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Piece of PUSD property may change hands for traffic upgrades

City may acquire slice of district HQ site to improve traffic flow at Bernal-Sunol-First intersection

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees will cover plenty of ground on Tuesday night during their final meeting for 2019, including design concepts for upgrading the intersection at Bernal Avenue and Sunol Boulevard/First Street, results from the PUSD School Quality Stakeholder Survey and a slew of other business matters.

The board's regular open meeting is scheduled to start Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD administrative headquarters, 4556 Bernal Ave., following a closed session at 5:15.

Pleasanton city staff will present newly developed concepts that evening for planned traffic improvements at the Bernal Avenue intersection where Sunol Boulevard turns into First Street, where the PUSD headquarters are located. According to public records, “depending on the reconfiguration option, there will be an impact to district property and loss of frontage trees” requiring PUSD to negotiate property transfers and improvements with the city. The financial impact has not been determined yet.

Several alternative options for the intersection design are listed in district documents; the city’s first and most preferred option calls for widening to the north into district property, which city staff said has the “best geometrics” and lowest construction cost. The plan -- which is the least expensive with a $490,000 price tag and doesn’t require building any retaining walls -- also calls for the removal of heritage trees and acquiring approximately 5,400 square feet of PUSD property.

The second and most expensive option would widen to the south into the hillside by the Pleasanton Hills Homeowners Association. Ten-foot high retaining walls, offset travel lanes through the intersection and the acquisition of 9,250 square feet would be required to complete the estimated $1.7 million proposal.

A third option costing $868,000 widens both to the north and south and reduces the speed limit through the intersection in addition to constructing 6-foot retaining walls and the offset of vehicle lanes. The removal of heritage trees would be required and the city would need to acquire 1,500 square feet of right-of-way from PUSD and 3,900 square feet of right-of-way from the Pleasanton Hills HOA.

Should the board endorse one of the options on Tuesday, the design completion and right-of-way acquisition by the city could move forward this spring.

In other business

* The trustees will also hear results that night from the second annual PUSD School Quality Stakeholder Survey, which polled 5,409 community members this past spring including parents, staff and students on “aspects of school climate including academic support, student support, school leadership, family involvement, safety and behavior, communication and community building, as well as overall school quality.”

Sections for special education and 504 plans were also added to make the survey “more inclusive” this year, as was a survey option for community members currently without students enrolled in PUSD.

Overall, more than half of all respondents rated the overall quality of their respective school sites as “good”, and 24% to 48% of respondents rated them as “excellent.” The district also received high marks across the board on academic and student support, and safety and behavior. However, students marked the district lower in a few categories; exactly half agreed that their school had good leadership while 46% answered positively about their school’s communication and community building.

* A contract for a proposed seven-week science summer camp at Donlon Elementary School will be considered on Tuesday. Last summer, Galileo Learning LLC held a six-week science camp at Fairlands Elementary that received positive feedback and provided 50 student-weeks of scholarships for PUSD students.

This year Galileo is asking the district for permission to use Donlon’s facilities for another summer camp program that would be a week longer and offer an extended daycare option, meals and 60 scholarship student-weeks, valued at $618 each. If approved, PUSD would receive about $44,500 as part of the agreement.

The board will also vote that evening on the district’s own summer school programs, which “will provide credit recovery and academic intervention instructional opportunities” in the form of credit recovery and intensive academic intervention for high school students, math and English/language arts intervention for K-8 students, pre-K for incoming kindergarten students who haven’t attended preschool, and special day classes and extended year programs for identified students in grades pre-K-12.

PUSD summer school is projected to cost $798,090, which will be covered by General Education, Local Control and Accountability Plan, Title I, and Title III funds. Extended school is funded by the Special Education budget, and summer enrichment is fully paid by student feeds and LCAP budget assistance for students with financial need.

* A portion of Measure I1 revenue could be used to fund pilot testing of audio visual equipment in PUSD classrooms, if the Trustees sign off on the $76,000 purchase.

According to the district, each classroom would be outfitted with “standardized audio visual presentation equipment, including a digital display, audio amplification and a document camera” in order to “optimize student learning by utilizing innovative technologies.”

Staff have recommended purchasing 15 bulbless projectors, and 15 interactive flat panels and mobile carts to be used in all district schools.

* Multiple appointments for various committees such as the Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area, PUSD Audit Committee, City of Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee and Tri-Valley Education Coalition will also be made during the beginning of the meeting on Tuesday -- when the trustees will also hold their annual board reorganization.

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18 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 6, 2019 at 7:08 pm

James Michael is a registered user.

Removal of heritage trees?...I thought that was a BIG NONO in this city. Oh, wait its the city doing it because its for the good of the people. Try doing that on private property. Why aren't "the Sullivanites" all up in arms over this? I guess if there is no gas station then there is no problem.

3 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

As to the property, it seems being part of the downtown plan might have been a good idea for the district.

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