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.