PUSD board to discuss costs of Lydisken rebuild, Pleasanton Middle field rehab

Also: Presentations on PPIE donations, valedictorians, The Hanger and We the People teams

The Pleasanton school board is set to decide Tuesday night whether to add nearly $95,000 more to the final tally for designing the rebuild and modernization project at Lydiksen Elementary School.

Last summer, the Board of Trustees finalized a building contract with AEDIS Architects for $1.3 million, which covers "a combination of pre-engineered buildings solutions, conventional building solutions, as well a modernization solution" for the campus.

Originally the price-tag was estimated to be $1.06 million, but "the addition of a modernization scope to Building E and the Multi-Purpose Building increased the design scope by $22,426," according to Pleasanton Unified School District personnel.

Plans to relocate and expand the Kids Club building by joining two modular buildings together and adding a new restroom and concrete foundation also increased costs at the time by an additional $33,710, although the scope of that work will be financed by Kids Club program funds instead of Measure I1 revenue.

The entire site plans are an estimated total of $30 million, which will also cover buying new furniture at approximately $16,500 to $21,000 per classroom, and will be paid for using funds from the Measure I1 school facilities bond.

Further approval of the Board Facility Subcommittee's recommendation in February to keep the number of classrooms at Lydiksen, repurpose one of the buildings by regrading around and painting its exterior, "and to see what work could be completed with the saving of not demolishing" the building could drive up the cost by $94,594. If the board accepts the proposal to repurpose the building, the new contract with AEDIS would be $1,480,804.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, with PUSD aiming for completion of the overall project in the 2021-22 school year.

The PUSD trustees will meet for their regular meeting on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Pleasanton Unified School District headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

In other business

* Plans to refurbish the grass field at Pleasanton Middle School could take longer than expected after the district received only one bid last month that was more than three times the project's budget of $300,000.

"The scope of work included removing the existing turf, leveling and grading the surface, and reseeding," according to district staff, who are exploring other options and have recommended that the Board reject the $1.04 million bid from Oakland-based Bay Construction Company.

The project would be funded by deferred maintenance funds and "a potential donation." No timeline for the work has been announced yet.

* The board is also set to authorize another lease so that Head Start students can continue to attend preschool programs next year on the Donlon Elementary School site. The Community Association for Preschool Education (CAPE) is expected to return for the 2019-20 school year, pending Board approval on Tuesday. The program cost would increase by $142 for the year, according to public documents.

* An update about the The Hanger donation center on the Village High School campus will also be heard that evening.

The "collaborative effort between special education, educational services, and many greater Pleasanton community partners" has been around 2016. The Hanger is considered "an experiential learning classroom for students with special needs," where many work as part of their life skills curriculum.

Over the past year, 350 coats and 1,000 pairs of socks were distributed to PUSD students in need by The Hanger, and volunteers supported and organized multiple clothing drives and events like their prom dress program and Thanksgiving clearout. Future plans include expanding operating hours to Saturdays and inviting adults from the Adult and Career Education Adult Internship Program to participate.

* The We the People national finalists from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools will also be recognized at the beginning of the meeting. Amador placed second in the national competition last month in Washington D.C. Foothill recently finished second at state and qualified for nationals but were eliminated in an earlier round.

Valedictorians and salutatorians for this year's high school graduation ceremonies will also be commemorated on Tuesday. This year's honorees include two Foothill valedictorians,

Rohith Sajith and Asim Biswal, Foothill salutatorian Nikhil Padavala, Amador valedictorian Parth Gupta and salutatorian Jeffrey Wu.

Other PUSD students will also receive certificates that evening for accomplishments such as achieving perfect scores on Advanced Placement exams. A student from Harvest Park Middle School will also be awarded for being a 2019 Junior International Trials Pan AM qualifier.

* The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation will be recognized for making a large donation this year to PUSD. The $711,531 contribution will help pay for intervention specialist programs, library assistants and technology specialists at elementary and middle schools, a support counselor at Amador and Foothill high school, and numerous education grants.

In a letter to the district, PPIE executive director Steve McCoy-Thompson said, "We are committed to funding staff that both parents and principals recognize as important components of students' educational experiences."

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2 people like this
Posted by Ellen
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on May 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Why new furniture in every Lydiksen classroom? I’ve been there and seen it. What another waste of $$$$$. There has got to be a better way to spend over $200,000.

2 people like this
Posted by Sara
a resident of Old Towne
on May 23, 2019 at 12:05 am

I noticed nothing was discussed regarding drug use by teacher. Does it take a long time for a matter like this to be looked into?

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