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Pleasanton school board mulls E-10 alternatives

Original post made on Oct 11, 2020

The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees debated the merits of pausing plans to build the future $48 million E-10 school at the Donlon Elementary site or staying the course during its regular meeting Thursday night.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 11, 2020 at 5:18 pm

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Sorry, I missed the news that said that the east side developers won’t pay for a school there.

Why not?

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Posted by Jimmy The Jet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2020 at 8:07 am

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The school district need to chance the boundaries. Make the schools more equitable. But does the board have the guts to do what needs to be done?

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Posted by wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2020 at 8:33 am

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Let me understand, elementary school enrollment is down 225 students this year when it was projected to increase. I don't think anyone can seriously predict if these students will return to the district and if so when. The district is deficient spending already (and projecting to deficent spend next fiscal year) and adding a new school will add $850,000 operating costs yet Trustees Yee and Valerie Arkin want to go full steam ahead with a new school? Really--why not pause for a year and see what happens with enrollment? Thankfully, Trustee Miller seems to understand the situation.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 12, 2020 at 8:58 am

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There is a time limit on the money and enrollment is still high in that end of town. There also are the homes RHNA will demand be built. They need the school. But if they decide against a school, they promised not to bond the $35MM—saving taxpayers that expense. As for deficit spending, they were doing it before COVID. Why is that?

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Posted by wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2020 at 9:25 am

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Kathleen, i think you miss my point. We are in unprecedented times with covid-19. No one can predict what is going to happen with school enrollment. It makes NO sense to rush to take on another $850,000 in operating expenses given uncertainty around covid-19. No one can say for certain what the enrollment will be next year. what is the harm in pausing for one year? that question was asked and the answer was that its a possibility. They can redistrict to better balance schools now and it doesn't cost anything.

As far as RHNA, my understanding is the zoning needs to be in place by 2023. Any building would start after that. Given the review approval process, its hard to believe any new units would be built and occupied before 2025 so a one year pause is doable.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

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But schools don’t get built in a year, and we know for certain that infill and east side development will require at least one if not two new schools, as well as expansion for middle and high schools.

So if developers aren’t contributing to the school pot, where’s that money supposed to come from?

We don’t want to be like Dublin, do the development first, then wait a decade for the school capacity to catch up. Let’s be more like San Ramon, and have state-leading schools there from day one.

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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

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Why aren’t the developers required to help pay for new schools on the East side?? Ponderosa Homes was quick to jump on that “pot-of-gold” to represent the land owners, now they need to step up and ante up, just don’t understand why this would be allowed to happen?
Anybody out there in charge of this mess have any concern for our kids?

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