School board talking enrollment, demographics with annual report review

Also: Pleasanton housing trends, and compensation increases for cabinet and trustees

Enrollment trends and student demographics will be a main topic of conversation at Tuesday’s Pleasanton school board meeting, where the trustees will review the annual California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) report.

Facts and figures to be discussed include the total increase of student population compared to last year, historical trends over the past five years and student enrollment broken down by ethnicity.

The report found that as of Jan. 14, student enrollment had increased to 14,982 students. This is an increase of 24 students since October 2018, and an increase of 136 students since October 2017, according to the report.

It has also found that as of Jan. 14, 304 students have been overflowed away from their neighborhood school to another school within the district.

CBEDS also includes statistics on the demographics of students enrolled in the district’s public institutions. The report found that as of October 2018, students of Asian descent make up 43.8% of the population, followed by white students who make up 37.38%, and then Hispanic students who account for 9.7%.

The remaining 9.12% is comprised of students who identify as African American, Pacific Islander, mixed race or American Indian or were students who declined to state their ethnicity.

The report will exclude information on Pleasanton students enrolled in non-public schools.

PUSD officials will meet to discuss student enrollment and various issues facing the community at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, 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

* Housing trends at the state and local level will also be a topic of discussion when trustees review how these trends may affect the district.

Recent changes to housing laws have presented unique challenges to communities like Pleasanton. Tuesday’s meeting will highlight some potential future changes in housing legislation and provide trustees and community members to engage in discussion on those issues.

Issues associated with a lack of housing and a booming population are not isolated to areas outside of Pleasanton, where the city’s population has quadrupled since 1970, according to a PUSD staff report

The city of Pleasanton's community development director, Gerry Beaudin, will be joining Superintendent David Haglund in reviewing the challenges facing the city and school district.

* Compensation increases for PUSD’s executive cabinet will also be on the docket, when trustees discuss approving a 2.5% increase for those staff members.

According to a district staff report, the 2.5% increase for the district’s cabinet will have a total financial increase in spending of $33,075. Salary increases will go into effect before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

The cabinet raises would fall in line with pay bumps already approved for unionized, unrepresented and management employees.

* Next trustees will discuss their own compensation and consider a 5% increase in the stipend they personally receive on a monthly basis, the largest percentage the board is allowed to approve at this time.

The recommended 5% equates to $21 per month, resulting in school board members receiving a total of $441 a month or $5,292 annually. If approved, the increase in expenditures would result in the board collectively receiving $26,460 a year.

The board’s current stipend of $420 per month has been in effect since June 2017

* A consent agenda item held over from the district’s Jan. 15 meeting, trustees will consider approving a series of eight new courses and seven revised course outlines.

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