Snuffing out flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes use among Pleasanton youth is the focus of a new resolution set to be presented at the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.
The resolution asks PUSD and elected officials to “call on our entire Pleasanton community to join in support of ensuring student health by refraining from the marketing and sales of tobacco, flavored tobacco, and vaping products to young people throughout the city of Pleasanton.”
It also encourages to “take all practical and necessary steps to discourage students from smoking including forbidding the use of tobacco products and vaping devices on campuses ... by providing student education and family information on the dangers of tobacco and vaping use.”
Pleasanton is the latest Tri-Valley community to try to stem youth vaping.
Livermore recently passed a city ordinance to ban the sale of flavored tobacco, restrict vaping paraphernalia sales and implement a city tobacco retailer license program. That ordinance is now being challenged by Bay Area e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs, which collected enough signatures the other week for a referendum petition trying to overturn the Livermore City Council’s ordinance.
In April, PUSD staff reported that early intervention programs for some students caught vaping have experienced some success. None who completed the family workshop for tobacco, alcohol or drug offenses during the 2018-19 school year had reoffended for vaping. Reduced suspensions have also been attributed to the workshop. PUSD has increased tobacco and vaping education at campuses as well over the past year.
The regular school board meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.
In other business
* An update on the second round of Measure I1 bond sales will be heard on Tuesday; last week the district sold $90 million in general obligation bonds.
Most sold within several hours, according to district officials, who partly attributed the district’s strong credit rating and high property assessment values to a “very favorable bond market” recently.
According to PUSD documents, “geopolitical tensions and economic worries within the past year led investors to seek the safety of U.S. treasuries and municipal bonds.”
Overall, conditions have favored taxpayers so far: the bonds “ultimately achieved a very low all-inclusive interest cost of 2.64%, and a net payment ratio of 1.37 to 1,” which, according to the district, is “far below the legislative cap of 4 to 1.”
With two other school bond measures set to expire in the next year or so, the district is currently in the process of surveying residents about a potential new $120 million school facilities bond measure that would sustain the current tax rate. Polling started last week and is set to continue through Sept. 6.
* Pleasanton high school and college students will present their research and recommendations to the Board that evening about energy use at all 15 PUSD campuses.
During summer, 32 interns from the local nonprofit Go Green Initiative used energy benchmarking tools from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to examine energy use for every PUSD school and facility site. The entire 106-page report, which will be summarized in a presentation, contains data on nine specific findings.
All PUSD schools are eligible for Energy Star certification, and three of them--Hearst, Lydiksen and Walnut Grove -- had perfect scores, according to the report.
However, the interns also found 96-year-old Amador Valley High School to be the least energy-efficient campus, which led to them “recommend installing an energy management system for each school and hiring a sustainability director for the whole district to reduce energy usage and costs.”
They also suggested conducting an energy office of the district administrative headquarters and creating site-specific goals for the short term.
* The board is expected to ratify the appointment of Kathleen Townsend as the new vice principal at Fairlands Elementary School.
Townsend, who previously taught kindergarten at Donlon Elementary, will take the place of Heidi Deeringhoff, according to district personnel documents. Last month, Deeringhoff was named the successor to former Fairlands principal Shay Galletti, who moved into the role of district director of elementary education earlier this year. Townsend would start her new job Sept. 2.