Kids Club, summer school share 2014 highlights at Pleasanton school board meeting

Parents, students ask board to revoke calendar vote

As summer comes to an end, the Pleasanton school board and community were able to see and hear highlights from the Kids Club and 2014 Summer School programs at Tuesday night's board meeting.

Kids Club director Traci Peterson presented a slideshow of all the great things that have been happening in the Kids Club Program, such as the projects and educational field trips the children were able to participate in.

For example, the Kids Club Program implemented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education when the kids worked together in groups to design and build their own pinball game.

In addition to field trips and projects, the children participated in community service projects with Project Linus, Half Price Books, the city of Pleasanton and Open Heart Kitchen.

Kids from all the different Kids Club sites -- Alisal, Donlan, Hearst, Valley View and Vintage Hills -- shared what they thought about their experience in the program.

Valley View Kids Club participant Luna Rabello said, "I am so lucky to go to Kids Club."

In other business, summer school staff shared their highlights of the 2014 Summer School Program, which included 1,076 students completing the program.

One of the more interesting highlights was the new Summer Authors Seminar, a class where students were able to prepare for their first honors or Advanced Placement English class.

Summer school staff presented the board a movie where many students said they believe the Summer Authors Seminar prepared them well enough to be successful in their upcoming honors/AP English class.

During the same open session, board members unanimously approved the 2% compensation increase for management/confidential employees.

In addition, the board heard an update on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Field Test. Staff gathered feedback from students and teachers that participated in the "test of the test," which was shared with the Alameda County Office of Education, the California Department of Education, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Students are set to take the full assessment test this school year.

During the community comment session, nine people urged the board to revoke their vote on the school calendar change that was approved in June.

Seven parents said the board did not handle the process correctly and didn't let parents get involved enough.

Pleasanton parent and school board candidate Mark Miller said, "It will be a smoother and more successful transition with us behind you."

Trustee Valerie Arkin suggested the calendar discussion be put on an upcoming board agenda.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board approved of the consent agenda -- which included the approval of using Public Property Advisors as the consultant/realtor to guide the district through the process of identifying and evaluating sites for possible acquisition and potentially disposing of surplus property through sale, lease, or exchange.

However, Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi postponed the approval of the Student Teaching Agreements as the necessary documents were not ready yet.

During closed session, the board appointed Alisal Elementary principal Karen Johnson, Lydiksen Elementary principal Jacob Berg, assistant director of special education Colleen Palia , human resources coordinator Melinda Trammell, and communications and community engagement coordinator Nicole Steward.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for September 9 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

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