Pleasanton's school board and city council convened for their annual joint meeting Monday night to discuss the district's potential facilities bond measure, among other topics of common interest.
On the schools side, the district provided a presentation on its facility needs, leading into a discussion about a community survey regarding a potential local bond measure.
The district is looking at proposing a district-wide bond measure as early as November to pay for renovations and technology upgrades at schools. If an upcoming local demographics report indicates the district is in need of a new school, some of the bond could be dedicated for that need, interim superintendent Jim Hansen said.
He said a poll is underway to evaluate community support and what bond residents would support. However, he said his best estimate at this point would be a $312 million bond at a cost of $60 per $100,000 assessed property valuation.
School board president Jamie Hintzke said voters would see a list of specific projects and dollar amounts for each project when they vote, but the district has not created the final project list at this point.
School board member Mark Miller said many of Pleasanton's schools have long been need of upgrades, but those projects were put on hold after the recession.
"They're showing their age in many ways, so I think we really need to do this," he said.
Mayor Jerry Thorne and other members of the city council urged caution about this bond measure on the November ballot, given the fact the ballot is expected to have a high number of tax-based measures.
"I always worry that if someone sees lots of bond measures and tax measures on a ballot that they'll just say no to everything," Thorne said.
The meeting also covered an overview of the city's Civic Center Library Master Plan so far, including suggested layouts of a combined center and library facility, a review of a market analysis for ways to use the existing Civic Center site and projections of future library patrons' needs.
City Manager Nelson Fialho said Pleasanton has the smallest library of Alameda County's cities but has the highest visitation rate per capita.
City officials provided an update about a joint plan to renovate Amador Valley High's traffic pattern. The city council and school board discussed the plan's budget and proposed design, which includes adding a sidewalk, adding a traffic signal on Santa Rita Road and adjusting the student parking lot slightly.
The city noted that while construction starts May 9, the contractor for this project has agreed not to work during Amador Valley's finals, so students won't be distracted by the noise. Construction is expected to end Aug. 2.