Messy Donlon

Val Vista residents Audrey and Mark Purnell sent this photo of Donlon's grounds to the Pleasanton Unified Board of Trustees. They expressed the concern that Donlon was getting ignored in terms of upkeep. (Photo courtesy of Purnells)

Val Vista residents Audrey and Mark Purnell sent photos of the grounds at Donlon Elementary to the Pleasanton Unified Board of Trustees and the Weekly, noting the scraggly, unkempt appearance at the school this summer and expressing the concern that Donlon was getting ignored in terms of upkeep.

PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon told the Weekly that district staff have a rotating schedule for weed abatement at school sites, and that Donlon is scheduled for this weekend. The district is also trialing an eco-friendly weed remover as an alternate to Round Up, which functions a little slower, Gannon added.

He also said that the district tries to conserve water over the summer, especially in consideration of the state's dry conditions.

"We'll continue to do our best to meet the many needs at all of our school sites," Gannon said. "We have fewer staff over the summer, but will continue to make headway."

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Posted by James
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm

It's not just Donlon that looks bad...take a walk around Val Vista Park. There are falling branches, an entire section with picnic tables that can't be used because they are surrounded by high grass, and when they mow they just leave the clippings where they fall making that area unusable and pretty smelly as they dry out. They do take care of the soccer fields though and vacuum those clippings, but from what I understand the soccer groups pay extra for that service.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm

I applaud them for not just accepting this - we pay a lot of money and should expect our investment in schools to be maintained year round. These grounds set the tone for how schools are to be treated. Are used yr round by neighborhoods. We should expect better and this is a good way of making the concerns very visible.

I've gone so far (and I know others have as well) to mow the fields to allow sports teams to practice. We should take pride and ownership in our schools

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Posted by Neighbor of Donlon
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm

This year is actually better than the last few years. In the past you could get lost in the tall grass. It has been down hill since the district stopped caring for their field and scared off the soccer clubs several years ago.

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Posted by Hansen Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 13, 2018 at 10:53 am

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PUSD is also not caring for the fields at Hart and PMS. The grass doesn't appear to be watered and has not been mowed for quite some time.

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Posted by Val Vista Mom
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

It isn’t just Donlon’s grass area in fromt and in the back that seem unattended. Hart’s field looks equally as bad. Both fields looked like they are not being watered either.

What the heck? Makes the neighborhood look dumpy....what are my tax dollars paying for?

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Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2018 at 12:51 am

Could be worse. Here in Livermore Superintendent Kelly Bowers just got her board to rubber stamp $12 million for her office building in the hills. Livermore Measure J money that was supposed to be spent on schools is instead spent on Class A business buildings[removed] Board "approval" happened on the evening of July Third, right before the holiday.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

Money in Superintendant's pocket, not where it should have gone. Donlon and others are in bad shape. Juanita, we so loved you and you are so missed. Pleasanton Schools are in the toilet sweet lady.

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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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Donlon school was cleaned up Sunday. A squeaky wheel does get attention.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 16, 2018 at 6:57 pm

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Highdiver, do you know ifbitvwas it by the district or city or neighbors/volunteers?

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