benefits are going up 10%. They just gave the employees a 3.8% raise. Be diligent people and keep the board accountable to be fiscally responsible.

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Posted by Just a Comment - Layoff Coming?
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

I forgot the link: Web Link

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Oct 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

Can they also discuss the movement of the Walnut Grove custodian

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