A slew of construction projects and related services taking place soon when warmer weather arrives are up for approval, among other regular business items at the Tuesday night meeting of the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The public meeting will start after closed session at 7 p.m. inside the PUSD board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.
More notable consent agenda items to be deliberated include a $2.3 million leaseback agreement with Bothman Construction Inc. for rebuilding Lydiksen Elementary School.
Last summer PUSD began pursuing the lease-leaseback option in an effort to attract better contractor bids for district construction projects like the Lydiksen remodel. PUSD had only received one bid for the project at the time, which was over budget.
Under the agreement, the district would lease the Lydiksen property to the builder and pay their fees rather than paying upfront for the entire project. Once the work is finished, the contractor would lease the upgraded site back to PUSD and the lease would terminate upon final lease payment.
The board will also consider a $131,902 consultant services agreement with BSK Associates for the Lydiksen rebuild. Money for both contracts will be funded by Measure I1 revenue.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is scheduled to be held this Friday (Feb. 14), starting 11 a.m. at Lydiksen Elementary, 7700 Highland Oaks Dr.
In other business
* The board will also potentially vote on contracts for several facilities projects this week, including $819,998 from the Measure I1 fund for replacement of the Hart Middle School portable classrooms and adding a new science building on site.
Construction is expected to start next spring and finish by July 2022, according to PUSD.
Another Measure I1 project will take off this spring, should the board greenlight a $1.07 million agreement for HVAC and roofing repairs and replacements at six PUSD campuses. The schools include Alisal, Fairlands and Valley View Elementary, Pleasanton Middle and Harvest Park Middle, and Amador Valley High schools.
Damaged curbs in the pickup and dropoff areas at Valley View Elementary will also be fixed soon, if the trustees approve $28,300 for repairs from the general fund. The district said that “conditions are not safe and require repairs” at eight locations in the Valley View parking lot. Work on the lot is expected to end by mid-April.
The board too will consider spending $7.6 million for construction management of the Measure I1 program and $153,595 for services related to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. Both contracts will be paid through the Measure I1 fund.
* An annual student enrollment report will be presented on Tuesday evening. According to district documents, PUSD has 102 fewer students enrolled in grades TK-12 than last year but 109 students more than nearly six years ago.
Middle school grade enrollment has remained fairly level the entire time but saw a slight dip this year with 52 fewer students enrolled at the moment. Elementary school enrollment during that same six-year period also dropped by 87 students -- from 6,269 down to 6,182 students as of October 2019.
Pleasanton high schools have experienced the biggest enrollment bump; 4,886 students were enrolled during October 2014 but that number spiked last October by 248 students, bringing the total number of PUSD high-schoolers to 5,134.
The report also found that the largest racial demographics in PUSD are Asian (45.6%), white (35.27%) and Hispanic (9%). There are also 346 elementary students enrolled in the Valley View Elementary dual immersion language program and 180 secondary students attending alternative education programs like Village High School, independent study, middle college, and adult transition.
* On Tuesday, trustees are also set to approve resolutions in support of two ballot initiatives that will be on the March 3 primary election.
The resolutions, which do not impact election results or district funds, declare the district’s support for Proposition 13, a proposed $15 billion bond measure for fixing the state’s public preschools, K-12 schools, community college and four-year academic institutions that PUSD said “will also provide funds for matching Pleasanton USD bond funds, allowing for addressing more facility needs.”
The other resolution is in support of Measure C, which would create a one-half percent sales tax to raise $150 million annually for childcare, preschool programs and children’s healthcare and emergency services in Alameda County.
* PUSD adult education director Glen Sparks will retire near the end of summer; according to personnel files, Sparks' retirement is effective Aug. 1. Sparks has been with the district for 23 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.