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.