Pleasanton school board to discuss updated governance handbook, summer school tonight

Approval of district's 2015-16 fiscal year financial statements also on agenda

The Pleasanton school board will receive a report on the 2016 summer school program and consider approving a revised governance handbook and unaudited financial statements at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

After participating in a workshop to discuss revising the handbook at its last meeting Aug. 23, the school board will be asked to adopt the updated document Tuesday.

The governance handbook outlines the board's roles and responsibilities as well as protocols for different situations members encounter, like voting during meetings and handling concerns from the public.

Based on recommendations made during last month's workshop, the school board will consider adopting a handbook with a range of changes. The governance norms list, for example has been truncated, with items like “(we agree to) disagree agreeably” and “(we agree to) recognize the positive” removed. The current board suggested a couple additions, like “Be respectful of each other, administration, staff and community members at all times.”

Other recommended changes deal with correcting outdated district information and clarifying certain board protocols.

The board will discuss and be asked to approve the district's 2015-16 fiscal year unaudited financial statements after a presentation by Micaela Ochoa, deputy superintendent of business services.

Unaudited financial statements are the basis for school districts to report their actual revenues, expenditures and fund balances at the end of every fiscal year. This information is reported to the Board of Education, Alameda County Office of Education and California Department of Education.

Ochoa's presentation will highlight changes between the unaudited actuals and the estimated actuals that were presented in June. It will also address various district contributions and reserve funds.

Heather Pereira, district coordinator of extended day academic intervention programs, will give a presentation on how summer school went. Summer school was offered at the elementary, middle and high school level with nearly 1,200 students enrolled. A board discussion will follow.

The school board is also expected to approve a memorandum of understanding between Pleasanton Unified School District and Dublin Unified School District. The Pleasanton school district wants to employ two Dublin occupational therapists to work with special education students at various school sites in Pleasanton. The agreement states that PUSD will reimburse DUSD no more than $257,536.22 for their services this school year.

The board may also approve a provisional internship permit for a new resource specialist at Harvest Park Middle School. The permit would allow Rita Camberos, whom the district has deemed the most qualified candidate, to fill that position despite not yet completing her California credential program. The district does this occasionally, according to a board memo.

The meeting will start in closed session at 5 p.m. On that agenda is a superintendent evaluation and conferences with the district's labor negotiator and legal counsel over anticipated litigation.

The meeting will be held at school district headquarters at 4665 Bernal Ave.

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