Possible temporary home at Patelco fields for Foothill Falcons football players

School board to consider agreement with city at special meeting Tuesday

The Pleasanton school board is set to consider a contract with the city to give Foothill High School's football team temporary shared use of the Patelco sports fields and potentially name a new Fairlands Elementary principal during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Foothill's football team has been in need of a spot to practice while the main athletic field on campus undergoes artificial turf replacement. Without a field to play on for the moment, Foothill has reached out to its opening week opponent, San Leandro High, about moving the first game, scheduled Aug. 23.

But community members are still worried that players will be impacted by losing a single home game. Falcons head coach Greg Haubner said he recently asked the city of Pleasanton to let them use the Patelco fields early in the morning before the soccer teams arrived for their own practices but he was denied.

District officials did not return calls for comment, but according to public documents, the new proposed agreement would “allow the Foothill football team to practice on a city field at the Patelco complex while the field at Foothill is being renovated.” It would be valid from July 30 until July 30, 2024, with the stipulation that either party may terminate the contract before then by giving the other one a 30-day written notice, nor would the arrangement require any funding.

In addition to voting on a revised job description for executive director of facilities, construction and bond programs and a $58,500 professional development contract, the trustees may also announce a new principal at Fairlands and a handful of substitute vice principals at several unnamed PUSD schools.

Former principal Shay Galletti, who spent four years leading the Fairlands campus, was recently named the district’s new director of elementary education -- Trustee Steve Maher, who is Galletti’s father, recused himself from the board’s vote on her appointment in late June.

Fairlands will be the district’s fifth school with a new principal when the school year starts Aug. 12.

Tuesday night's special meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. inside the Pleasanton Unified School District headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.

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Posted by FHS Parent
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 30, 2019 at 10:03 am

I’m glad the city is taking another look at this proposal, way to go, do right by our hardworking athletes.

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Posted by dmd
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

Where is the Patelco Sports Park?

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Posted by Disk Man
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Let me get this straight. Foothill needs a "temporary" football practice field because of artificial turf replacement, so they are asking the city to be able to use the fields at Patelco Sports Park for 5 years???

BTW, why are school districts in Pleasanton and Dublin so darned poor at planning ahead? Alisal doesn't have a clue where students will park while they are putting in solar - didn't plan ahead. Foothill didn't plan ahead for where the football team will practice. Dublin didn't plan ahead for a second high school, not to mention a third, even though the city fathers are ACTIVELY WORKING on growing the city to over 100,000 people.

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Posted by FHS Parent
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm

@Disk Man- I can only speak to the field issue at Foothill. The money had been raised, project was ready to go. The contracting firm was supposed to start ripping out the worn out field on June 3rd. Didn’t happen. Then they were supposed to start on 7/18. Didn’t happen. As of last Friday, still no work on the field. Meanwhile all the players have been practicing on the grass in the back of the school all summer, by the portables, trying not to snap their ankles from the holes and uneven grass. As I understand it, they were to start on the 29th, yesterday. I don’t have it in me to drive to the school to verify, I hope the work has begun. As far as a 5 year contract, that is what the district is working out with city. Believe me, our kids want to be on their home field ASAP, using the facilities they raised $90,000 + to improve, not playing at Patelco. But they would like to keep their home games local until the field is finished. To say Foothill didn’t plan ahead for a practice location isn’t true. The project should have already been completed. They HAVE been practicing at an alternate location, quietly and without complaint. Right now, they need a usable, marked field. That field should have been the one they fund raised, paid, and planned for. If it’s contractor error, I believe the football department should get a large portion of their money back for the delay.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm

5yrs just says, "I want to get the benefit of wear and tear on your fields vs ours".

Now, if the contract adequately compensates the city for that, and the times dont conflict with other club sports times I'm ok with it

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Posted by FHS Parent
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2019 at 8:41 am

@Pleasanton Parent

I don’t know about the motives of the district.

However, the football program loses a large portion of revenue if they are not able to sell food from their snack shack.

We rely on that money since all athletics are funded by donations, and funding was cut by the district. Like I said, FHS wants to play on its own field. Ask a rep from the district about the motives for a 5 year contract, the meeting was last night.

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Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 31, 2019 at 9:53 am

Fifty Years Here is a registered user.

This shouldn't even be news! Foothill's field is ripped up and they need a place to practice? The city should've stepped up and offered Patelco. The fact that their first request met with a denial is shameful! We post signs all around about being a Community of Character and then tell Foothill they can't find a temporary home at Patelco? What kind of community is that?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I hope the Foothill marching band has another place to practice since band camp is starting...

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