School board meets tonight on budget revisions, recycled water uses

Contract amendments among consent agenda items

Budget and contract revisions as well as a recycled water proposal are among the items on the Pleasanton school board's agenda for its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputy Superintendent of Business Services Micaela Ochoa will give a report to the board on the district's 45-day budget revise, a required practice that follows the governor's signoff of the annual budget.

According to a general fund summary included in the board packet, the district is anticipating deficit spending $276,050 greater than originally forecast. District revenue this fiscal year will be slightly less than anticipated, $142.8 million versus just shy of $143 million. These adjustments will cause the deficit to top $3 million.

The board will review a resolution that would allow Hart Middle School to use non-potable recycled water for irrigation. The school district and the city of Pleasanton have been working toward converting the school's irrigation system from potable to recycled water since last year.

The city has received approval from the State Water Resources Control Board to proceed with the connection of Hart Middle School to the city's recycled water system.

The board will also be asked to approve waiver applications to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requesting authorization so the district can bring on a new speech therapist and resource specialist. School boards may approve such a waiver application when a fully credentialed candidate is not available for a posted position.

There are also several consent items on the agenda, proposals that are typically grouped and approved altogether.

The board is expected to approve an addendum to the employment agreement with Superintendent Rick Rubino. Rubino and the board want to amend the life insurance section of the contract. The original agreement stipulated that the district would purchase a life insurance policy with a $500,000 death benefit, with 40% of the benefit going to PUSD and the other 60% to a beneficiary of Rubino's choosing. Now the district plans to reimburse Rubino for the annual policy premium and change the death benefit to $300,000 with the superintendent able to designate the beneficiaries.

The board may also approve amending the change order with Alaniz Construction for the playground paving project at Harvest Park Middle School. The deferred maintenance project, slated to cost just over $200,000, needs an additional $20,850 so the contractor can install pavement fabric across the entire playground. During the project, which started on July 21, the contractor discovered 118 abandoned 2-inch diameter steel pipes cut flush at abandoned concrete footings under existing asphalt. The district believes this is the result of several playground additions and eliminations undertaken over the years.

The pavement fabric would overlay existing subsurface to the steel pipes and concrete footings.

The school board will meet in closed session at 6 p.m., where it will confer with legal counsel over anticipated litigation.

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