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School board considers approving new contract with teachers union

Also: AP History-Social Sciences materials, LCAP, facilities contracts

The Pleasanton Unified school board is set to hold a public hearing and consider approving a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers on Tuesday night.

The agreement would apply to the 2018-19 fiscal year. A large component of the contract is a 2.5% increase to the 2018-19 salary schedule, retroactive to July 1.

If approved per the staff recommendation, the settlement is projected to cost the district $2,163,073 for the year.

The proposed agreement also provides an annual stipend of $1,250 for speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, nurses and social workers. Additionally, the contract revises the language regarding leaves of absence in order to be in compliance with the California Rights Act, specifically amending items relating to child bonding leave and as to how employees accrue hours of service.

The agreement also includes instructional calendars for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, along with start and end dates for the 2021-22 year.

The regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the district office board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* The board will receive a report on updated instructional materials for Advanced Placement History-Social Sciences classes, specifically AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Human Geography and AP Psychology.

This comes eight years after the College Board redesigned the courses and exams for these classes, and publishers have created updated instructional materials to match the redesign.

* Trustees will discuss the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) local indicators, used to measure status and growth for California schools and districts.

* Board members will receive a report on, discuss and consider awarding an energy services contract for the design and installation of the district's Prop 39 funded energy project, the HVAC replacement at Pleasanton Middle School.

If approved, the contract would go to Indoor Environmental Services (IES), costing $30,000 from Prop 39 funds.

* The board will consider approving a contract with American Logistics Company (ALC) for special education transportation, for an amount not to exceed $150,000.

* The board will consider approving the updated PUSD governance handbook.

* Trustees will discuss potential nominees for the California School Board Association's Delegate Assembly.

* The board will honor students recognized by their teachers for demonstrating the character trait of "compassion."

* During closed session before the open meeting, the board will confer on ongoing negotiations with the district's bargaining units, and discuss some undisclosed personnel actions along with some anticipated litigation.

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Posted by Skeptical
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2018 at 8:43 pm

"If approved per the staff recommendation, the settlement is projected to cost the district $2,163,073 for the year.

The proposed agreement also provides an annual stipend of $1,250 for speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, nurses and social workers. Additionally, the contract revises the language regarding leaves of absence in order to be in compliance with the California Rights Act, specifically amending items relating to child bonding leave and as to how employees accrue hours of service."

What is the additional annual cost when including increased pension costs for both teachers and non-teachers, and increased time off and how employees accrue service?

What is the total cost of this contract when all factors are adequately evaluated? I do not think the $2,163,073 figure is accurate, or honest.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm

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I’d like to request a refund, as it appears Nov is pretty much a throw away month for education. I’ve spent more in extended day care and have had to leave work more because of all the short days, days off, etc this month. I really don’t feel we’re getting education in November


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

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Someone out here once called this “no school November”.

$2.2MM—I believe is the cost for teachers and includes pension escalations, not classified staff or management. I may have that answer somewhere. While I’m happy staff is getting a competitive increase, I want to understand why we keep hearing we don’t have funds to operate a new school.

I think the calendar years listed in the article might be a typo. We are already in the 18-19 school year and that calendar would have been adopted already.


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Posted by Erika Alvero, Staff Reporter
a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2018 at 9:58 am

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@Kathleen Ruegsegger, thank you for your comment. You are correct, the 2018-19 calendar had already been adopted, but because of a mismarked date, staff were taking the opportunity to correct the error. More specifics are available in the most recent school board story at Web Link.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 14, 2018 at 10:10 am

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Thanks Erika! I was just coming back to say you were correct. Also, in looking at the report, classified does not appear to have settled yet.


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