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School board names Pleasanton native as new principal at Amador Valley High

Original post made on Jun 12, 2019

Foothill High School vice principal Joshua Butterfield is leaving the campus when the new school year starts to become the new principal at Amador Valley High.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:56 AM

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Posted by Love Pleasanton
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 12, 2019 at 8:19 am

Regarding the Amador Valley parking situation- students and staff, please consider bicycle riding and walking as pollution-free alternatives.


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Posted by 4 principals in 4 years
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:44 am

I am surprised that the acting principal, Nimarta Grewal, was not chosen for this role. I have always been impressed with her professionalism and support of the students. It would have been nice to see a change like that for Amador.


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Posted by Don of a new era
a resident of Old Towne
on Jun 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

I totally concur with previous comment, "I am surprised that the acting principal, Nimarta Grewal, was not chosen for this role".




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Posted by A Blakeslee
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Congratulations to Josh Butterfield! He sat in on most of my daughters IEP’s while at Foothill, he was always professional and helpful to us. Amador is getting a great guy!


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Posted by Jeremy Walsh, editor
associate editor
on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Jeremy Walsh, editor is a registered user.

To follow up on Nimarta Grewal, PUSD just confirmed for us that Grewal is moving to the district office in the fall, appointed by the board at a previous meeting to become coordinator of technology services.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2019 at 6:06 pm

So the construction project for the Amador parking lot did not start happening two Mondays ago as PUSD promised and instead PUSD has been for the last two weeks according to the article "ordering supplies?"

And now they say residents can expect construction will really begin in July?

Another promise broken.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

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I drove by AV today, there were two workers there, but basically nothing is happening.


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Posted by Seamus Deane
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:45 pm

For the record, five total transcripts were changed between late June, 2018 and end October 2018. This was shared with teachers and among district officials, if you want to look around to find the evidence. The five may not be all.
There was no complete review of records because that would require all teachers to produce gradebooks to compare to the official transcript records . This was not done. It is unfortunate that the former, former Amador principal's name is tied to this as he has at most a peripheral player. The main player was still employed by the district as of this month.

On other business, this reference to another promise broken--most construction projects take longer than planned and cost more than planned, from a bathroom renovation to a stadium. A construction plan is not a "promise" as much as a forecast. Deal with it.

I like the cycling to work idea, but most new teachers in the district live in cheaper places, like Tracy, or share houses in other towns. Maybe the citizens can fund e-bikes for them.

And finally, why would Ms. Grewal want to stay at Amador and take the pounding? Imagine the number of calls on the parking lot alone. This community needs to take a collective look in the mirror when it comes to the problems around here. But making peace with imperfection does not mean accepting corrupted transcripts, or a coverup of that.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:27 am

I'm confused as to why the main person who changed the transcripts is still employed. Was the main player for the transcript changes an administrator at the Assistant Superintendent level at the District Office or a vice principal level at the site? Or the registrar? Or a counselor? What title did they have that gave them the capacity to change transcripts?

Why were the transcripts changed?


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2019 at 1:56 pm

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"On other business, this reference to another promise broken--most construction projects take longer than planned and cost more than planned, from a bathroom renovation to a stadium. A construction plan is not a "promise" as much as a forecast. Deal with it."
Deal with it? Wow. Timelines can easily be built into a contract. For example, 20 years ago Hearst was promised to be done by the start of the 2000-2001 school year. It was not ready, and the construction firm had penalties built into the contract that they had to pay for numerous weeks, or even months. Possibly no timelines were built in, and timelines usually come with an extra cost.

"It is unfortunate that the former, former Amador principal's name is tied to this as he has at most a peripheral player. The main player was still employed by the district as of this month."
The former principal is no longer with the district, and Mr. Deane, are you in a position to say that "the main player" was someone other than the principal? If you are, can you back this up? It appears to me that the former principal is where the buck stopped, and he is gone. Otherwise, why would he not have started litigation against the district?


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Posted by Rooster Cogburn
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 13, 2019 at 2:29 pm

The former principal balked at the request initially, but a person who is still employed at the district office sent him an email and told him to make the change. The evidence exists in writing. PleasantonWeekly staff, can you request that email through the Freedom of Information Act?


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Posted by Seamus Deane
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 14, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Why the individual is still at the district: no new job found as of yet. Fallback if fired--litigation.

Why does the district not just fire this individual--

Litigation is expensive. so that is one reason. Of course, the district has multiple law firms on retainer so let us move to . . . .Reason two, it's been pretty successfully killed, as a story, as the comments here show. So it is expected that this person will move on eventually, but in the meantime, it is a law-dog standoff supported by the deep desire of the district and board that it just quietly disappear. And obviously this was nobody's secretary, btw.

As for the evidence, all involved directly have been told they will have to deal with lawyers if they put out any of the underlying evidence. If you have a half mil to offer to cover expenses and future job searches, put it up and no doubt somebody will step forward.


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