Two Pleasanton Unified School District principals are stepping down at the end of the school year, according to public records included in the agenda packet for Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
The district personnel document on the board’s consent calendar lists first-year Amador Valley High School principal Alberto Solorzano as officially submitting his resignation effective June 30 and Pleasanton Middle School principal Jill Butler as retiring on June 18.
Solorzano’s resignation request comes about a month after he was granted a leave of absence for personal reasons less than seven months into his first year at Amador. His absence since Feb. 20 for unspecified reasons has left many parents and students confused.
Earlier this month, district leaders promoted vice principal Nimarta Grewal to serve as interim principal Nimarta Grewal in Solorzano’s place; she is the fourth principal at Amador since the 2015-16 school year.
The district has not replied yet to request for comment, and Solorzano’s resignation letter has not been released publicly to date.
Butler also recently informed district leaders of her intent to step aside, by retiring after the school year to cap a public education career that included leading Pleasanton Middle School as principal since November 2015.
The Board of Trustees must formally approve personnel moves listed on the document, including the two principal resignations. The item is included in the board’s consent calendar, a collection of items deemed routine and acted upon all at once without discussion unless pulled for separate consideration.
The board's open-session regular meeting will start Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the district headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.
In other business
* No action will take place but the board is expected to continue an ongoing conversation about budget development for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including receiving a report on a preliminary document.
The budget assumptions document is meant to “provide an opportunity to engage in meaningful public dialogue regarding the budget, prior to the final budget adoption” and give trustees guidance and key information for the budget process.
Earlier this month, a $4 million budget reduction to cover a recent 2.5% compensation increase for staff was one of several budget changes noted in an interim budget report. Officials said that more adjustments could be necessary, pending another state budget revision this spring.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a one-time $3 billion payment from the general fund to pay down CalSTRS pension debt, which is expected to undertake the problem of ballooning pension costs and decrease the out-year contribution rate by half a percentage point. Staff members estimate “an additional $700,000 of ongoing expense” added to the district budget if it does not pass.
Costs to pay out both CalSTRS and CalPERS retirement benefits are “projected to increase significantly over the next several years” for the district.
The rate for CalSTRS this year is 16.28%, up last year from 14.43%. CalPERS jumped 2.53% during that same time, from 15.53% to the current rate of 18.06%.
Next year’s budget forecasts another bump of .85% for CalSTRS, and 2.64% for CalPERS, with more increases the following year of another 1% and 3%, respectively.
* Foothill High School’s aging athletic field is set for a makeover using both private and public funds.
District officials report that “the stadium field at Foothill High School has exceeded its expected lifetime and is in poor condition.” Repairs have been made to sections throughout the years but the field has drainage issues and the surface needs replacement, according to staff.
Replacing the synthetic turf will cost an estimated $986,464, including $350,000 from the deferred maintenance budget, and $513,965 raised especially for the project over the past year by the Foothill High School Athletic Boosters. Work on the field is expected to start this summer.
* The school board will decide whether to approve an agreement with Dublin Unified School District for occupational therapy services in PUSD schools.
The two districts have made the same arrangement in the past to “provide services of occupational therapy by DUSD employees to PUSD students with exceptional needs.” Three full-time occupational therapists would work with special education students at various PUSD schools for the 2019-20 school year. They would still be employed by DUSD, which would invoice the district for their services each month.
The special education pass-through fund would cover the $410,112 contract. The board will also vote that evening on a similar contract with PUSD and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
* Several inspection contracts are also up for approval; the board will vote on a $268,950 contract with United Inspection, Inc. for services on the planned Lydiksen Elementary School rebuild, which would be covered by Measure I1 funds.
Another $56,335 contract with Kory Gilbert Inspection for services related to the rebuild of the fire-damaged library at Harvest Park Middle School will also undergo consideration. The district’s insurance would pay for the inspection services at Harvest Park.
* The board will honor the district’s Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year at the beginning of the open meeting.