The Pleasanton school board has a packed agenda for tonight's meeting, which includes: a discussion and vote for an "alternative academic calendar option", the approval of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and the approval of the 2014-15 budget.
According to the agenda packet, district staff recommends the board to approve the modified lite calendar for the 2015-16 school.
After months of analyzing data collected and hearing community input, the board will decide if this is the best calendar option that will meet the academic and social-emotional needs of the students.
The possible calendar modification discussion began in October and was presented to the board on May 27 and June 3. In addition, the calendar committee held meetings about the calendar options, sent out staff and parent surveys, created a designated email for community input and posted the information on the district website.
In other business, the board will review and vote to approve the Local Control and Accountability Plan. After the June 3 public hearing on LCAP, changes and additions have been made to the plan.
Also during open session, the board will be asked to approve the 2014-15 budget. According to the agenda, no changes were made to the proposed budget presented to the board on June 3, except the following:
* The PUSD budgeted positions totaling $74,000, which provides an additional hour of library assistants at each elementary school as approved by the board in February 2014 and continues funding for the clerical staff supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In addition, the PUSD budgeted $61,000 for instructional materials to increase resources for site libraries to provide greater access to materials and content as noted on the LCAP.
* Revenues and expenditures were increased by $173,000 to reflect positions that are contracted to other institutions (i.e., 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) coordinator position for the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and 0.20 FTE coordinator position for the New Teacher Center (NTC)).
* The PUSD adjusted revenue for the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, also known as Proposition 39, by $0.2 million at Estimated Actuals to reflect the updated estimated entitlement provided by the State. This change increased the legally restricted fund balance by the same amount.
In closed session scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., the board will discuss two public employee discipline cases and the approval of "algebra waiver for student #45902."
Any action taken in closed session will be reported at the regular school board meeting.
The regular school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom at 4665 Bernal Avenue.
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