The Pleasanton school district will look tonight at a one-time spending plan of more than $2.7 million that would restore nearly 37 employees for the upcoming school year.
At the school board's meeting that starts at 7 p.m. tonight, staff will recommend the rehiring of some employees in technology services at a cost of nearly $315,000, counseling and library services at $408,000 and over $109,000 respectively, as well as instructional coaches at a cost of $504,000.
The plan calls for bringing back elementary and middle school vice principals at a cost of $540,000 and restoring maintenance workers and custodians for elementary, middle and high schools at $322,500. It would also bring back five elementary school physical education teachers and an elementary band teacher.
The equivalent of five counselors would be hired, with two headed to high schools, and seven technology specialists would be hired or rehired at elementary and middle schools.
However, Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi doesn't want to wait until next year to do some hiring. In her weekly update to board members, Ahmadi said she has authorized paying a substitute teacher and hourly pay to teachers to allow them to focus on Individualized Education Programs for special needs students.
IEPs are yearly evaluations for students with disabilities, evaluating the students' present levels of academic and functional performance, and preparing annual goals.
The extra focus will be on Lydiksen, Alisal, Donlon and Vintage Hills, the elementary schools with the largest number of special day classes for special needs students.
Also at its meeting tonight, the board will take public comment on the initial items for negotiation in collective bargaining between the school district and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers, the teachers' union.
The union wants to discuss salaries, benefits and class sizes, among other things. The district is also looking to discuss much the same thing.
The meeting will be held in the district's board room, 4665 Bernal Ave.