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Measure I1 projects moving along in 2020

Also: Board to hear enrollment update, weigh positions on Prop 13 & Measure C

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.

Julia Baum is a staff writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. Reach her at jbaum@pleasantonweekly.com or 925-600-0840, ext. 111.

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15 people like this
Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 10, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Does anyone else besides me think that $7.6 million is just a little excessive for a management fee?

Bry


20 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 10, 2020 at 4:33 pm

“ A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is scheduled to be held this Friday (Feb. 14), starting 11 a.m. at Lydiksen Elementary . . .” Remember, Lydiksen does not provide needed new capacity. It also was never considered for remodeling rather than a tear down.

“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 first part of the sentence doesn’t agree with the last quote. If Prop 13 passes, the district stands to qualify for $44MM in reimbursements (assuming proper paperwork, etc.).

Bryant, I think $7.6MM was chosen because that is what is allowed (some percentage of the $270MM I1 bond).


12 people like this
Posted by Bryant Annenberg
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 10, 2020 at 5:09 pm

So why is PUSD borrowing money at 5% for Lydikden?

It’s on tomorrow agenda for approving the Rober A Bothman contract. It’s in the attached addendum.

So we voters approved a $270 million bond measure, and the district still goes out to borrow more money at 5%!!!!

Also, I don’t recall anywhere in the bond language on the ballot or in the resolution stating that a significant amount of $ would be spent for a management fee.

It was to build a new school and update classrooms for a 21st century learning experience.

Just 2 more reasons to vote NO on measure M

Bry


20 people like this
Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 10, 2020 at 7:29 pm

Are there any bond measures or tax increases that PUSD does not endorse? No, I didn't think so.


17 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 10, 2020 at 8:22 pm

This article is vailed attempt by the Weekly to influence voters, that there is activity from Measure I1.


20 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2020 at 7:00 am

Michael, you are 100% correct. the timing of this article is questionable. the main argument i hear against M is that they have not spent the money they got prior. so an article from weekly comes out "detailing" (actually still light on details) the spending of the last bond.

the ironic part is all it did for me was reinforce my no vote. they need better planning and estimates before I give them more money.


9 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 11, 2020 at 7:49 am

To be fair to the Weekly, I believe this is regular coverage of upcoming meetings (board is tonight). They do this for the city council too. Doesn’t change my vote on M—no—Lydiksen was the wrong priority.


6 people like this
Posted by DDane
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:42 pm

Measure I1 specifically stated it will "Provide up-to-date science labs, science equipment and learning technology to prepare students for college and modern careers"

When is that going to happen? Yes, there are a few new high school classrooms being built but what about the ~2 dozen existing science rooms (at the high schools). Before the vote there was all this talk about how the science classrooms would be remodeled and updated. From what I can tell, the plan is to do ZERO work in the existing classrooms. Hardly meeting what was promised in the bond measure.


4 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:49 pm

the focus seems to be no portables but no concern about lab equipment, supplies, etc. What’s wrong with manufactured buildings anyways if the are more cost efficient?


3 people like this
Posted by Fisher
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Feb 14, 2020 at 4:35 am

Also, I don’t recall anywhere in the bond language on the ballot or in the resolution stating that a significant amount of $ would be spent for a management fee.


4 people like this
Posted by Alyssa
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 14, 2020 at 4:36 am

“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 first part of the sentence doesn’t agree with the last quote. If Prop 13 passes, the district stands to qualify for $44MM in reimbursements (assuming proper paperwork, etc.).


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