The Pleasanton school board is set to hear a preview for and proposed recommendations to address over-enrollment issues in the northern part of the city at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The discussion comes a week before a long-awaited workshop on this very issue. Currently, staff and board facility subcommittee members are recommending that on Dec. 18, the district “A) move forward with the new school option on the Donlon property, and B) place the work at Hart Middle School on hold until such time that we begin the work of improving the middle school science labs," according to the staff report.
Donlon Elementary and Hart Middle school are two of the primarily impacted campuses, and enrollment talks have revolved heavily around these two sites.
The board's staff report doesn't elaborate further on moving forward with the Donlon property would entail at this stage. The “work at Hart Middle School” mentioned in the recommendation refers to any work-related to enrollment solutions.
In recent reports, district demographers have predicted that growth in northern Pleasanton is on the rise, a growth that has been seen over the last few years. The area is expected to see a peak enrollment of nearly 2,900 students in 2023, an increase of about 460 students from fall 2017. On the other hand, southern schools’ enrollment are expected to remain stable or even decrease.
This year Donlon, located within the Val Vista neighborhood, was especially impacted -- as of Aug. 7, 103 Donlon resident students were overflowed to another campus.
PUSD has been evaluating various options to address the increased population, conducting surveys, holding community forums and partnering with the city to look into traffic studies and more. Options included adjusting school boundaries, building a new elementary school, converting Donlon and/or Hart Middle School (also impacted) into a K-8, and increasing enrollment capacities by expanding select school sites.
No action will be taken at Tuesday’s open session meeting, which will take place in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave. beginning at 7 p.m., following a closed session at 5:30 p.m.
In other business
* Kicking off the night, the board will hold its usual reorganization meeting, at which time they will select a new president, vice-president, along with appoint the representatives to various regional and local committees.
*The board will hold a public hearing on and consider approving a tentative agreement with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. In line with the recently approved agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), a major component of the CSEA agreement is a 2.5% raise, retroactive to July 1, 2018.
* Trustees will also consider approving a 2.5% raise for management/confidential employees, along with for unrepresented classified employees.
* Trustees will honor of Sarah Banholzer, an Amador Valley High School student who was named a Tri-Valley Hero by the Pleasanton Weekly this year.
* The board will consider approving summer programs for 2019.
* Board members will discuss approving a positive certification of the first interim budget.
* Board members will consider approving a request for allowance of attendance, in light of the district’s school closures on Nov. 16 due to poor air quality. If approved, the request will then go to the county and the state for review; if PUSD qualifies, they will not be penalized in terms of funding or need to make up instructional time.
* Trustees will weigh appointing community members to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The two candidates up for appointment include Arne Olson and Louis Asbury.
* The board will debate terminating existing contracts with HKIT Architects for portable replacements at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools, and consider approving new contracts with HKIT at the two sites that will include science lab upgrades along with the portable replacements.
* The board will consider approving a contract with CPS HR Consulting to conduct a classification and total compensation study.
* Board members will discuss the fiscal year 2017-18 capital funds financial report.
* During closed session beginning at 5:30 p.m., the board will consider undisclosed personnel actions, confer on ongoing labor negotiations with APT and CSEA, consider rejecting a claim brought forward by a student against the district, and consider readmission recommendations for two students.