PUSD board reviewing options to pay for new school on Donlon site

Also: New classes up for debate, Haugen scholarship winners, 2017-18 audit

The Pleasanton school board has selected the Donlon property for the placement of a new school. The new building will hold students in fourth and fifth grade, while the existing building would be converted into a TK-3. (Image courtesy of PUSD)

As part of moving forward with building a second campus on the Donlon Elementary School property, the Pleasanton school board is set Tuesday to discuss how the district will finance construction of the project.

At the meeting, trustees and district staff will review various financing options to pay for the estimated $61.25 million project, as well as discuss the projected $900,000 of annual general fund expenditures that would be needed to cover administrative and operational costs.

Approved in concept at the board's Dec. 18 meeting, the new school on the Donlon property will be designated for approximately 500 fourth- and fifth-grade students and cost an estimated $54.53 million, while the existing campus will be converted into a transitional kindergarten through third-grade school with a projected enrollment of 700 students and an estimated cost of $380,000.

Staff have projected that $6.34 million will be needed for additional traffic mitigation that would include a new 64-car parking lot and additional drop-off zone at the northeast corner of the site along Dorman Road.

The administration has recommended a total $49.6 million budget allocation from existing district funding sources including: $3,480,169 from developers fees, $7,177,080 from the Sycamore Fund 40, $3.9 million from the Capital Fund 40 and the remaining $35 million from Measure I1 -- the facilities bond approved by district voters in 2016.

Staff have also listed reaching out to local partners for funding as an attractive option for the $6.34 million needed for additional traffic mitigation.

District staff will look to return to the issue at the board’s Feb. 12 meeting to finalize financial plan for the project and make a recommendation.

The PUSD Board of Trustees' regular meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* A special recognition ceremony will introduce and honor the 2018 Juanita Haugen Scholarship recipients. Ellen Ebbers, Zara Fatteh, Sander Head and Paulina Umansky received the annual scholarship for best reflecting compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity and self-discipline as a way to improve the community and the world.

* A series of eight new courses and seven revised course outlines will be discussed as district staff work to anticipate students needs and desires for the 2019-20 school year.

The eight new classes pertain only to high school students: cyber security, calculus, honors aerospace, honors civil engineering and architecture, honors digital electronics, honors human body systems, honors medical interventions and honors principles of engineering.

The seven revised course outlines include: reading and language, high school English, AP U.S. history, AP macroeconomics, AP human geography, AP psychology and African American literature.

Revised course outlines will be used for grades nine through 12 -- with the exception of reading and language, which would be used in middle school special day class.

* Trustees will discuss increasing the per-mile reimbursement rate for employees from 54.5 cents per mile to 58 cents.

* The board will review purchasing new equipment for schools for its 21st century classroom audio-visual pilots, at a total cost of $84,000.

If approved all school sites will be equipped with Aver interactive flat panels, an interactive  audio visual screen meant to enhance teaching and learning.

* Trustees will look to approve the acquisition of new educational materials for AP Human Geography. If approved $53,000 will be needed from instructional materials adoption fund.

* Staff will present an update on the district's "Spring 2018 Physical Fitness Test" results, which is mandatory for all public school students in grades five, seven and nine.

* Trustees will discuss approving a waiver approving Kelsey Kemp as a behavioral specialist for all school sites.

* Representatives from Cossolias, Wilson, Dominguez and Leavitt will present the board with its independent financial audit report, for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

* That segues into the next board discussion, a review of the PUSD’s 2017-18 Measure I1 performance and financial audits report.

* Trustees will discuss approving an early notification incentive of intent to retire for both certificated non-management and certificated management employees.

If approved up to 10 employees who submit a retirement request no later than Feb. 15, will receive a $1,000 incentive bonus. The 10 employees will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Trustees will discuss appointing certified public accountant Lewis Liu to serve a 1.5-year term on the district’s Board Audit Committee.

* Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget proposal will also be discussed, and staff will review the finer points of the proposal.

* Trustees will discuss establishing a Board Budget Subcommittee that if approved would be comprised of two trustees.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 14, 2019 at 11:57 am

This is not what voters approved a bond for.
This was not an option on the survey sent to the community to provide input on.
The right and ethical thing to do is to cancel this bond, return the money to tax payers and put the real cost of a new school on the ballot.

........and to add insult to injury we get a request from the district to fully fund public education? Why?! So decisions like this can be made? Maybe there was a good reason full funding was pulled.

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Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Why spend $61.25 million? Why don't you just get a couple of school buses and rent out an empty school in Livermore? It would be cheaper and Livermore Schools could use the money to pay our $410,433.71 a year Superintendent Kelly Bowers and her $46,166.60 a year son Steven Pangelinan that she hired.

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