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