The Pleasanton school board meets tonight and public schools open Wednesday as campuses across the city hum with students and their parents, teachers and staff.
To kick off the new school year, the board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Board Room at the PUSD District Offices, 4665 Bernal Avenue.
The meeting will be video-recorded by TV30 for later broadcast on Channel 28, and it will also be webcast live for those who want to watch it on computers.
For some, these last two days before returning to school is the last chance to sleep late or lounge by the pool on a weekday morning. For others, the time will be used to catch up on summer assignments they've been putting off. And for many, the past week or two have meant getting back into the groove of school with band rehearsals, football training and cheerleader practice.
During registration at Amador Valley High, students were buzzing with anticipation at the prospect of going back, seeing friends and moving up a grade.
"All we have to do now is keep them this excitement for the rest of the year," said Pleasanton School Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi who toured the school and met with incoming Principal Jim Hansen last Tuesday.
The school district won't have final numbers on student population until midweek when it sorts out the students who have moved into or out of the district. The tentative figure is 14,870 -- up slightly from 2009-10.
"Based on the numbers we've had so far, we've had to add a number of staff," Ahmadi said.
The summer has brought many changes to the Pleasanton Unified School District. Ahmadi began her first year as superintendent July 1.
Jim Hansen, the former principal at Harvest Park Middle School, has replaced Bill Coupe, Jr., the longtime Amador Valley High principal who retired. The principal's position at Harvest Park has been filled by Ken Rocha, who was a vice principal at the school. Ben Fobert, former Amador Valley High vice principal, is now the principal at Mohr Elementary.
Retirements also have meant new principals at Donlon Elementary and Hart Middle School.
Barbara Heisser will step in as Donlon's principal, succeeding Marc Schweitzer. Until now, Heisser has been splitting her time as vice principal at Donlon and Lydiksen Elementary.
Terry Conde, who had served as vice principal at Hart Middle School, has been promoted to its principal, replacing Steve Maher.
Lisa Hague will move from being a teacher at Pleasanton Middle School to its vice principal, after Aileen Parsons, who was vice principal, accepted a position as principal in the Dublin Unified School District.
There are still two vice principal positions in the process of being filled. These are at Amador Valley High, replacing Ben Fobert, and at Hart Middle School, replacing Terry Conde.
Some of the moves won't be official until the school board takes formal action, which is expected tonight.