School board approves $31,000 Measure I1 project

Appointments, Red Ribbon Week resolution also part of Tuesday meeting

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night authorized expending $31,000 in Measure I1 bond funds toward an AT&T fiber upgrade project.

As part of their consent agenda, trustees ratified a contract that will allow JD Cahill Electric to verify and install new raceways for an AT&T fiber upgrade at Alisal, Lydiksen, Mohr and Valley View elementary schools and Hart Middle School.

The contract approval came after the board last month unanimously authorized spending $432,000 in bond revenue on 450 Macbook Air laptops and 132 external DVD drives for K-8 teachers and instructional staff, the first Measure I1 project contract approved under the initial $72 million issuance.

That revenue will go toward staff and student technology; the Lydiksen Elementary rebuild; certificates of participation debt payoff; modernizations qualifying for state funding; infrastructure, safety and security projects, and a new elementary school feasibility study.

Other items approved as part of Tuesday’s consent agenda were a $45,000 contract for a new entry door at Valley View Elementary -- which will be paid for with deferred maintenance funds -- and a resolution recognizing Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31. The display of red ribbons “symbolize our unity against substance abuse,” an excerpt from the resolution reads.

“We work in partnership with parents, places of worship, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups to encourage all students to choose lifestyles free of substance abuse,” part of the resolution states.

In other action Tuesday, the board announced out of closed session the selection of Myla Grasso as director of maintenance, operations and transportation and Edward Diolazo as assistant superintendent of student support services.

Grasso has over 20 years’ experience serving in a variety of roles for PUSD, including public information officer and coordinator of purchasing, warehouse and graphics. She had been working as interim director of maintenance, operations and transportation since August.

Grasso holds a bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering from UC Davis.

Diolazo most recently worked as director of special services for San Lorenzo Unified School District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in counseling and clinical child psychology from Cal State East Bay.

Later in the meeting the board approved a contract for Diolazo that will see him earn a base annual salary of $197,000 through June 30, 2020.

The next school board meeting will be a workshop starting at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday Oct. 19 to review the governance handbook and strategic plan. The board’s next regular meeting is Oct. 24.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Fiber cable and raceways. Great. That is a capital improvement. Totally in line with the bond.

Laptops are like bic lighters. Show me how many of those laptops are still operable on-site in three years. I bet 30% are lost or broken. The IRS doesn't even make our businesses capitalize laptops anymore. The are a consumable.

Stick to capital improvements PUSD.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Is the fiber upgrade being done at Lydiksen School before the bulldozer comes or after it is rebuilt, sure would be a waste of money to upgrade before the demolition but it would make a great excuse to delay the promised rebuild.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm

I really don't know the terms of the laptop purchases. Financially it could very well make sense.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

I don't understand why Haglund, the PUSD superintendent, on his Sept 25th posting on his Twitter account under "What Did Haglund Learned Today" has a picture with a man's hand on a woman's rear end with the caption that says "The Hand Position Says It All" that says things like friend, pervert, boyfriend, virgin...

When you look at this Twitter of his account Web Link and scroll to the Sep 25 posting, what in the world is this?

What is going on?

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