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Economic forecast mostly favorable for Pleasanton Unified

Original post made on Jun 16, 2021

Despite student enrollment taking a hit this last academic year, Pleasanton Unified School District's budget outlook has improved considerably after the COVID-19 pandemic first began, staff reported to the Board of Trustees last week.

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 16, 2021 at 10:20 pm

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Newsom, with the upcoming recall, continues to ‘payoff’ his contributors (Teacher’s Union) for meritless effort. The pandemic has been good for them.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2021 at 8:07 am

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This data seems to conflict with the realstate market - while I do see families moving out, they are being replaced with new families with school aged children, and the older home owners are also cashing out are being replaced with families as well - so where is this decline in enrollment coming from? If this is true, school aged children are moving in, but enrollment is down, that only suggests PUSD is not an attractive option for parents/students anymore; private and home schooling on the rise? This would be a good followup for the weekly to pursue - if realstate is skyrocketing with more families / school aged children moving into Pleasanton and student enrollment is down - where are the kids going?

This doesn't make sense, and when things don't make sense you start by following the money - where's that $35M bond money going now that PUSD isn't building another school? Is the district cherry picking data to fit the narrative?

Weekly - I would love a followup article

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 17, 2021 at 8:08 am

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Oh - and on Newsom COLA adjustment. I don't agree with the guy on 90% of his actions, this was a good one assuming it actually hits the teachers and doesn't get filtered through the administration first.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 18, 2021 at 8:37 am

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PP, the $35 million, promised to be returned to voters? They have said they’ll use it toward a K-8 school, or maybe expand existing schools, or who knows what else. But they will keep the money and keep fibbing about its use until it’s gone. Good luck getting the next parcel tax.

Posted by Fired Up!
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 26, 2021 at 5:14 pm

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@Kathleen Ruegsegger - There is a bond oversight committee in place to protect the taxpayers and the funds. Is the oversight committee not doing its job? Why do you say they will continue to fib? I have no backstory to understand your position. Can you provide more details? Is this something that needs to be reported?

Posted by skynet
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 27, 2021 at 7:12 am

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The bond oversight committee has a very limited role. They do not review if our tax dollars are effectively spent, the wisdom of PUSD's strategy to deploy those funds, or comment on alternatives to the selected projects. In effect, their only role is to pass judgement if the monies spent confirm to the States definition of Capital Expense. We would all benefit if the bond oversight committee was tasked with a fiduciary duty to taxpayers.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 27, 2021 at 7:58 am

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There is a clause in the resolution that states, essentially, “we don’t have to do the projects, even if there is money to do so.” So, the board has promised to build a school or return the money to the community—but so far, neither is happening. The board has talked about expanding other elementaries or saving it toward a K-8 school. The first is unconscionable; the latter a long wait and see. There are time limits, I believe, on spending the money. And skynet is correct, the bond oversight committee has very little power.

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