New superintendent contract on school board docket tonight

Rick Rubino set to make $256,000 as Pleasanton schools leader

The contract for Pleasanton's new superintendent is set to be approved by the school board Tuesday night, capping the process of searching for a new schools leader.

Rick Rubino, currently superintendent of Gridley Unified in Butte County, was announced as the district's new superintendent last month. He comes to the district after also working as as an assistant superintendent of personnel services at Martinez Unified and director of certificated personnel at Mt. Diablo Unified in Contra Costa County.

His proposed salary, as stated in the contract that begins July 1, is a base of $256,000. He will also receive 24 vacation days and cannot be on vacation while school is in session for more than two consecutive days without the school board's approval.

His contract also includes access to a professional leadership coach for a year at a cost of up to $400 a month. The board will access the superintendent's performance every year, and he will be given a district cell phone and membership to the Association of California School Administrators.

The board will also decide whether to approve settlement agreements with certificated staff who contested their impending layoffs. The board approved the layoffs of 25.9 permanent full-time equivalent positions at the end of the school year, which were being fueled by one-time funding from the state that wasn't renewed.

The board hopes to retain some of those positions through donations, as well as through additional state funding if a state budget update adds more money to public schools.

The settlement, in which classified employees remove their request for administrative hearings related to the layoffs, grants laid off employees first priority if positions open up. The district will also pay each employee 35% of Kaiser's current health maintenance organization (HMO) rate for one month's coverage of health insurance, with no dependents.

The board will meet Tuesday night at the district headquarters on Bernal Avenue at 5 p.m. for closed session and at 7 p.m. for open session.

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4 people like this
Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

What is wrong with this school board? The best they could do is hire a superintendent who is a couple of years from retirement. What lack of vision by the board. They clearly did not do a professional search or they set a very low bar in the their specs. We need an up an coming star to jump start the revival of this school district.

The board should rescind this misguided offer.

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