Pleasanton's school board approved a contract Tuesday night to confirm Rick Rubino as the district's new superintendent, officially ending the search for a new schools leader.
Rubino, currently the superintendent at Gridley Unified in Butte County, will start in Pleasanton on July 1. His contract, which is available for public viewing in the online board agenda, states he will earn a base salary of $256,000. Interim superintendent Jim Hansen will continue leading the district until June 30 while Rubino wraps up the school year at his district.
His three-year contract includes 24 days of vacation, plus holidays and 12 days of sick leave. He will receive a district "mobile communication device," access to a professional leadership coach for a year (up to $400 in services a month), and options for medical, vision and dental benefits.
Employment decisions were a constant theme throughout the board meeting. The district is looking at laying off some certificated and classified employees after a lag in one-time funding that was fueling some positions.
Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced during public comment that it would be donating $570,000 to the district for the 2016-17 school year -- partially to save jobs that would have been laid off.
Later in the meeting the board continued with layoffs for 1.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) certificated positions rather than holding administrative hearings prior to layoffs, down from 25.9 FTE. Some of the employees who would have been laid off were restored, and others decided to retire or resign instead.
Those layoffs had been approved by the board in February, pending a final state and district budget, and Tuesday's decision was the final stage in the layoff process, assistant superintendent of human resources Dianne Howell said. The layoff settlement agreement gives each employee 35% of Kaiser's current health maintenance organization (HMO) rate for one month's coverage of health insurance, with no dependents.
PPIE has dedicated $360,000 of those donations to fund the salaries for four instructional coaches, PPIE executive director Susan Hayes said. Additionally, $60,000 will go toward the district's fifth grade band and strings program to keep it fully funded, donations that will be given alongside funds from Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (PSEE).
The remaining $150,000 will go toward technology needs at middle schools, high schools and the district's preschools, she said. That includes $40,000 to Amador Valley, $30,000 to Foothill, $30,000 to Harvest Park, $25,000 to Pleasanton Middle, $20,000 to Hart, $3,000 to Village, $1,000 to the Harvest Park preschool and $1,000 to a district preschool.
Since the last meeting, the board received news that this fundraising means the fifth-grade band and strings program can continue fully funded. As of the board's April 19 meeting, .71 full-time equivalent positions from the program weren't funded, which includes several part-time teachers.
The board also approved layoff decisions for 13 staff members whose jobs were fueled by one-time dollars that were not renewed, including 10 library assistants. District staff emphasized they hoped the state's May revise, expected within a week, will have more funding for public schools so the district can keep some of those positions.
In other school news:
-The board appointed Josh Butterfield as a permanent vice principal at Foothill High. He has previously been an interim principal at the school.
-The board appointed David Young as the new director of facilities, maintenance, operation and transportation.
-The board approved a settlement to reimburse an unnamed student's educational expenses at $11,250 per year.
-The district also rehired 16 temporary teachers and employees who were scheduled to be automatically released at the end of the school year, per district protocol.