Pleasanton Unified School District is expected to finalize a recent agreement with its classified workers at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Should the board approve the contract, salaries would increase by 1.5% in fiscal year 2020-21 -- based on a squared salary schedule that went into effect last year -- for all district staff that are represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Staff would also be owed retroactive payment as of July 1, 2020, by no later than Sept. 30.
The 2020-21 fiscal year agreement includes adjustments to a classification compensation study that "will be made based on CSEA’s recommendations," as well as a one-time payment for all bargaining unit members of 1.4% after squaring the salary schedule (not to exceed $350,000), according to PUSD.
Additionally, the agreement outlines a 3.68% increase of district contribution toward medical benefits.
The tentative agreement comes a month after the trustees unanimously approved new employment contracts for five district cabinet members including Superintendent David Haglund. CSEA members were irked by the cabinet member contracts, which stipulate a 3.5% increase in salary and fully covered health, vision and dental benefits for the employee as well as their spouse and dependents.
Both classified and certified employees also cautioned the district about the salaries of more established staff members not keeping up with the cost of living, and potentially being priced out of the Bay Area or leaving for surrounding districts.
In other business
* Tuesday night's brief meeting agenda includes an update on PUSD's independent study program, which will be offered for families seeking an alternative option to in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year.
The Pleasanton Virtual Academy aligns with Assembly Bill 130, a new state law that went into effect on July 9. AB 130 requires daily synchronous instruction for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, as well as weekly synchronous instruction and daily live interaction for students in 4th through 12th grade.
AB 130 also mandates public school districts have "well defined, tiered re-engagement strategies," written or updated board policy, and notification for families of the option to enroll in independent study/Pleasanton Virtual Academy.
Students with individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504 plans may be considered for Virtual Academy enrollment. For students with IEPs, an IEP team meeting must be held in order to receive a recommendation from the team before enrollment, but they still "may enroll in the absence of an IEP team recommendation," according to the district. IEP amendments "will detail adjustments needed to participate in the Virtual Academy."
* The board is set to approve a change order on Tuesday for additional work on two notable Measure I1 projects at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools. If the proposed $227,016 change order is approved, the overall cost would increase to nearly $17.9 million.
Originally estimated at over $17 million, another change order for $664,378 was previously approved for the projects, which call for upgrading Foothill's career technical education program as well as replacing the portables and constructing a new science building at Amador.
A couple minor adjustments are being made on the new science building at Amador. Along with changing the exterior color scheme, the building will now have doors made of hollow metal instead of fiberglass reinforced polymer.
Since Foothill received a CTE grant from the state, district officials said "this change order will be adding the CTE enhancements to the building that were part of the grant application," including stack doors, doors between classrooms, overhead power cords in two classrooms, and four larger windows. The changes have all been approved by the Division of the State Architect.