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Pleasanton school board receives updates on district programs, May Revision

Calendar committee also chosen during Tuesday's meeting

The Pleasanton school board received updates Tuesday night on a number of district programs, including Career Technical Education (CTE), Tri-Valley Regional Occupation, the District Technology Plan and Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision.

During the CTE and TV-ROP update, district staff shared with trustees the programs' highlights, as well as a list of courses available to students at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools and at other schools in the Tri-Valley region.

Some of the courses include: Video Game Art and Design, Medical Occupations, Cosmetology and Criminal Justice/CSI.

Board members also received an update on Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which includes highlights such as: the opening of the engineering pathway at Foothill and the addition of the Gateway program at Hart Middle School.

This upcoming school year, 2015-16, will include many new additions to the PLTW program.

According to staff, the district will be adding a fourth year course to Amador Valley's engineering pathway, a second year course to Foothill's engineering process, and a third year course to Foothill's biomedical, among many others.

Tuesday's update on the District Technology Plan for 2014-17 reviewed the goals for 2014-15 and evidence of PUSD's progress towards those goals.

For example, one of the goals was to purchase and distribute devices and secure internet access for students.

According to district staff, more than 550 Chromebooks have been purchased to be used as student loaners.

The plan addresses: what the district wants students to know; how the district prepares teachers to get students there; and when and how the district provides technology hardware, software, infrastructure and support required to accomplish the goals, and a budget that demonstrates the cost of achieving the plan.

The District Technology Plan was developed though input and feedback of students, parents, community leaders, teachers, classified staff and administrators.

In addition to district program update, board trustees received an update on Brown's May Revision released May 14.

Some of the highlights include: continuing to provide $0.9 billion to retire the deferrals, increased funding for the Local Control Funding Formula by $2.1 billion for a total of $6.1 billion to close the funding gap by 53%, and not containing proposals regarding school facilities.

According to deputy superintendent of business services Luz Cazares, the May Revision was "really good news" for the school district.

In other business:

• Trustees recognized the valedictorians and salutatorians from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.

Amador Valley's valedictorian is Neel Kant, who did not attend the board meeting. The salutatorians are Robert Rong and Neha Gupta.

Foothill's valedictorian is Yujin Kim and the salutatorian is Roland Huang.

• Student board members were also recognized Tuesday night, including Sabrina Luk, who was at the meeting, and Morgan Iverson, Richa Tenany, Nihar Patil and Jacob Smith, who were not.

• The board of trustees selected the Calendar Advisory Committee that will work with district staff to explore calendar options.

The following parents have been selected for the committee: Holly Crane, Bryan Gillette, Maureen Hunter, Aria Kouzeli, Theresa Overton, Elaine Wida and Heather Bendle (alternate).

• During a closed session, the board appointed Shay Galletti as Fairlands Elementary principal, Elias Muniz as Hearst Elementary principal, Tara Kyle as assistant of special education, and Ken Rocha as director of secondary education.

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