The Pleasanton Unified School District board on Tuesday unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers for 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. The settlement is projected to annually cost the district $2,163,073 over the course of three years, according to the staff report.
"We really, really wanted to try to find a way to meet the requests of the teachers," Board President Mark Miller said, later thanking staff for their work "going through and making the necessary budget adjustments to accommodate this salary increase especially."
"It's going to take some belt-tightening in various areas, but we really do feel this is extremely important," he added.
Specifically, the costs incurred from the salary increases will come from reducing supply budgets across district departments, reducing travel and conference budgets, reducing textbook expenditures and reducing the district's utilities budget, according to the staff report.
The proposed agreement also provides an annual stipend of $1,250 for speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, nurses and social workers -- "hard to fill positions," according to Julio Hernandez, assistant superintendent of human resources.
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. Although, the 2018-19 calendar had already been approved, Feb. 7 had been mismarked on the original calendar, and so staff were taking this opportunity to correct the error.
APT president Janice Clark was not at the meeting in person, as she was with her daughter in Southern California, who had lost her home in the recent wildfires. However, the association's vice president spoke on Clark's behalf, thanking the board for their consideration of the agreement.
In other business
* The board heard a first review on updated instructional materials for four Advanced Placement (AP) history-social sciences classes, as a group of teachers presented the texts they had selected for potential use, up for possible approval at the next regular board meeting.
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.
The selected materials include basic textbooks, online resources and supplemental testing books, to be used for AP U.S. History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Human Geography and AP Psychology. New materials for AP U.S. Government and Politics along with AP World History will be presented at some point in the future, said director of secondary education Ken Rocha, once the College Board has finished redesigning those courses.
In selecting the materials, the panel of teachers said they looked at qualities like cultural relevance, how the texts supported students' development of 21st century skills and how the materials helped with "scaffolding" student learning -- especially considering that for many of the students enrolled in their courses, this was their first experience with an AP class.
The cost of the updated materials is estimated at $513,000. A separate report with actual expenses is set to return to the board for potential approval at their Dec. 11 meeting.
* Trustees heard a report on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) local indicators, used to measure status and growth for California schools and districts.
Pam VandeKamp, director of assessment and accountability, went over five of the state's priorities measured by these local indicators: specifically, basic conditions, implementation of state academic standards, parent engagement, school climate, and access to a broad course of study. The district has a variety of programs in place to measure these priorities, including School Smarts, the implementation of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, stakeholder surveys and more.
Although this was just a conversation, with no action taken, board members did question the indicators and whether they were in fact the best way to actually track these priorities. Trustee Jamie Yee Hintzke in particular pointed to the active parent-teacher associations at school sites along with parent volunteers as an example of high levels of engagement.
"To me that's something really critical, that's a really good indicator, at looking at ourselves, year over year," she said. "How much parent volunteerism do we really have? That's real parent engagement, and that isn't in here."
* Board members awarded an energy services contract to Indoor Environmental Services (IES) for the design and installation of the HVAC replacement at Pleasanton Middle School.
The contract will cost approximately $30,000 from Prop 39 funds.
* The board approved a contract with American Logistics Company (ALC) for special education transportation, for an amount not to exceed $150,000.
* Trustees approved the updated governance handbook.
*Board members voted unanimously to nominate Hintzke to the California School Board Association's Delegate Assembly.
* As part of their regular character trait recognitions, the board honored 14 students who had been nominated by their teachers for demonstrating "compassion" at school.
* Superintendent David Haglund took time in his report to address the fires raging across the state right now, noting that many groups across the district are working to support those affected, especially highlighting collection efforts by Amador band students.
In closing comments, he also added that PUSD is hosting a job fair at Village High School on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as the district seeks to hire additional substitute teachers and classified substitutes.