No action at special school board meeting Tuesday night

Board holds closed session for 2nd week in a row

The Pleasanton school board took no action after meeting for more than an hour in closed session Tuesday night to discuss unspecified employee discipline and anticipated litigation.

It was the board's second special closed-session meeting in just over a week.

On Dec. 19, the board placed Superintendent Rick Rubino on paid administrative leave following a closed-session meeting with an agenda stating the board would hold discussions on "public employee discipline/dismissal/release" and two potential court cases.

The closed-session agenda for Tuesday night's meeting mirrored that of the Dec. 19 meeting, but it's not known whether trustees talked about the superintendent again.

District officials have said Rubino was placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a personnel matter but have declined to elaborate further.

It's not known how long the investigation will take, but the district is in the process of hiring an independent investigator to handle it. That investigator will report to the school board, district officials said.

The board's next regularly scheduled meeting is Jan. 17.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

No surprise. Certain Board members clearly are above thier heads.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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I don't think anyone is in over their heads. Putting a superintendent on leave is no small matter. Does anyone want a repeat of past personnel events: "Stop, BANG, or I'll shoot!"? I hope the board has a great attorney and that they are moving cautiously.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Good for the Board! I have no idea what is going on with this case, but it is good to see that the Board now understands that the Superintendent answers to them, not the other way around...

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Posted by Bay Area Native
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

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@ Sam:

What specific action should the board have taken at this meeting? Did you address the board in public comments prior to the meeting to express your concerns?

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Valley Trails
on Dec 30, 2016 at 11:23 am

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I understand you want to move with caution. As a Pleasanton parent, I would like to at least see a statement regarding 1) the safety of our kids and 2) financials: how is the investigation paid for, how long is the leave a paid leave, what are financial ramifications going forward? Have they made any statements like this yet?

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

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My best guesses:

School is out, but I am sure if this is still an issue when they return, our principals, teachers, and other administrators are going to be certain students are safe and learning. Ms. Micaela Ochoa, deputy superintendent (and currently sitting in the superintendent's role), could respond about how the investigation is paid for--I'm sure they have a couple choices. I believe the statement said on paid leave during the investigation, so it depends how long that takes. The superintendent essentially would have been on paid leave for the break anyway. Ramifications going forward--you can read the contract. If dismissed for cause, he is gone. If dismissed without cause, the law now limits that pay out to 12 months. Web Link

Otherwise, you can contact any of the board members. Joan Laursen is the current board president. Web Link

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