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Special school board meeting set for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow

Original post made on Jul 10, 2014

The Pleasanton school board is set to hold a special board meeting at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave, where they will consider "the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 10, 2014, 11:31 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by Apple, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Who the heck are they firing now? Seems kind of shady that they are doing it in the middle of the summer when no one is around.

The district has the ability to send emails to everyone who has a child in the PUSD with a few clicks yet I didn't receive one email a special board meeting.

We need some transparency and we need it now.

I would be interested to know when the PleasantonWeekly was made aware of this special meeting.


Posted by Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar is a registered user.

Apple,

I received an email from the district last night about the special board meeting.


Posted by Release the recording! , a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Will the school board post the recording of this "special" meeting???


Posted by Apple, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

So 30 hours notice to the media of a special meeting? And no email sent home to parents?

This district needs transparency. Badly.


Posted by Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar, a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar is a registered user.

Release the recording!,

On the school district website it stated the meeting was going to be streamed. However I just spoke with the Ahmadi's assistant and it will not be streamed.


Posted by curious, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Items dealing with personnel issues are done in closed session--thus no tv. don't understand the short notice though.

These are all reasons why we have elections every few years. If you're not happy, step up and help a candidate running trying to unseat an incumbent.


Posted by Apple, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Amanda,

The agenda also says:

1. 1.1 Call to Order

2. 1.2 Public Comments on Closed Session Items

Are they actually saying there will be time for public comments before the meeting goes into close session? I know in the past when they talk about public comments on closed sessions they don't mean the public as a whole - but just the person and other parties that are directly involved in the closed session items.

Also I believe the person the closed session meeting is about has the right to request an open meeting if they give enough notice. Was the person in question given enough notice of the meeting to exercise their right to an open meeting if they so desired?


Posted by Mom, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

If as a parent I am not told who the proposed action is possibly be taken against, how in the heck could I or anyone other member of the public know if I needed to comment during the public's time to comment.

Seriously, I think Arkin may be the one person on the board that might be worth keeping around. I believe she was on the board when Ahmadi was hired so this is one major strike against her.

If anyone's contract should not have been renewed it should have been Ahmadi's. I've lived here for decades, had kids in PUSD schools for the last twenty years and while I never cared for Dr. Casey, I find myself wishing he would come back. Maybe we'll get lucky and the employee they are consider action against is Ahmadi. I know what you are all thinking, but I always try to dream big.

What a mess. Just glad that my youngest is a senior this year. I feel for those of you that will have to continue to deal with this. I promise you it hasn't always been like this. In reality, the major issues started with the hiring of Ahmadi. It wasn't perfect before, but soooooooo much better.

Parvin, Put your big girl panties on, think about our children, and resign. Please.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

1. 2.1 Personnel Actions (Government Code 54957) - Limited to consideration of the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee or to hear "complaints or charges brought against such employee by another person or employee unless the employee requests a public session." (D) (V)

2. 2.1.1 Public Employee: Discipline, Release or Dismissal (D) (V)

I have repeatedly asked that the three options under 1.2.1 be listed separately as they should be so the public knows which items wi be discussed and whether they should attend or comment. This is particularly deceiving because the first option, appointment/evaluation requires, by law, the posting of the position (say superintendent) be included on the agenda. As you can see, it is still lumped together. I was told by Ms Ahmadi that the public can just attend to hear what' the discussions will be and then by a Kingsley attorney that the postings are fine. There is no interest by most of this governance team to follow any laws, especially when only one person at a time is asking them to comply. Our only hope is the fall election, and then maybe they will make staffing changes.


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger,

I agree with your if they are talking about anyone under section 1. 2.1 Personnel Actions and it is different than one employee related to 2.1.1 Public Employee: Discipline, Release or Dismissal.

Based on the wording it should be for one person for "Public Employee: Discipline, Release or Dismissal." If it is more than one person and/or for different reasons it could potentially be a violation of the Brown Act under section 54954.5 of the government code. The code would define that as one "item" and each item needs to have its own clear section.

Here is how enforcing the Brown Act works if you think there is a violation: Web Link


Posted by Jyjh, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

>> don't understand the short notice though.<<

Strange, isn't it?

If I didn't have such total and absolute faith in the district officials, I think I might wonder whether it could possibly be that they hoped that few members of the public would hear about the meeting and thus none would attend......


Posted by Thankful, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

I am thankful to the Pleasanton Weekly for at least providing the information. I know most parents don't log into the district website in the summer to see what is going on. I think this school district has gone down hill these last few years. What use to be a great place to have your kids go to school is turning out to be quite different now. It all starts with Ahmadi, she needs to go! Her decisions are not based on the good of the kids or community.


Posted by Kylee, a resident of Lemoine Ranch
on Jul 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

So what happened?


Posted by Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar, a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

Staff Reporter Amanda Aguilar is a registered user.

Kylee,

Here is a link to the article about the special board meeting this morning: Web Link


Posted by Jtjh, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Jtjh is a registered user.

Thank you, Ms. Aguilar, for your report on this inconveniently scheduled meeting.


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