The Pleasanton school board is set to consider raises for classified and management/confidential employees at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The proposed new collective bargaining agreement with the California School Employees Association includes a 2% increase to the 2017-18 salary schedule, retroactive to July 1. CSEA members would also receive a one-time bonus equal to 1% of their salary this school year, to be calculated after the 2% increase is applied.
The agreement itself is for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
The proposal comes after the school board in November approved a collective bargaining agreement between PUSD and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers with the same raises for its members.
The district’s agreement with APT took effect retroactive to July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2019.
Meanwhile, trustees will also consider a comparable salary increase being proposed for management/confidential employees.
The board will also be presented with initial collective bargaining proposals between the district and APT for 2018-19.
The meeting will get underway in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave. at 7 p.m. following closed session at 6 p.m.
In other business
* The board will discuss administration’s recommendation that MeTEOR Education be selected as the furniture vendor for the bond-funded Lydiksen Elementary School modernization and rebuild.
MeTEOR was one of four firms that responded to a Request for Proposals issued by the district in October.
If approved as the furniture vendor, the district would purchase pilot furniture for up to three existing classroom prototypes -- kindergarten, grades 1-3 and grades 4-5. Students and staff would test different furniture styles and configurations for at least one full school year before a bulk order would be made for all classrooms. The pilot furniture selection will influence the design of new classroom buildings, PUSD staff wrote in Tuesday’s board packet.
Pilot furniture would be installed in the summer for use next school year.
The estimated furniture budget for the project is $400,000 in Measure I1 funds.
Pending board discussion, administrators plan to return to the board on Jan. 30 to request approval of a contract with MeTEOR.
* Trustees will review the June 30, 2017 audit report.
The California State Controller’s Office requires school districts to have an independent financial audit completed by Dec. 15 of every year. Gilbert Associations conducted the audit, which included a review of districtwide financial statements and a mandated management discussion and analysis.
The auditor issued an unmodified opinion, according to district staff.
“An unmodified opinion is where an auditor expresses an opinion that financial statements are presented, in all material aspects, in accordance with applicable financial reporting framework,” staff wrote in Tuesday’s board packet.
* The board will discuss and consider approval of three new courses and 32+ revised secondary courses proposed for the 2018-19 school year and beyond.
The proposed new courses are vocal jazz ensemble, advanced STEAM and Mentoring Through Agriculture.
Any courses not approved Tuesday would be resubmitted in the spring.
* Trustees will receive a mid-year update on the Student Inter-Schools Action Council.
* As part of the consent agenda, trustees will be asked to approve a contract with Black Tie Transportation for district charter trips at a cost not to exceed $100,000 through June 30, as well as a contract with Pearson Education for $57,000 in instructional materials.
* In closed session beginning at 6 p.m., trustees will consider appointing a substitute assistant director of special education, as well as one case of employee discipline, dismissal or release. They will also discuss anticipated litigation and existing litigation -- Luis Mercado vs. PUSD -- with legal counsel.
Mercado, a skilled maintenance worker for PUSD from August 2008 through mid-April 2013, filed a wrongful termination suit against the district in October 2015. He alleged in his complaint that he was “screamed at, ridiculed, threatened and otherwise chronically harassed” by supervisors, and as a result became clinically depressed and unable to work.
After notifying PUSD in March 2013 that he was sick, Mercado said he later received a letter from the district stating, “If you do not request the opportunity to demonstrate good cause to excuse your absence by close of business on Monday, April 15, 2013, you will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from your employment with the district.”
Mercado claimed in his lawsuit that he did not receive the letter until April 19, 2013 and that PUSD “wrongfully terminated his employment for his absence due to mental disability.”
The case was dismissed in July, and in the fall Alameda County Superior Court awarded the district $10,000 for attorney’s fees and $2,500 in other costs, according to court documents.