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Original post made on Jun 19, 2008

Calling an agreement between the school district and a developer to build Neal Elementary School "ambiguous," a judge this week delivered a sweeping blow to the district, leaving many to question what, if anything, will happen to the school, which has not been built.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 13, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Concerned dad of two PUSD students
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jun 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm

What an absolute colossal failure on the part of our school board and superintendant. Let’s do some quick math. $2M for current legal fees plus $2.5M for the builder attorney fees and court costs, not to mention at least $400k for design drawings. Oh, don’t forget the $1M to remove the two traffic calming circles and how much do you think those circles cost us in the first place, hmm, let’s just low-ball it and say $250k. Well , what does this simple addition problem add up to? That’s correct, tax payers of Pleasanton, over $6,000, 000! I bet we could have paid for that school after all, if we would have agreed to work with the developers instead of trying to strong arm them. $6M + $8.5M would have built a nice school.

Jim McKeehan said it best: This is a classic example of what happens when small-minded politicians attempt to micromanage an issue that they don't understand or comprehend and run roughshod over the people on staff who do have the experience and knowledge to properly address the issuu".

We’re lucky McKeehan and Jim Ghielmetti don’t plan to sue the district for slander.

Maybe it’s time for Superintendant Casey to pack his bags and head back to Watsonville. He’s clearly out of his league here. And I’m not seeing leadership from other board members either. Thanks for the lack of quality legal advise, Pat Kernan. Pat, you need to give up your seat and head back to the Sierra foothills, where your primary residence is. Now is a good time to make the move.

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