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PUSD trustees to review plans for redesigning Donlon site as two schools

Original post made on Jan 28, 2020

A design scheme for the new fourth/fifth grade school that’s being planned on a portion of the Donlon Elementary site will be brought to the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees for possible approval this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 27, 2020, 1:45 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Annoyed
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2020 at 9:17 am

This whole "E10" is such a disaster. Building a 4-5 elementary is not going to do anything to help with overcrowding except for creating more traffic in an already congested area. And now you're going to displace current Donlon students during construction? Are you kidding me? Where are they going to go...when there's apparently no room anywhere else. Oh that's right, there is room and this would be have been taken care of if they just would have redrawn the boundaries 7 years ago when they realized that this was going to happen.


Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2020 at 10:41 am

I don't think "annoyed" is the right name for this project...I think "disgusted and pissed-off" would be a more appropriate monicker. The traffic is bad now, it will be even worse during construction, and it will be at it's peak when the school is open. And yet there are residents living right here in Val Vista who think that the Costco project is going to create more of a traffic problem for Val Vista than the Donlon expansion...can't figure that logic out. I guess this pretty much kills the "great school system increases property values" argument. If I was living on Denker or Payne I would get that "for sale" sign out there before construction starts and stick some poor unsuspecting "newby".


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 28, 2020 at 10:54 am

I am really disappointed with this solution.

That said, I really hope the district can articulate a future roadmap and help the community understand how this fits into that roadmap.....seems like a bandaid on top of other bandaids.

Also.....why is the district prioritizing diving board replacement over the other “emotional” levers they are using to justify measure M “Mo money”? if there is damaged roofing or electrical outlets that require immediate remediation it seems irresponsible to replace a diving board if funds are available over fixing a classroom safety issue?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 28, 2020 at 4:27 pm

PP, at least we got solar to go to those outlets!

All the priorities are out of whack. Lydiksen first—a school they admitted last night on the webinar was not looked at for possible remodeling rather than a tear down. Fences and Chromebooks instead of capacity or roofing and HVAC.


Posted by Parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Dear annoyed, disgusted and pissed off: whatever the solution selected, it's a given that not everyone will be happy. But solutions are needed. So please move on to solutions instead of finger pointing and petty venting. If there wasn't such a pathetic imbalance of parent involvement vs parent complaining in this district, you might have a point. But you don't.


Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Parent...ya, right..."whatever the solution selected, its a given that not everyone will be happy". Good point except that this is not a solution and nobody is happy. The solution is simple and it has always been there, BUILD A NEW SCHOOL. They won't listen and so people complain. Seems to me that you are doing a bit of finger pointing and venting yourself. And what was your point?


Posted by chaos
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 28, 2020 at 10:18 pm

Where can we get NO ON "M" signs


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 29, 2020 at 7:40 am

Because this is grass roots effort, those who oppose have set up a web site, measurement.org and I believe there is a downloadable sign. No donations are being accepted, so there is no money for signs. There are a lot of links to district docs and other information there as well.

There is a video of the district webinar. Worth watching because the superintendent, in a long answer, does not commit to a new high school. Web Link


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 29, 2020 at 11:15 am

Sorry, that’s measurem.org. I think autocorrect got me in above post.


Posted by Kiko
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Thanks KR...measurem.org...good information that I'm sure PUSD hates is out there. Download the flyer and email them to friends and family. Save paper, ink and reach a wider audience.


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