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School board reviews funding sources for new campus on Donlon site

Original post made on Jan 19, 2019

As part of first steps toward building a second campus on the Donlon Elementary School property -- now referred to by district staff as "Elementary School No. 10" -- the Pleasanton school board has begun reviewing options for how it will it pay for the estimated $61.25 million project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:11 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by highdiver
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 19, 2019 at 4:14 pm

I wonder if the EPA is aware that the Donlon field site is a gathering place for hundreds of seagulls during bad weather.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

What a waste of an opportunity.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 25, 2019 at 6:44 pm

What a slippery cast of characters running the PUSD, not 1 more dime for those clowns!!
I’m pretty sure I saw an endangered Whip Snake slithering around that proposed mini-school site.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

That "endangered white snake slithering around the proposed mini-school site", was the PUSD board in disguise.

Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

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A slippery cast of criminals would be a more apt description. They are going to make a traffic nightmare in the Val Vista area and no matter how much is spent on traffic mitigation its not gonna mitigate anything. I find it hard to believe that the city would be on board with this...well, maybe not. I'll bet this wouldn't happen in one of the more affluent neighborhoods.

Posted by Sharon
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 28, 2019 at 10:38 am

The district is having trouble attracting qualified staff, administrators, substitutes and other critical personnel as well as funding a new mini school and they want to add AP Aerospace? Glad to see priorities are in order.

Posted by Pleasant Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 29, 2019 at 12:01 am

Dont give it any sense of credibility by calling it a new school when its just adding 4th and 5th grade classrooms.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

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This is by no means an ideal solution to growing enrollment. This is definitely the result of kicking the can down the road over and over again. This is not, however, Dr. Haglund’s fault (nor some on the board). Some finally have decided that digging the hold deeper was not a solution and are now trying to climb out of said hole.

So, take the allotted $35MM and give me a different solution. (I would give you the whole estimated $61MM, but it doesn’t exist in reality and it’s a ridiculous estimate anyway.). The solution has to be the least disruptive to the majority of the community; has to address growth in the north where it is occurring; and has to get the nearly 200 students back into their neighborhood schools.

Posted by Question
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Along with reviewing funding sources, I would like the PUSD and DUSD to figure out if that suspended 2020fight Twitter account associated with spreading the fake news about Covington Catholic that has been tweeting 130 tweets a day and claims to be a Bay Area middle school teacher works for the District.

This article says that Eric Swalwell has in the past spread tweets of 2020fight; therefore, I would seriously like to know if this is a teacher in this District and if so, how he/she can find the time during the school day to tweet 130 times a day.

In addition, I would like to know why the cabinet and superintendent and principals seem to spend an excessive amount of time tweeting when they should be running the schools.

Here is the article referencing the connection between Swalwell and the 2020fight account.

Web Link

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 30, 2019 at 9:32 am

Still seems odd that any future residential building will occur in the northeast of ptown yet they want to build a mini almost a school in the northwest with money they don’t have enough of?? Is this the best we can expect from the PUSD?? Why are we even giving them pay raises, it’s certainly not based on their performance.

Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 31, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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So far it seems like the only thing going on with that measure I1 money was to buy a big expensive pile of laptops for the kids, haven’t seen much of anything else happening besides lots of complaining that 35 million of that money won’t be enough to build a full size school let alone a mini-school as proposed for the Donlon site. I say drag it out for a couple of more years and keep whittling away that original 270 million bond money so there won’t be anything to show for it and we can pass a new and even larger bond with the same promises. Hopefully the administrators didn’t get raises from that bond money?????????

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 31, 2019 at 3:13 pm

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Flightops, you will eventually see the rebuild and tear down of Lydiksen. It doesn’t add capacity and was the wrong place to start with bond dollars (and the bids came in well over the $30MM for that plan).

There already are plans in the works for a new bond in 2020.

Raises do not come out of bond dollars, but the raises continue to increase district pension contributions and both raises and pensions are used as reasons there isn’t sufficient funding to operate new facilities.

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