The Pleasanton school board will process an assortment of routine business items including program reports, general updates, and approving contracts during their regular meeting on Thursday, starting 6 p.m.
An overview of each K-12 summer school program at Pleasanton Unified School District is expected to generate one of the more in-depth discussions that evening, district officials told the Weekly. Highlights from each program in a 38-page staff presentation will be shared including demographic information and feedback from parents.
More than 1,000 total students were enrolled in elementary, middle and high school summer programs at PUSD this year, according to the 38 report, as well as 105 students in the Extended School Year program, and 1,836 students registered in "Practice and Extend."
High school summer school, which is held in two 3-week sessions, served 501 students in grades 9-12. Students could complete up to two courses in which they earned marks for Credit (CR), No Credit (NC), as well as letter grades of D and/or F during the school year. Up to two courses could be taken each session, for a total of four over the entire summer.
The program also used the district's temporary grading policy from this spring, which allowed students in grades 6 to 12 who earned a D letter grade during the second semester of the 2020-21 school year to receive a CR mark on their report card, while F letter grades would be replaced by NC marks.
Approximately 94% of high school students enrolled in the summer program passed their courses this year compared to 86% in 2020. More courses were also taken this summer, for a total of 1,181, as opposed to 716 courses taken last year.
The high school summer program "successfully served a disproportionately high level of traditionally marginalized students in 2021," according to staff, who added males were also overrepresented (60%).
Hispanic/Latinx and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who make up 10.4% and 8.3% of enrolled students at PUSD, each represented about 22% of high school summer program enrollees. Black/African-American students comprise 1.9% of district enrollment, and made up 3.8% of high school summer students, while students identified as Emerging Bilingual (3.3% of total district enrollment) represented 9% of high school summer learners.
Nearly half of summer high school students also stayed remote during the previous school year, according to the district.
Enrollment in the middle school summer program was far less with a total of 128 students, and a focus on "skill-based intervention in English/language arts and mathematics." Participants were identified by CR/NC grades or referred by a teacher or counselor.
Staff said they "also successfully served a disproportionately high level of traditionally marginalized students in 2021" and that, "unlike in previous years and in high school, we did not see an overrepresentation of students who identified as male."
Hispanic/Latinx students comprised the middle school summer program's largest demographic at 31.5%, followed closely by socioeconomically disadvantaged students at 29%. Emerging Bilingual students made up 21% of program enrollees, followed by Black/African-American at 7.3%.
The 443 elementary students enrolled in their own summer program at PUSD this year were referred by teachers and intervention specialists based on assessments, work samples, and progress with Tier II/III interventions.
Like its other programs, the district said elementary summer school "also successfully served a disproportionately high level of traditionally marginalized students in 2021." More than half of participants -- 57.7% -- were Emerging Bilingual students, while 27.4% were Hispanic/Latinx and 4.2% Black/African-American.
According to PUSD, "Other demographic groups were represented at levels consistent with district-wide demographics."
Approximately $543,841 was expended on the summer programs including the Extended School Year, and was paid from the district General Funds and LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan), among others.
In other business
* Contracts for several Measure I1 projects are set for Board approval on Thursday, including a purchase for more than half a million dollars worth of new classroom furniture at Foothill and Amador Valley High schools.
With the construction of two new classroom buildings at both schools coming to an end in the next few months, staff said "the time to order new furniture for the buildings is upon us."
After a series of four meetings to review furniture options with leadership at each site, including teachers, administrators and department heads, "final selections for furniture were made and approved by both the site administration and the facilities and construction team."
Using Measure I1 bond revenue and purchasing group piggyback agreements, the district is expected to spend $222,587 for new classroom furniture at Foothill and another $342,968 to furnish the new learning spaces at Amador.
The Board is also expected to authorize an agreement on Thursday for $146,000 to move forward with the pre-construction and design phase/services for the new science building and courtyard at Hart Middle School.
Staff said they will be able to proceed with the next steps "while continuing to negotiate the final costs for the construction and bring that back to the board at the completion of the design phase." Once the design process is completed, staff will negotiate the final construction costs and return to the board for approval.
Measure I1 funds will also be used to replace existing electrical switchgear at Foothill, which staff said "has incurred many problems over the years and eminent(sic) failure is anticipated, and therefore needs to be replaced."
"The electrical switchgear was evaluated, and it was discovered that the switchgear's age and the availability of replacement parts were becoming a serious concern," staff said, adding that the Facilities Master Plan three years ago "also identified the replacement of the FHS switchgear, but it was not initially included in Measure I1."
The board is expected to approve a $66,500 contract on Thursday for HKIT Architects, "who is very familiar with the FHS site", according to the district, and was asked to "provide a proposal to look at upgrading and possibly relocating the PG&E transformer and the electrical switchgear."
After presenting the idea of including the electrical switchgear replacement at Foothill to the Board Facilities Committee this year, staff said "the consensus was to include this work into the project."
The switchgear replacement would be paid with savings from the project and "possibly supplemented by the Measure I1 program contingency."