School board meets tonight on adult ed, curriculum for students with dyslexia

Meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom after closed session

Adult and career education, deferred maintenance and curriculum for students with dyslexia are among the subjects Pleasanton school board members are expected to discuss at their regular meeting tonight.

Trustees will hear a report from Beth Cutter, Pleasanton Unified School District's assistant director of adult and career education, on the department's current and future workshop offerings.

One such offering is the upcoming Community Education Series, a collaboration between Pleasanton Adult & Career Education (PACE), the City of Pleasanton, Parent-Teacher Association Council and Pleasanton Partnerships in Education.

The series will feature various workshops, film events and guest speakers including a special event with keynote speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” on Feb. 4 at Hart Middle School.

Cutter's presentation will provide more information on that series and other future workshops.

The board will also hear about deferred maintenance projects completed and planned at Harvest Park Middle School, Hart Middle School, Amador Valley High School, Foothill High School, and Mohr Elementary School.

In April, the board approved an agreement for various summer deferred maintenance projects including asphalt replacement at Harvest Park and removal and installation of flooring in the small gym at Foothill and in the multi-purpose rooms at Hart Middle and Mohr Elementary.

PUSD administration will provide the board with an update on those projects.

Administrators will also recommend that trustees approve new supplemental instructional materials for elementary and middle school students with dyslexia, phonological processing deficits and other reading challenges.

Following a discussion among trustees and district staff as well as comments from parents at its last meeting, the decision was made to bring the proposed curriculum adoption back for a second reading.

At the last meeting, district officials gave a presentation on the Wilson, Fundations and Just Words programs that would be used primarily by resource specialists for students with significant reading and/or spelling difficulties. In a board memo, they recommended that the board approve the adoption of these supplemental instructional materials while they await specific new guidelines from the state that would be implemented next school year.

The new guidelines stem from the passage of AB 1369 last fall, which requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop program protocol and educational services for students with dyslexia.

On Tuesday evening, administrators will present an updated proposal for the board's consideration that reflects input that trustees provided at the last meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* Trustees will be asked to approve a resolution for the release/non-reelection of an unnamed temporary certificated employee.

Under current education code, the board of trustees must take action to release a temporary employee who has been employed in a position requiring certification according to a board memo.

* In closed session at 6 p.m., trustees may take unspecified personnel actions and confer with the district's labor negotiator and legal counsel over anticipated litigation.

* The board is set to recognize the Hart Middle School Swing Dance finalists at the start of open session.

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Posted by HartParent
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

The Hart Middle School Swing Dance competition has gotten out of control.

It interferes with a week's worth of classes, pits friend against friend, encourages a semi-dating relationship with kids that are too young for it, it requires a needless search for a matching skirt and tie, it requires real sacrifice on the student's part to arrive early for practice sessions and meet with their partners outside of school, parents publicly shame competitors that "should not have continued", parents call the office to attempt to get their child back into the competition or complain that someone else should have been dropped, and it has very little to do with school other than teaching performance ability.

It should be reverted to a PE activity with partners selected from within each class. All practices should also be held within PE class. No special clothing should be required or even encouraged. Competitions should be held within each PE class and parents should be told when to see their child dance. A single final competition should be held between winners from each PE class at an assembly.

Why are they recognizing the winners of a dance competition at the school board meeting? Do they honor any winners of academic competitions?

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