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Pleasanton school board meets tonight for 3rd look at 2015-16 calendar

Board also to discuss in closed session lawsuit by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh

The Pleasanton school board will be taking another look at the previously-approved modified lite calendar during tonight's school board meeting.

During the Dec. 9 meeting, newly-elected school board member Mark Miller requested that the calendar item be put on a future agenda for discussion and possible action to see how the board would like to proceed with the item.

The modified lite calendar, starting the 2015-16 school year, was approved 4-1 at the June 17, 2014 board meeting -- with Trustee Valerie Arkin in dissent.

At the Sept. 9, 2014 meeting, the calendar item was brought back for report and possible action to rescind June's approval. The board voted 3-2 against the motion to rescind, with Trustee Arkin and Jamie Hintzke voting for the rescission.

The board will discuss and possibly consider the rescission of June's approval during open session at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

During Tuesday's closed session, starting at 5 p.m., the board will discuss with legal counsel and possibly take action on the lawsuit filed by former Walnut Grove principal Jon Vranesh against the Pleasanton school district.

The former principal filed a lawsuit Oct. 17, but has not yet specified the amount of monetary damages sought.

Vranesh, who was placed on administrative leave in October 2013 for allegedly creating a "hostile work environment" at the school site, has asked for "economic and non-economic damages according to proof, reinstatement to his position with back pay, and punitive damages against the individual defendants … according to proof," and attorneys' fees.

The board held a special closed-door meeting Oct. 22, 2014 to discuss and possibly take action on the lawsuit, however, no action was taken.

Also during closed session, the board will consider and possibly take action on "the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee."

The name and position of the employee was not released.

In other the business, the board will appoint an elementary interim principal.

Any action taken in closed session will be reported during open session.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 12, 2015 at 8:17 am

With the addition of Miller, hopefully Miller, Arkin and Hintzke will do the right thing and rescind the modified lite schedule in favor of the status quo.


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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2015 at 8:49 am

Starting school in early August has been an embarrassment to the community. We are now out of sync with all the other schools in our region - for academics and sports. Other than a small fringe of parents that are in favor of it, the district has not provided any reason for making the change. The schedule can easily be modified so that we start school at the end of August and have finals before Christmas - we would simply have slightly different semester lengths - who cares? The rest of the country does this so why do we in Pleasanton feel compelled to destroy traditional summer vacation and all the other programs and schedules the rest of the region and this country embrace. This has been rushed without any consideration to the unintended consequences which includes but is not limited to: we are out of sync with the East Bay Athletic Conference; our kids won't be able to participate in scouting programs and other summer programs that are conducted in early to mid-August; we will have 10,000 middle school and high school kids generally unsupervised for a week in October when parents are working and don't have time to take off for an odd ball vacation in the middle of a busy work month (conferences, tradeshows, meetings - the rest of the world doesn't do these things during the summer because people are on vacation); have we violated Americans with Disabilities Act by rushing this and not considering the specific needs of disabled Americans and what impact this schedule would have on them? There are many reasons not to go with the early schedule, and no tangible benefits to making the change. Thanks Mark Miller for doing the right thing and the board for supporting a return to sanity.


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Posted by Kati
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

Miller is beating a dead horse just to appease the elementary school parents who voted for him. What a waste of time to spend on issues that were already already voted on more than once. Get over it and move on.


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Posted by Just decide
a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 8:55 am

I hope that the Board will make a decision and stick with it. We have to plan for the summer and time is ticking.


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Posted by "member"
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Oh my gosh are you pleasanton people that arrogant and above reproach that your going to make such ridiculous comments about changing your school year calendar i.e. who will watch are kids in October that work while parents are working are you kidding me who are you kidding ??!!?? You will do what every other parent does in their community that is on year round. Get over yourselves !!!


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I like the new calendar.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm

I don't mind it either. I have a kid in Hart so it affects me directly but I don't see it as a problem. Once we "try it on" it may not be as bad as some are saying here.


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Posted by Parent of 3
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I love the new modified lite school calendar and it has been approved several times. Next election I'll work hard to vote out Miller and the others who vote with him if they rescind it.


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Posted by Reply to "Concerned Parent"
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

From your comment: "we will have 10,000 middle school and high school kids generally unsupervised for a week in October when parents are working and don't have time to take off for an odd ball vacation in the middle of a busy work month (conferences, tradeshows, meetings - the rest of the world doesn't do these things during the summer because people are on vacation);" and "The rest of the country does this so why do we in Pleasanton feel compelled to destroy traditional summer vacation and all the other programs and schedules the rest of the region and this country embrace."

There are many public school districts in the country that are year round school where 2 week breaks are taken at various intervals. Cousins in North Carolina on year round public school get 2 weeks off in October for example.

Parents, activities, child care companies all adjust. You are being alarmist.


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Posted by Keep modified lite
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Trustee Arkin and Jamie Hintzke and Mike Miller - please do the right thing and keep the current calendar. Move on to more pressing business for our children.


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Posted by Parentof2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Hope they vote to rescind. Mark Miller always said that if elected he would try to get the calendar vote rescinded. Over 7,000 votes for him so there are a lot of people out there that don't support the modified calendar or don't agree with the way the District handled the process.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

I didn't feel that the survey results were accurately reflected in the board meeting and vote. My contribution wasn't. I think I voted for a slight change to help the older kids and then somehow I got bunched into the category of wanting big change, when in fact I wanted none personally, but also wanted to support those who did need a little change to get exams before Christmas. I'm glad they are looking at it again. School will be starting too early as is currently proposed. We did not need this level of change or an Oct break. Really we should just have less time off at Thanksgiving and I imagine everything would fall into place.


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Posted by Parentof2
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jan 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Just a reminder that only 18% of parents and 30% of teachers voted for the modified lite.


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Posted by Best process for calendar consideration
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

For all of the people that did not like the process that led to the modified lite calendar, what will your reaction be if the board rescinds the calendar in this next meeting?? Currently, the school calendar as communicated in press releases and to the public is the calendar that the board approved in September, 2014. That is the status quo moving forward. If there is a proposed change to this - let's see what process Mark Miller will use to ensure all voices are heard and that it is not just as arbitrary as the last decision.

If the current school calendar (known as modified lite) is overturned at the next meeting with no input from current residents and no research, then he and the board is just as guilty and arbitrary as the first go around.

Keep it as is through 2016-2017, look to the 2017 - 2018 school year and show the residents of Pleasanton the fair process that you campaigned for.


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Trustee Arkin and Jamie Hintzke and Mike Miller - please do the right thing and keep the current schedule and rescind the calendar changes


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Posted by Best process for calendar consideration
a resident of Ruby Hill
39 minutes ago

Q:
"For all of the people that did not like the process that led to the modified lite calendar, what will your reaction be if the board rescinds the calendar in this next meeting?? Currently, the school calendar as communicated in press releases and to the public is the calendar that the board approved in September, 2014. That is the status quo moving forward. If there is a proposed change to this - let's see what process Mark Miller will use to ensure all voices are heard and that it is not just as arbitrary as the last decision."

A: I would think, good for reversing the first arbitrary decision before it harmed my family

Q:
If the current school calendar (known as modified lite) is overturned at the next meeting with no input from current residents and no research, then he and the board is just as guilty and arbitrary as the first go around.

A: False - it is a revision to an existing status quo with know benefits and costs
Q:
Keep it as is through 2016-2017, look to the 2017 - 2018 school year and show the residents of Pleasanton the fair process that you campaigned for.

A: Keep it as it has always been and look to the 2017 - 2018 school year for and intelligent process that was not purely motivated by our incompetent superintendent's desire to make a name for herself



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Posted by Parentof2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

To bestprocessforcalendarconsideration,

Your points don't make sense. The current calendar ie 2014/15 is traditional. The modified lite won't be in place until 2016/17, with early start/finish as the calendar for 2015/16. No changes have been implemented so it clearly makes sense that any future discussion on calendar changes should be made from the long standing traditional calendar currently in place and on which lives have built around for years.


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

To Parentof2,

The school calendars for 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 have been voted on, approved and communicated. The changes have been already been made by the rules that govern our school system. Just because you don't like it or it isn't "the good old days" doesn't mean it is not the current plan that has legally been adopted for our school.


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Posted by Parentof2
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm

To the latest 'Me'

And just because the minority (18%) like the modified lite and voted for it, doesn't mean that the Board can't be legally rescind it to allow for a true community decision, based on a properly run process.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I think we absolutely as a community voted for change -Mark Miller, so processes could more transparent and community facing.

As long as it's legal to return to a normal schedule, the new board, voted on by the community in a proper way, can make this decision. They represent the community. Thank goodness no one said thie school board vote wasn't valid and we only had two choices picked by the superintendent and the union. That wouldn't be fair, would it?


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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

@Me "The changes have been already been made by the rules that govern our school system. "

Actually, no. Many of us watched in horror as the process was abused. First, the calendar change decision was made with the union without any parent or community involvement at all, as though we weren't even relevant to the process. The board members seem to have forgotten who they work for.

Eventually, when enough parents did start to object, the district conducted a last-minute survey during the busiest time of the school year. The results of that survey were then blatantly distorted to misrepresent the will of those who were alert enough to the issue and able to make time to respond.

End result? An outcome favored only by a small minority somehow was rammed through. This is a democracy?

If those were the rules that govern our school system, then we need new rules, as well as a better calendar.


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Posted by Ranger
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 12, 2015 at 10:02 pm

I say rescind. Beyond the sketchy process, most of the students aren't negatively impacted by the current schedule. Look around. Most of the adults in this affluent, professional community went to a traditionally scheduled school and somehow managed to survive (and thrive).


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Posted by 1 board member who voted FOR the new calendar won
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jan 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm

@ Parent: "I think we absolutely as a community voted for change -Mark Miller, so processes could more transparent and community facing."

I disagree. The certified race results are below. The person who came in first, Joan Laursen, voted FOR the modified lite calendar. Paige Wright- the other candidate who campaigned on rescinding the calendar - came in 3rd (by a small margin over Jeff Bowser who also voted for the modified lite calendar).

I don't see any community mandate for the old calendar here.

Joan Laursen Incumbent 28.9% 9,705
Mark R. Miller 25.3% 8,485
Paige Wright 23.1% 7,740
Jeff Bowser Incumbent 22.7% 7,605
Write-in votes 0.1% 40

Link: Web Link


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Please rescind. The whole process was flawed when it comes to community involvement and also when presented to the board for the original vote. Start over and do it right this time. Thank you for revisiting.


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2015 at 6:33 am

The fact that both Miller and Wright received more votes than incumbent Trustee Bowser is huge. Do you realize how tough it is to unseat an incumbent? That speaks volumes to concerns citizens have with the leadership of the district which includes the PROCESS used to arrive at the decision to change the schedule.

Its time to accept the results of the election and work to fix the things that caused the citizens to vote out an incumbent trustee keeping in mind its about educating our children.


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on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

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Posted by Miller-Time
a resident of Old Towne
on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

PLEASE rescind this calendar!!!!


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:45 am

I personally don't see what the big deal is. I don't like having a 10 or 11 week summer. That is way too long of a break for kids to be able to retain information from the previous school year. Shortening the summer break means less time reviewing at the beginning of the school year and more time learning new material, which the teachers are having trouble fitting in with the current school schedule. I wish people would look at the research on this issue instead of making comments to the contrary.


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Posted by Have had both calendars
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

As a mom who has had kids on both calendars I hate to tell you that I do like finals before Christmas and getting out at the end of May. However, where the Board went wrong is that they went too far. If they had just started school a week or 10 days early and didn't propose an unnecessary week off in October I seriously doubt everyone would be so up in arms about this. And for the commenter about EBAL sports - DLS and Carondelet are in EBAL and start mid August and get out in May so I don't consider your sports point valid. I also hate to bring up the point that people are complaining about not having input. This was talked about for a long time but no one was paying attention. As soon as it changes then all of a sudden people are up in arms. Moral of the story is if you want to be involved and have input get on the district email blast AND READ THEM! We need to stop beating a dead horse....who knows other districts might follow suit.


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Posted by amador parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

Fingers crossed the vote will be rescinded. Even though I called the school concerned about our band kids. They will have to start August 4th and march in even more heat of the summer. It's was a rushed and ridiclous decision. Those of us with concerns about jobs and sports for our kids over the summer were ignored.


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Posted by Kati
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

It seems that too many parents are more concerned about the process that took place rather tnab what's best for the students.


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Posted by choloslovechild
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

"What's best for our children" is subjective. Public education is subject to the same scrutiny from the electorate as any other big government program. Therefore, if you disagree with the actions taken by elected officials and those they hire to administrate their policy, you have the obligation to vote them out. While the calendar is a wedge issue, Mark Millers election is a referendum on PUSD in general and specifically on the "process" that have unethically used on this and many other issues. That argument cannot be broken. But don't take my word for it, ask Jeff Bowser.


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Posted by mrs bob
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

I went to plenty of meetings on this s subject. Don't know how people missed them. Also emails to look at if could not attend. I heard & understood why the high school NEED the October break & the exams by Xmas. I think it is a great idea to help the students & teachers. After all that's who the change is for. There ARE other districts already on this new calendar so we are not the only ones. If you'd gone to meeting you'd know that. I have children in middle & high so will see & know how it affects them. Change is good. 10 weeks is WAY too long. Other countries have better education systems than here with shorter terms (semesters) & shorter summer. Guess what. .. the patents cope. Lol. The kids actually get time to rest & recharge for school. Having experienced a child with 6 weeks off & a child with 8 weeks off in the summer & different dates & lengths of time in October & the Easter break. ... you cope. It's fine. I personally thought the 8 week summer break was the perfect length. After 8 weeks the kids are getting board.
I welcome the change & so do my kids as we've spoke about it too! After all it involves & affects then too. Yes on a lazy side their first reaction was no keep the 10 weeks. .. but after experiencing 10 verses 6 & 8 weeks.. They agreed 10 was too long & hot! Lol. Either KEEP the new calender or revise it for an 8 week summer keeping the extra oct break. .. kids NEED that & teachers. Especially those dealing with college submissions.


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Posted by Rescind
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jan 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

I agree with the previous reader who mentioned that the majority of us survived the traditional school calendar and yet we are to live and afford this affluent area because of our education in high school and college. There is no reason to change.

This calendar was jammed down our throats even with the objections from parents well informed and participated in the process. Yet we were not heard.

Pleasanton does not have to be the district to start this new schedule. There is a reason why no other school in the Tri valley and nearby have not accepted. Thank you Mark for doing the right thing.


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Posted by Concerned parent
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Why is Pleasanton so change resistant? The argument that the adults who lived here had a traditional calendar turned out fine and so it should be for our kids -- is absurd. You adults that turned out just fine also didn't have laptops in school back in the 80s - are you advocating that we do away with the laptop program and using email/Google docs for students to complete work?



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Posted by Jill
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jan 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

@Rescind--Just because you didn't get the outcome that you wanted doesn't mean that your objections weren't heard. Plenty of parents supported a modified calendar. If the board goes the other way tonight, does that mean that the parents who wanted a modified calendar get to complain that they weren't heard?

If you want to know what's going on in the schools, get on the mailing lists and pay attention! The district provided plenty of notice about the fact that the board was considering changing the calendar and held community meetings long before this came to the original vote. People seem to think that the district should've gone door-to-door to make sure everyone was informed.

At the same time, I think that the board misstepped with the survey (it was complex and results could be read in several different ways, plus a survey makes it sound as though you're going to let the participants decide the issue). I also think that it was spectacularly bad management for the district to negotiate down to two options with the unions without the board knowing about it.

I don't particularly care which calendar we use. Mostly I just want the board to make and stick with a decision so we can move on.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

To those who "survived the traditional school calendar and yet we are to live and afford this affluent area because of our education in high school and college. There is no reason to change." Here is an inconvenient fact...things have changed and not for the better. UC's are impacted, success in multiple AP classes are now a requirement in order to effectively compete for a place in a UC or quality private college/university -note I said compete, not actually secure a spot-and based on this mornings news, it just got tougher. Kids are expected to juggle additional activities to pad their college app, SAT/ACT prep, and, based on what I see from a high-achiever child at Amador, 3-4 hours of homework per night appears to be the norm. These kids are experiencing levels of stress, parental expectation, and burn out that my age group didn't have to deal with. I grew up in the Bay Area and have lived here most of my life-this isn't the high school experience I remember. There is a reason to at least evaluate how a change might improve this process with the objective of improving our kids lives. Now, how the evaluation process was conducted and a decision reached -that is another issue entirely.


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Posted by Working Parent
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I see some benefits of ending the first semester before Xmas and am open to change, but they just poorly added another week of vacation without considering pulling it from somewhere else. I think there is a comprise if they challenged all of the days off they have. Some facts:

*For the 2016-17 school year: 9 holidays, 26 days off, 9 minimum days. If you do the math, you need 30 days of vacation to cover for the non-holidays. Who gets 6 weeks of vacation??? Not me. Plus how will all of these families moving into the high density housing cope? Childcare is not cheap and I doubt they get 6 weeks off. I expect they will be working full time in positions that don't allow flex time or work from home options.

*In the 1st semester, there are only 12 weeks out of 20 that are actually 5 full day (60%). In the second there are 14 weeks out of 21 that have 5 full days (67%). This disrupts learning. My kids don't have the same homework during these weeks. No spelling test, no language or math tests. This is a real problem. I am not concerned about forgetting during the summer. I am concerned the current partial week schedules we have don't have them learn the stuff to begin with. My kids do best on a routine. This constant disruption in school days just messes up their routine schedule and learning.

*November specifically, of the 22 weekdays, they are only in school 11 full days. And they are spread out. My kids learn nothing in November.


My recommendation, keep our summer. If you have to add a week break in October, then pull those days out of November breaks or other places during the year, so better learning could take place. You don't need to have so many days off so close together. For example do we need an extra day during Veterans Day when Thanksgiving is close behind? Why do they need two Mondays in a row for Presidents day. How do these help, but just steal from our summer and prevent my daughter from learning how to spell for two weeks in a row instead of one.


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Posted by citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Keep the new schedule! Its best for our kids and their future!


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Posted by citizen
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Keep the new schedule! Its best for our kids and their future!


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Posted by Parentwithchildindistrict
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I could care less about what they do with the calendar, we'll cope either way. I just hate the process, it just seemed so dishonest.

Why sent out a survey that says there are 5 choices when really there were only two. A deal had been made with the union almost a year before. Joan Laursen even stated that at the September meeting. Why not just tell the community and parents that the deal was done and it was either keep things the way they were or change to modified light. Why lie or misrepresent the facts? Good lord, we are supposed to be in the business of educating children, why not lead with integrity or is that just too hard?

I hope too the board and admin will do the right thing in the Vranesh situation and make amends to him for what they have done, instead of dragging out the process. They messed up and bungled the situation until it was out of control. Fact is the poor leadership by both Parvin and her cabinet will cost the district millions, not to mention all the time and effort and CASH spent that could have been better spent on educating our kids.

It's a new year, perhaps the Superintendent and her cabinet will become leaders our children deserve.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Laursen got almost 4,000 fewer votes than she did in 2010 and Bowser is the first incumbent trustee to not be re-elected. This despite higher name recognition, more campaign contributions (including labor PAC's) and vocal, organized support from the teachers' union. Clearly voters were upset with the Board and the process behind the calendar change was one issue. Miller has been open all along that if elected he would look at the calendar.


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Posted by Amador High School Parent
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

The Board has an obligation to consider the entire Pleasanton community, not just teachers and families with currently enrolled students. Many other members of the Pleasanton community are directly or indirectly impacted by the Board’s decision to change the school calendar. While not an exhaustive list, consider:

• Students interested in gaining work experience and income from a steady summer job
• Students who pursue specialized interests over the summer (film, art, computer programming, sports, etc.)
• Extended family members (grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, etc.) impacted by the schedule change
• Businesses who depend on high school students for temporary summer workers
• Vacation property owners/renters whose ability to enjoy a vacation in August is now restricted
• Pleasanton parents with young children not yet in school, but who will be impacted by the change soon enough
• Families with elementary students in the PUSD, but older students in private/vocational schools
• Single/Separated/Shared custody parents with children on different schedules or in different schools

When did the School Board fully consider these impacts? Certainly not by way of a deficient survey. Many of these stakeholders would not - and should not - be on the PUSD mailing list, follow the regular School Board agendas, or receive a survey robo-call. But as taxpayers supporting the district, they deserve to be consideration. As evidenced by the reaction to the Board’s decision, that was not the case.

The School Board should rescind the school calendar change until such time as it has demonstrated its decision is in the best interests of students, teachers, AND the larger community. Not before.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Sorry, can't help but comment. There are currently 43 comments on this string, not to mention countless other comments about the subject. I get that people are upset on a variety of fronts but why do they have the time to comment on this repatedly and the 2 PUSD teachers, one who received national recognition, have a total of 5 comments between them? I'll admit, I've not commented either but shouldn't we also be celebrating, with a bit more enthusiasm, the good along with the bad?


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Posted by 2015/16 and 2016/17 already implemented
a resident of Ponderosa
on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 calendars actually have been implemented and scheduled. So a vote to rescind would be the same thing that Miller accused the last board of doing: making changes to an implemented calendar without thorough community input.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Think your splitting hairs here. Sure, calendars for the next two years have been approved but when the Board voted on them at the November meeting (Bowser's last), Joan Laursen (surprisingly) commented that approval didn't mean that changes couldn't be made later - she actually said that following the election results it was possible that the calendar change would be revisited.


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