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School board OKs first round of Measure I1 bond sales

Original post made on Aug 9, 2017

The Pleasanton school board Tuesday night unanimously authorized the first issuance and sale of Measure I1 bonds, a move that will allow the school district to start work on a number of projects this academic year.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

More money for a sanctary-school-district-supporting-board? What a sham...and a scam. That's your answer for everything...create a bond; raise a tax. Zero fiscal control. If you had any shame, you would feel it. But, you don't, so you won't.


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Posted by Intellect
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

I would first try to be rational here. The school board made a statement to put its position out there nothing changed on the ground. Also this bond has fiscal oversight, you may be frustated that your tax bill is going up, but it is for a good reason, it is a good school district even with the musical chair.


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Posted by Carrie
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

I went to register my 9th grader at Amador this week, and I was really shocked at the state of their facilities: the paint was chipping off the buildings, wood rot on beams, the gym clearly didn't have a working A/C and is so OLD. When you compare our facilities with schools in neighboring cities, it's really an embarrassment. I hope the bond money will address some of this.


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Posted by rrr
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Carrie, the district should be maintaining the facilities but they are not. I don't want our bond money to go into building something that is not maintained and then has to be completely replaced due to negligence.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2017 at 10:50 pm

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@Carrie,

I agree. Amador looks pretty bad. I wonder if they have problems with mold. Seems like a district like Pleasanton would have better maintained schools.


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 11, 2017 at 8:59 am

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They have to let it run down a little, that way they can ask for more money.

That is the way governments work.

And there are no gyms that actually use their AC. Why would they cool down something that is rarely used?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 11, 2017 at 11:19 am

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There once was a requirement that 3% of the budget had to be set aside for deferred maintenance. The state suspended that requirement for a time during the recession. Either way, you have to actually spend the money for facilities to be properly maintained, and in many cases that did not happen (have the 3% reserve to meet state requirements and then never spend it, making it a one time set aside rather than an ongoing hit to budgets strained by contributions to retirement plans).

In the meantime, the enrollment numbers were provided Tuesday night (as of August 1, 2017). Since the report in October 2016, Elementary went from 6,116 to 6,556 (+440); Middle from 3,715 to 3,919 (+204); and High school from 4,937 to 5,329 (392) with Amador at 2,841 students.

That is total growth of 1,036 . . . 980 students more than the demographer predicted in last year's report. I have questions in to the district about how this growth is being accommodated and particularly whether a variety of lab spaces for science, technology, music, etc. are being closed for classrooms. This growth will continue to stress overcrowded facilities. While bond funds will be used to fix older facilities, but unless the deferred maintenance fund is used, they will fall into disrepair again in the not too distant future.

We may keep showing up well on ranking systems like Niche, but that is because of dedicated students, parents, and site staffs who continue to do their best despite the crowding and lack of proper educational learning spaces.


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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Just because the state can suspend something, doesn't mean a district should. Especially a district likes ours.

That's just passing the buck for fiscal mismanagement.

I'm so tired of excuses from these bureaucrats and politicians.


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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So the demographer predicted that we were supposed to get 56 additional kids this school year, and we ended up with 1036.

The prediction is off by 95%.

How much do demographers make to be so ridiculously wrong?

In a private company, if someone in a position to predict sales was off by this much, they would no longer find themselves in that position.

Geez.


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Posted by Bad demographers are never fired
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm

The demographer a few years ago included entirely fake housing subdivisions including supposed houses to be built on land under water on Zone 7 detention ponds between Martin Ave and Stanley Blvd. this was so PUSD could fool the Board and public to refinance district loans to increase the payments by 5 million. Now we taxpayers are paying back these loans because PUSD charged the taxpayers the balance due!!! The bonds are paying for these loans/ COPS. If Davis is the demographer, no one should believe anything they publish. It is all fake. And PUSD wii never fire them.


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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

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It's also good to defer needed maintenance and keep that money instead in reserve so that the school board can keep paying off lawyers and fired superintendents = our tax dollars at work!


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