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Pleasanton residents set to decide $395M school bond measure on November ballot

Original post made on Aug 1, 2022

The Pleasanton school board is placing a $395 million general obligation bond measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot following a unanimous vote last week. The bond will help fund the first tier phase of the Facility Master Plan.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 1, 2022, 5:38 PM

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 1, 2022 at 7:31 pm

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To the following PUSD Board of Trustees:
Mark Miller, Steve Maher, Mary Jo Carreon, Kelly Mokashi, and Joan Laursen.

Why are you so adamant in stuffing this $400 tax increase down the throats of every senior citizen in Pleasanton?

This bond measure will force senior citizens of Pleasanton to pay 25% of this bond measure. Seniors are the smallest voting group in Pleasanton, why should the senior citizens carry this load?

This bond measure will force senior citizens out of their homes, they cannot afford this large sum of money added to their property tax bills for the rest of their life's.

I Challange each and every one of you trustees to respond to my comment, right here on this forum for all of Pleasanton voter to see, read, and reply back to you. If you do not respond here, we all will know you all are nothing more than a group of money wasting cowards.

Get on here, defend your unanimous vote to place this bond measure on the November ballot.


Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 1, 2022 at 7:52 pm

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If you enjoy your high re-sale value of your homes, voting for this School Bond is a must. Interest in buying in Pleasanton is strongly linked to the strong academic successes of Pleasanton schools and its college bound students. Robust educational opportunities and after school programs promotes athletics, the arts, social awareness, volunteerism and increases safety in the community. Support educational bonds and taxes.


Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 2, 2022 at 9:27 am

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Another move to change the character of Pleasanton. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND A NO VOTE ON THIS BOND ISSUE!


Posted by Barbara Costello
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 2, 2022 at 10:01 am

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No on this bond measure. The PUSD is once again trying to ram through a boondoggle bond measure when enrollment in Pleasanton schools is DECLINING! I know they see a lot of new homeowners in town who paid over-inflated prices for their houses and they think they can soak everyone with new taxes. This is just a money grab by a school board who has no transparency and who still has money left from the 2016 bond measure. This is a "get it while we can" grab. No, no and No again.


Posted by Stephanie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 2, 2022 at 11:41 am

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Can someone help me understand, please. We have lived here for 8 years, previously my 4 children (army brats) have attended 5 different school districts (12 different school buildings) in 3 separate states. One of these states with ZERO state income tax! I can’t understand the accounting here. With rural landscapes, my children were bussed to and from beautiful schools. (Well maybe not so beautiful when we attended a federal school on post). No busses here, obviously not needed…UNLESS with open enrollment your 2nd grader can’t attend Walnut Grove (2 blocks away) and the district places them in Lydiksen 2 miles away. After complaining that this child would be riding bikes with his brothers at Harvest Park, we made to Alisal. Phew!
But more Never have I had to pay out of pocket for athletics that supported the name of the school. This is the most confusing.
With the highest property values in the country how does our current budget not work. And why is standard maintenance (roofing) not calculated in this budget?
I’m concerned we’ll build these new structures, or make repairs just for new roof leaks in 30 years.
Is it just the California way… “more taxes” when we can’t budget appropriately?


Posted by Mr. Julius
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 2, 2022 at 12:31 pm

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What's wrong with remodeling the current gyms? And why build a new gym because of a few leaks? Roofs can be repaired or replaced.

I'd like to see a table or Excel spreadsheet with line by line costs for every proposed project. Does this contain super expensive, top-of-the-line energy retrofits? Unneeded. Paint the rooftops white to reflect the heat! (Dr. Bill Wattenberg suggestion, former Lawrence Livermore Labs scientist.)

They could have given us two or three options, but it sounds like some people have Dublin High envy.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2022 at 12:47 pm

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Stephanie - We have never had children in PUSD schools.
However, we have donated hundreds of dollars to PPIE.

The PUSD board know that people will provide monies to numerous programs, they as a board have ignored. They turn their back on this, encourage private donations. It allows them to throw the money around elsewhere.

There has never been professional budgeting in this school district.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 2, 2022 at 12:55 pm

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This is definitely a money grab and with only 50% in favor (of a very small survey sampling). Many of the items, like a new non-traditional high school, were not supported by 76%, but still made it into the bond. Tearing down AVHS’s theater rather than renovate—$35MM vs $5MM? Deferred maintenance (roofing, HVAC, etc.) should be taken from the general fund, but why do that when you can slip it into a bond?


Posted by SHale99
a resident of Village High School
on Aug 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm

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>>> like a new non-traditional high school

Please be so kind to show where this is hiding in the new bond request?

As far as I know Village is slated to be rebuilt, but lucky for it the funds aren't before the voters as they will use funds from the selling of most of the acres of the current site.

Or is this continued confusion on the 'new hs for 400 students'; which as pointed out wasn't the case.


Posted by PaulN
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2022 at 3:43 pm

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It would be nice if the district would find a way to fund an appropriate teaching with technology coordinator or individual who would be responsible for ensuring that teachers are trained on how to use the technology that's currently in their classroom by virtue of funding from the last past bond measure.

There's been a lot of site improvements made to the facilities and a lot of technology upgrades all afforded by the last bond which was passed. However putting technology in the classroom without offering teachers training on it not only as a piece of technology but also as a pedagogical tool is imperative. Currently the district has no staff designated with this task. This makes it very difficult for the true value of the investment and the efficacy of the tools to be realized. The lack of the districts action on this issue makes me concerned about future tech purchases and any any bond measures.

- PUSD Site Technology Specialist


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm

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New Educational Options Center--last page, last line, $70MM in two phases: Web Link

This is not just Village for $70MM--it's for 400 students.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm

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Here is one presentation on the Educational Options Center: Web Link

$70MM cannot be for 100 students, and I did not hear that at the last board meeting.


Posted by SHale99
a resident of Village High School
on Aug 3, 2022 at 11:34 am

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>>New Educational Options Center--last page

Believe you are reading that wrong. The current 'plan' is to rebuild Village on the acreage left over from the 'future' sales proceeds of the district property.

There are 'around' 100 HS kids on campus and a few hundred Pleasanton Virtual Academy students, who are never all on campus at same time. In fact, they are rarely there in any numbers. That is most likely where the phantom 400 student number came from.

The first domino has fallen with the purchase contract of the new district office building(s). It is in escrow and then remodel/repairs etc. Next domino in line is to sell the district acres and figure out where/what to do with the students when Village is demolished & rebuilt. All this is no less than a year or 2 away. Not a moment too soon....


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2022 at 12:51 pm

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The photos of the facility and $70MM is too much for the need of 100, or even 300 more sometime students. I can support a rebuild, but not out of huge bond padded with unbelievable costs.


Posted by SHale99
a resident of Village High School
on Aug 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm

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>>The photos of the facility and $70MM is too much for the need of 100,

One photo was of an existing school as an 'example' of what a new Village could be. As far as costs: construction costs are construction costs.

No matter: voters will have no say. Or they COULD have a say via board meetings....they just won't have a vote since the funds are scheduled to come from the selling of most of the current acres and what is left will be where Village will be built (after being demolished).

Anybody who has been on campus would agree Village needs to be dealt with and it would be cost prohibitive to try to 'fix' or 'repair' the current buildings.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2022 at 4:09 pm

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Agreed on your last sentence. The example is what the council is shooting for. I’m not sure about the assertion that fund will come from the existing land. The sale of the existing acres of the DO will pay for the acquisition of the “new” DO—repay the COPS. The $70MM for this educational facility is in the bond.


Posted by SHale99
a resident of Village High School
on Aug 3, 2022 at 5:36 pm

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>>Agreed on your last sentence

Perfect. As to the rest going to have to wait and see. The bond could fail and the funds from the sale WILL fund the new Village buildings. AT least that doesn't require your vote... :)


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 3, 2022 at 9:40 pm

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I wouldn’t vote against a smaller bond for Village and high school gyms, just not $395MM.


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