Town Square

Post a New Topic

Pleasanton school board OKs Facilities Master Plan, provides input on bond language for November election

Original post made on Jul 5, 2022

With the Pleasanton school board unanimously adopting the new Facilities Master Plan during its June 23 regular meeting, the next big step for the trustees is to order a school bond election this November -- and get the measure passed.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 4, 2022, 3:00 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 5, 2022 at 10:36 am

dknute is a registered user.

Maybe all that unused COVID money should be tapped first. Or, maybe gov newsom [spelling corrected] could use the excess tax money that’s been hoarded for greasing the ‘squeaky wheels’ that seem to pop up in California politics, frequently. Use that.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 5, 2022 at 10:46 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

So, more deferred maintenance instead of using deferred maintenance funds. And $105mm from Measure I1 ($35mm for a new elementary school is unbonded), meaning there is plenty of money to spend on schools (more fences?) and in an economy that is possibly headed for a recession. Nope. Too much ($420mm); too soon.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2022 at 11:20 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Absolutely not.

These board members are criminals with tax payers money.

No. Deliver on the past promises first and completely

Posted by SHale99
a resident of Village High School
on Jul 5, 2022 at 11:28 am

SHale99 is a registered user.

Thank goodness the funds from selling the district parcel isn't up for voters to chime in on. This way there will be a 'new' Village HS vs the crumbling building(s) they have now.

Posted by 1831tanglewood
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 5, 2022 at 5:05 pm

1831tanglewood is a registered user.

I agree re: FIRST deliver on past promises

Posted by Barbara Costello
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 7, 2022 at 4:06 pm

Barbara Costello is a registered user.

No more bonds. The schools all got so much Covid money they don't know how to spend it. They haven't spent all the money from the last bond they passed. They are getting meal money to feed every kid under 18 breakfast and lunch and I doubt that it is needed in Pleasanton. I will vote no.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 8, 2022 at 8:33 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

There are needs—the gyms at Amador and Foothill, for example. So if you want a bond to pass, make it for those specific projects—$100mm?—and not tearing down, for example, Amador’s theater. PUSD received $270mm with I1, hasn’t used $70mm of it, and hasn’t built a needed elementary school. Think differently School Board, you are not getting big money, especially when you keep in the clause saying you don’t have to build what’s on the list even if you have the funds.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

In 2011, the school district was found to have illegally refinanced bond debt and taking additional debt, unapproved by voters. Daniel Borenstein wrote on the topic in the East Bay Times and quoted the consultant hired to determine what happened: “As Raineri told the school board last week, ‘It’s part of what goes on in our society that business is aggressive in pursuing its needs. And that’s why government has to be aggressive about pursuing the public good.’” Web Link

A $450MM bond is not pursuing the public good; it is an outrageous money grab.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Some of the best jobs around
By Sherry Listgarten | 4 comments | 2,076 views

Pleasanton officials sprint to approve housing plan
By Tim Hunt | 6 comments | 1,321 views

People and Relationships Never Stop Being a Work in Progress
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,029 views

Student Loans That Make Sense
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 713 views

Thanksgiving day blues
By Monith Ilavarasan | 0 comments | 703 views


Support local families in need

Your contribution to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will go directly to nonprofits supporting local families and children in need. Last year, Pleasanton Weekly readers contributed over $74,000. A match by our fiscal sponsor, Three Valleys Community Foundation (3VCF), elevated the grand total to $80,000.