Pleasanton school board meets tonight on Prop 55 endorsement, state testing results

Trustees meeting 1 day early because of Yom Kippur

Reviewing state standardized test results, supporting Proposition 55 and updating its conflict of interest policy are among the items up for discussion at the Pleasanton school board meeting Monday evening.

Normally scheduled on Tuesdays, the regular board meeting was moved up a day because of Yom Kippur.

The Board of Trustees will hear and discuss a presentation on the district's 2015-16 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress results.

Pleasanton students overall performed better in the second year of the CAASPP testing, with 81% meeting or exceeding English language arts and literacy standards and 76% meeting or exceeding mathematics standards according to data released in August. That marked an improvement of 1% and 3% over last year, respectively.

Staff will share with the board how PUSD's results compare with school districts locally and statewide. They will also give an overview of resources meant to help students, parents and community members understand these results and highlight next steps.

The CAASPP replaced Standardized Testing and Reporting examinations two years ago and incorporates new Common Core standards that challenge students to use critical thinking and solve complex problems. It is an online test given in grades three through eight and grade 11.

The board will also be asked to approve a resolution to support California's Proposition 55.

Prop 55, known as the Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act, would extend the temporary personal income tax increases on those with high incomes implemented as part of Prop 30 for 12 more years.

The estimated $4 to $9 billion in revenue generated annually from 2019-30 would fund education and health care. Tax revenues would be allocated between K-12 schools and community colleges at rates of 89% and 11%, respectively, and up to $2 billion in certain years would fund health care programs.

Without an extension, the temporary tax would be phased out starting in 2018 and then expire the following year.

As a part of the resolution supporting Prop 55, the school board would urge the state legislature to "work with the public education community to identify stable, long-term, adequate funding solutions for public schools."

Trustees are also expected to discuss an update to its policy on conflict of interest. The Political Reform Act requires local agencies to review their conflict of interest code for accuracy in even-numbered years whether or not it needs to be amended. The last time the Pleasanton board revised its policy was September 2012.

The district will ask the board to review and discuss the proposed policy updates, which consist of minor clerical modifications. The second reading of the policy would go before the board on Oct. 25 for final approval.

The school board meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. Monday in the district office boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* As a part of the consent agenda, the board is expected to authorize a mitigation agreement between the district and Ponderosa Homes II, Inc. that would bring in $775,440 in school impact fees.

All new residential and commercial construction requires that a mitigation amount be paid to the district before a county or City of Pleasanton building permit will be issued.

The developer fees are affiliated with the Sycamore Project, the planned construction of 36 single-family residential units on Valley Trails Drive.

The money would go into the district's capital facilities fund, according to a board memo.

* District officials will ask the board to approve the adoption of new curriculum for elementary and middle school students with dyslexia. The Wilson, Fundations and Just Words programs would be used primarily by resource specialists for students with significant reading and/or spelling difficulties.

* Assistant superintendent of human resources Dianne Howell will request that the board approve a provisional internship permit for Sonja Cortopassi, who was hired as a behavior specialist last school year. The permit would allow her to continue working as a behavior specialist while she completes a credential program.

* In closed session, the board will take up unspecified personnel actions, confer with its labor negotiator and consider a student expulsion case.

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