The Pleasanton school board approved the dates for the 2015-16 instructional calendar Tuesday evening, with a start date of Aug. 25 and end date of June 10, 2016.
Trustee Chris Grant reminded the board that they made a commitment to "collectively develop" calendar option that finish the first semester before winter break.
In response, trustees directed district staff to begin talks with bargaining units about a new process for a calendar change -- possibly for the 2016-17 school year.
Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said staff will aim to bring a process and timeline to the school board for input sometime in March or April.
During a Jan. 13 school board meeting, trustees voted unanimously to revert back to the traditional calendar after Mark Miller requested Dec. 9 that the calendar item be put on a future agenda for discussion and possible action.
The former 2015-16 calendar, following the modified lite format, had school starting Aug. 11 and ending May 27, 2016.
In other business:
* Trustees received an update from staff about the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) -- which will be given to third through eighth graders and high school juniors.
According to staff reports, the SBAC will be given to students in 3-8 sometime between March 10 through June 5. High schools juniors will take the assessment test sometime between April 23 through June 5.
The SBAC will include a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), a performance task and a classroom activity -- all three will assess students in English language arts and mathematics.
Staff also included how the district has been preparing for the test this school year, which includes making sure school sites have all the proper technology equipment, administering training/practice tests and benchmark assessments.
In addition, parents of 11th graders are invited to attend a parent forum on March 9 about the Early Assessment Program, a part of the SBAC for high school juniors.
The forum will include speakers from the Alameda County Office of Education and Cal State East Bay.
The event will talk place at Pleasanton Middle School's multi-use room from 6:30-8 p.m.
* Five students were recognized for the community character trait of honesty during the recognition session: David Zhou, Jackson Chandler, Adelric Low, Hope Bergmark and Andrew Harper.
The next school board meeting is scheduled on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.