The Pleasanton school board is set to vote on approving a change order for two synthetic turf installation projects at Hearst Elementary School and Pleasanton Middle School during Thursday's board meeting.
The Pleasanton Unified School District had already been working on several water conservation projects thanks to the $270 million Measure I1 bond, which voters passed in 2016.
According to Thursday's district staff report, "the focus of these projects was planting drought-tolerant plants, removal of natural turf and installation of artificial turf."
Landscaping company Bay Construction had already started work at both Hearst and PMS when staff at each school noticed additional areas that could use synthetic turf.
If approved, the work order will allow the landscaping company to install the new turf at "the area in front of the monument sign for gatherings" at PMS.
"It was determined this area would benefit from synthetic turf's low maintenance and low water needs," according to the staff report.
At Hearst, the area directly adjacent to the kindergarten playground would get the new turf, even though the original plan was to keep the natural turf.
"After reviewing, the neighboring regions were all going to be without irrigation, and it is a high-traffic area that will benefit from synthetic turf," according to the staff report. "Facilities and Construction and the site reviewed these added areas and determined it will aid with water conservation and better serve the user's needs with artificial turf."
According to the report, the financial impact will be just under $63,800, which will come out of the Measure I1 funds.
The board's open-session meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28). Read the full agenda here.
In other business:
* Crystal Korbas, assistant director of Career Pathways and Adult Learning, will be presenting to the board an update on the PUSD Adult Education Program.
PACE, which stands for Pleasanton Adult and Career Education, offers classes organized primarily for adults in the community. PACE teaches basic and secondary education; offers programs for Adults with Disabilities; and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
According to the staff report, the presentation will go over ongoing funding sources, student performance data and future plans to increase Hispanic parent participation in the ESL program.
* On the consent calendar, which includes items that are routinely approved with one single vote, the board will look to rescind a policy that prohibited dogs from being on a school campus.
Approved by the 1996 school board, the 1520.1 board policy states that, "no owner or keeper of a dog shall allow or permit such dog, whether leashed or unleashed, to be in or upon any school property at any time, except for dogs used for the purposes of assisted living."
If the board approves the consent item, that policy will no longer be in place.
"We closely monitor (California School Board Association's) recommended policy updates and make changes as needed," the staff report states. "Board Policy 1520.1 Dogs Prohibited On School Grounds is no longer supported by CSBA."