The Pleasanton school board heard a report from middle school principals at its meeting Tuesday night about a proposal to expand the traditional Laptop Program to all middle school students.
"We want to bring technology to all students," said district staff.
With the current Laptop Program, only students in this voluntary program have access to a laptop -- with each middle school having approximately 30% of its students in the program.
The expanded Laptop Program proposes that all sixth graders will have access to a laptop, regardless of socioeconomic status, in the 2015-16 school year.
In 2016-17, all sixth and seventh graders will have laptop access; and in 2017-18, all middle school students will have access.
Staff also presented a survey of incoming sixth grade parents asking: "In order to help improve the ratio of devices to students, would you be willing to provide a device for your child to use in school each day?"
According to staff, 60% of 507 respondents answered "Yes, I will provide a device for my child" and 15% saying no. The remaining 26% were undecided.
Parents and teachers addressed the board about their concerns, as well as support, about the Laptop Program.
Pleasanton parent Darby Limkakeng told board members that the community is behind the vision but there must also be a "clear, concise, realistic plan about how we're going to get there."
Trustee Mark Miller echoed Limkakeng's statements saying that the district must come up with a plan that notes any ramifications of the program.
The next step for this proposal will include creating a school plan and budget allocation which will include professional development, infrastructure, hardware and software, technical support and communication.
In other business:
* During the community comment session, Pleasanton teacher Mary Jo Carrion addressed the school board about their unanimous approval to rescind the calendar change.
"We had an agreement and you rescinded it. Trust has been broken," she said.
Carrion also added that teachers should continue to be a part of the calendar committee and the upcoming process should include student opinions.
"We will move forward but I would like for us to do it as a team," Carrion said.
According to superintendent of human resources Bill Faraghan, bargaining units are currently in the process of setting the new dates for the 2015-16 calendar.
* The school board received a report on four new proposed courses for the 2015-16 school year.
The proposed high school courses include: International Relations, Farm to Fork, Civil Engineering and Architecture (Project Lead The Way), and Medical Interventions (Project Lead The Way).
* The board appointed Chris Connor as Fairlands and Vintage Hills elementary interim vice principal.
* Four Pleasanton students were recognized for displaying the character trait of compassion: Georgie August, Emily Lahrs, Elisa Elizalde (absent) and Mikayla-Jayde Guevarra.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.