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Pleasanton school board takes a closer look at E-10 school plans

Original post made on May 13, 2020

The Pleasanton school board took a closer look at the planned E-10 school site, approved $831,000 for new student devices and updated the district's alternative graduation credits policy during an online meeting on Thursday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 10, 2020, 9:01 PM


Posted by John
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

It’s nice that they have money for everyone but there employees cost of living raises good job p.u.s.d

Posted by What's Next?
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 13, 2020 at 5:52 pm

Not a fan of separating K-3 from 4-5 on the same property and calling it a new school. With same logic, we can create four high schools by separating each grade to a section of the campus at a high school and call it four separate schools. How about discussing creating an actual new school as those who supported the bond measure supported/expected?

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Amazingly, they are acting like they won’t need space.

The Donlon plan was a compromise; never the best, but better than nothing.

Posted by Time to investigate
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

Why is PUSD allowing certificated management to resign in secret?

The last Board meeting doesn't even list the name in Personnel Actions. It just says Employee ID 2347. Take a look at the Board meeting packet if you don't believe this post. It says:

2347 06-30-2020

Seriously folks? No wonder the public didn't vote for the most recent bond measure.

With this sort of secrecy, no wonder the public has no trust in PUSD.

Who is Employee ID 2347 and why were they allowed to resign in secret whereas every other resignation is public? Was there also a secret settlement where PUSD paid out money for them to resign? Typically those that resign in secret have some sort of secret settlement.

It is time for the Pleasanton Weekly to shed some light on this mystery.

Shame on PUSD for hiding in the shadows. Again.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm

A reminder these board members promised to not sell the bonds ($35MM) for “E-10” if they could not build that school. This recent conversation should set off alarm bells, especially if the alternatives are to add portables or even modular buildings to other campuses (which still incur operating costs). This language is where they could attempt to keep the $35MM: Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available).”

Let’s remember the actual ballot language included ***a new elementary school***: “To repair and upgrade aging classrooms and facilities at local schools; provide 21st-century learning technology and facilities; improve school safety and security; update science labs; improve energy and water efficiency; renovate, construct, and acquire classrooms, equipment and facilities; ***and construct a new elementary school,*** shall Pleasanton Unified School District issue $270,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, all funds used for local schools, and no money used for administrators’ salaries?”

I do not believe this community’s children can keep ending up with the short end of the stick. We needed a school before Lydiksen was chosen as a first priority; we will need that school more than ever and now.

Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on May 14, 2020 at 1:41 pm

Am I the only resident of pleasanton who isn’t surprised that we will never see that new school from the measure I1 funds?? That money is burning holes in the pockets of the PUSD, stand back and watch it slowly disappear with nothing to show for it, what a bunch of con artists!

Posted by Karl Aitken
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

More Chrome Books for kids to take home? This is rich Pleasanton where the majority of families (and probably individual students) have laptops at home. A million dollars (including the bond interest) to buy tech equipment that is not needed is a big waste of funds that could be used elsewhere.

Sure, buy some for the kids who can’t afford one and maybe figure out a way to pay for internet if help is needed for that, but don’t waste my tax dollars when there is greater need for other projects.

As I have noted in previous posts, we should all be assessing the school board’s ability to think and act differently than just doing the same old thing. The new post virus reality needs something better than this. Our kids can’t afford another school year of mediocrity and incompetence

Posted by Karl Aitken
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 14, 2020 at 2:20 pm

And regarding the comment above complaining about no cost of living increases....

Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs and many of them live and pay taxes in Pleasanton. For them to be out of a job and to hear complaints about no raises - seems the complainers need to join the rest of us in the real world.

Everyone in the real world has either lost their job or are hoping their company stays strong financially and does not lay them off.

Perhaps this year school employees should be glad they still get to keep their job .......