The Pleasanton Unified school board approved a contract amendment for Superintendent David Haglund Tuesday night that retroactively increased his annual salary and awarded him an extra $10,000 bonus after completing his first year with the district.
The unanimous decision came at the conclusion of a four-hour-long open session.
“We as a board feel strongly that stability and longevity in leadership are crucial for effectively progressing our district on its important goals,” said board president Mark Miller after reading aloud the amendment.
Trustee Joan Laursen added, “We’re delighted to have your continued work with us.”
The amendment gives Haglund a 2% salary raise for the 2017-18 school year, along with a one-time bonus worth 1% of his salary -- compensation increases aligned with those recently approved for the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), deputy superintendent of business services Micaela Ochoa and assistant superintendent of educational services Odie Douglas.
He was also given a bonus of $10,000 “in recognition of an outstanding performance and service,” staff wrote in their report. This additional payment will not affect his annual base salary amount.
The increases are retroactive to July 2017, the time Haglund began working for the district.
With the updated compensation increases ($7,950 for both the 2% ongoing raise and 1% one-time bonus) Haglund’s salary for the 2017-18 school year will total $270,300. The $10,000 bonus will “be made as practicable following ratification of this amendment,” staff wrote.
In other superintendent-related news, the board announced results from Haglund’s public employee evaluation from May 14. Miller lauded him for forging a strong relationship with the board.
“Through his leadership, we are also focused on supporting superior academic achievement for all of our students and increased organizational effectiveness and efficiency,” Miller said. “In addition, transparency, trust and openness are improving in our district.”
Haglund’s upcoming employment anniversary in July will mark the first time the district will have a sitting superintendent reach their second year of employment since Parvin Ahmadi’s tenure ended in June 2015.
The open session meeting ended at 11:10 p.m., at which point the board adjourned to another closed session.
In other business
*During closed session, the board appointed Mary Jude Doerpinghaus as Pleasanton Unified’s director of special education and Amber Carrion as a new Foothill vice principal, replacing Marcel Baker.
Doerpinghaus joins PUSD from the San Carlos School District, where she has been serving as interim superintendent and assistant superintendent of educational services. Carrion has been a math teacher within the district since 2006.
*The board officially recognized members of the Local Control and Accountability Committee and facilitators from the district’s School Smarts Parents Academy, which aims to familiarize parents new to California or to the country with their new school system
*The board heard updates and held a public hearing on the proposed Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2018-21.
This was the first reading of the LCAP, which is a three-year plan, updated annually, that is part of California’s funding formula established in 2013. The plan identifies the school district’s key, state-aligned goals for students, action steps that will be taken to achieve these goals (including expenditures), and how these goals will be assessed.
Some of the recommended goals in the proposed LCAP include increased support for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports), increased employees to provide counseling support, support for intervention and integration specialists, more funding for ELD (English language development) sections at the secondary level, increase in the AVID coordinator’s section time, and professional development for school site council and parent liaisons regarding family engagement.
As part of the reading, director of assessment and accountability Pam VandeKamp pointed to data tracking student performance both overall and within pre-identified, targeted groups, such as the CTE/ROP and mariachi programs.
VandeKamp also highlighted feedback garnered through the Local Control Advisory Committee’s “listening campaign” earlier this year. She noted that the parents surveyed were especially concerned about student suspensions, and that tutoring services were perceived by the largest percentage of respondents to be most effective in supporting students.
In a discussion following the report, trustees honed in on student suspensions; in particular, they requested additional data on student vaping use.
*The board held a public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 district budget, presented by Tom Gray, executive director of fiscal services.
Per the proposed budget, the unrestricted revenue for the General Fund is expected to total $139,383,593, with unrestricted expenditures coming out to $119,341,123.
Gray especially highlighted increases in STRS and PERS funding of 1.85% and 2.51%, respectively, along with an anticipated increase in average daily attendance (ADA) from 14,360 to 14,587 students, which in part determines funding a district receives from the state -- the ADA projected, Gray said in response to a question from board vice president Valerie Arkin, is more conservative than the enrollment projections determined by demographers.
*The board heard an update on the Measure I1 Facilities Expenditure Plan, taking into consideration changes requested by board members on April 10. The update was originally scheduled for the May 22 board meeting, but was postponed due to time constraints.
The plan details how the $270 million from the Measure I1 school facilities bond, approved by voters in 2016, should be spent, in five separate issuances.
In particular, staff made adjustments to the allocation of funding for the VoIP systems being installed. Previously, the full $6.7 million for this category had been evenly divided between Issuance B and Issuance C, set for 2019 and 2022, respectively. In light of board feedback, the issuance scheduled had been adjusted so that the full amount for the VoIP system would be disbursed all at once.
Nick Olsen, director of facilities and construction, said the 460-page document was distinct from the more traditional plan put together in 2013, more data and scope-oriented.
“This was more focused on how we spend I1 dollars,” he said.
The plan is set to be brought back to the board for approval at the June 26 meeting.
*Trustees heard a report on a new online reservation system for district facilities, after having approved a contract with Facilitron, Inc. for these services earlier in the meeting on the consent agenda. Currently, the system is operated via paper, said Myla Grasso, director of operations.
Staff said the program would help streamline the process, and reduce the back-and-forth between renter and the district, particularly as images of all the available facilities would be posted online.
*The board approved the solicitation of proposals for solar installations at Amador Valley High School. According to Olsen, the PPA agreement stipulates the company that wins the bid will be charged with maintenance of the installations.
*Superintendent Haglund reported out on the community input meetings held in May to discuss how the district can address enrollment issues in northern Pleasanton.
Some of the options being considered include adjusting school boundaries, increasing the capacity at Donlon Elementary and Hart Middle School, building a new elementary school and using a K-8 school configuration at two existing schools.
“The community was very understanding in the sense that they realize that probably none of these options are going to make everybody happy,” Haglund said. Traffic concerns, however, featured prominently at the input sessions.
The district is still collecting community feedback, and staff is now pushing an electronic survey open to all community members, regardless of whether they have children in the district or not. The survey will remain open through July 13.
*The board awarded a $164,000 bid for the installation of upgraded door hardware at Foothill High School to BOBO Construction.
*Trustees approved HKIT architects as the architectural firm for the leased portable replacement project at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.
*The board approved a contract with Fuel Education for summer school.
*Consideration of the district technology plan was moved to the June 26 board meeting due to the late hour.