The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees is set to take a look at progress and updates from the district’s recent summer school programs at its meeting Tuesday night.
Enrichment courses and intervention programs offered this past summer at Amador Valley High, Walnut Grove Elementary and the Harvest Park preschool center will be reviewed as part of a staff presentation that evening.
The district's intervention summer school is an invite-only program modeled after traditional summer school but meant for students who are struggling academically.
Noted highlights include a total of 938 pre K-12 students in intervention summer school this year, and evidence that “students continued their growth of important skills” in the same program, according to the staff report.
Teachers “noted that a majority of students were properly placed” this summer, which staff called “an improvement over prior years,” and that all grade levels exhibited “continued positive behavior.”
Students in the intervention program gave their own feedback as well. Some “noted improvement needed in the area of technology, teacher training, and academic integrity.”
Staff reported that they “continue to see an over-representation of students who identify as male in our intervention summer programs,” with males making up about 60% of participants in this year’s program. As a counteraction, “collaboration with school sites and data collection will take place over the 19-20 school year in an effort to better understand the potential causes and to gain insight into instructional and behavioral support strategies that will interrupt the pattern.”
More than 600 high school students “successfully completed” credit recovery or grade replacement courses through a “blended format” of online learning and subject area-credentialed instructors. The average grade for all courses was 76% or a C, according to the report.
Since 2016, 42% of students in grades K-8 were enrolled in summer school for at least two of those four years. Another third were enrolled in three of the past four years, and 15% had attended every single year during that time with the exception of students in Extended School Year.
Students took advantage of the district’s 14 enrichment classes this summer including algebra readiness, graphic design, video production, culinary arts and STEAM courses.
Several areas for improvement that staff will focus on over the coming year include planning to “work with site leadership and intervention specialists to clarify intervention pathways” and “continue to coordinate wrap-around services for our most vulnerable students.”
The intervention summer programs budget was approximately $542,877. Funding came from the PUSD general fund, Local Control and Accountability Plan, Title I, special education, fees and donations.
Tuesday night's meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.
In other business
The board will also hear a report Tuesday night on the district’s unaudited actuals, which include PUSD’s actual revenues, expenditures and fund balances for the school year.
Under state law, the district is required to annually submit those statements to both the California Department of Education and the Alameda County Office of Education. A few “key changes in the unaudited actuals since the estimated actuals that were presented at the 2019-20 budget adoption” will be highlighted in the staff presentation.
The district’s general fund ending balance for fiscal year 2018-19 is $26,417,508, according to public documents. Of that total, $11,016,568 is “unassigned/unappropriated” and $4,980,140 is designated “other assignments.”
More than $5 million-plus is accounted for legally restricted balances, which are unspent balances of specific types of entitlements such as state categorical funds and local contributions from the Parent Teacher Association and Parent Faculty Club. Another $211,612 consists of revolving cash, prepaid expenditures and stores inventory.
The district’s 3% economic uncertainties reserve is currently resting at $5,186,245; their goal is to eventually achieve a 9% reserve. That number could rise to 4.3%, should the Trustees direct the district to contribute up to 20% of the unassigned ending balance. For this year, that would add another $2.2 million to the reserve, for a total balance of $7.4 million.
Meanwhile, PUSD’s cafeteria fund “continues to be self-sustaining with no contributions from the general fund,” while the deferred maintenance fund used about $800,000 in expenditures and the district bond fund had $7.3 million in expenditures. The current cost of classroom compensation for the 2018-19 school year is 63.92% of total expenditures.