School board set to discuss superintendent search at 6 p.m. tonight

Appointment of interim superintendent, assistant superintendent of human resources also on agenda

The Pleasanton school board hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss and possibly take action to conduct a search for a replacement for Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi, who is resigning from the school district after accepting an offer to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District starting July 1.

The superintendent discussion will begin at 6 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.

Ahmadi wrote in an email to PUSD teachers and staff May 28 about her resignation and new position.

The CVUSD Board of Education appointed Ahmadi during its meeting May 28. She will succeed Castro Valley's current superintendent, Jim Negri, who is retiring.

Pleasanton board trustees were also notified last Thursday that Ahmadi accepted a new position, according to PUSD school board president Valerie Arkin.

"We are confident that our excellent school district will attract a large pool of well-qualified candidates for the position of superintendent," Arkin said "on behalf of the Board of Trustees" in an email interview last Friday. "We look forward to working in tandem with the Pleasanton community to make this important selection in the coming months."

Prior to open session, the board will meet in closed session, at 4 p.m., to appoint an interim superintendent and assistant superintendent of human resources.

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


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Posted by RidgeRunner
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 3, 2015 at 10:10 am

First order of business should be to fire the current board, which made the disastrous choice of hiring the recent super and then didn't fire her even when her incompetence and egregious behavior became painfully obvious to even the most casual observer.

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Posted by JoanB
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

Fire the board? You mean the elected board members who basically work for free? The voters did f "fire" one board member last November.

I think the current board made a smart move by giving the current superintendent time to find a new job. We got rid of a poor leader and didn't have to pay to do so. Last. thing the PUSD needs is even more legal fees to pay. It's my opinion that the current superintendent was making it clear she wasn't going without a fight when she starting having the NAACP appear at board meetings prior to the election last fall.

For the first time in a long time I feel optimistic about the PUSD.

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Posted by RidgeRunner
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jun 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

Sure, it is possible to get rid of incompetent elected officials. "Basically working for free" isn't an excuse to not hold them accountable. They took on the responsibility.

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

You fire the elected officials by not voting for them. Pretty easy.

However, not all the elected officials are part of the problem. Arkin has been doing her best and stood up for things, even with a majority board that rubberstamped the superintendent.

This is going to be a defining moment for the school board in how they handle this replacement. I agree that Parvin quitting was the best thing as we did not have to pay out her contract. Disappointed in how unprofessional Parvin was in giving little notice to her leaving but glad it is happening. There are very few people in the district that could be an interim superintendent and less, if any, qualified to be the next superintendent. Hopefully much of the cabinet will just leave their job so we can clean house there and restore our district. We need to rebuild trust in the district as there is no trust between the community and the district now. I will iterate this is not a problem with the teaching and school staff. They have managed to still be successful with our children despite the mess at the district office. Kudos to them.

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Posted by The Sponge
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm

The board should just hire another old, white person that has no clue about diversity, the challenges faced by new comers to this community, and providing opportunity for all who live in Pleasanton. Oh wait, some of those new comers may have figured out the system does not work for all so they just make it happen outside of the system on their own. Time to get leadership to bring it all back together.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm

The issue is finding a quality skilled manager who is an educator. The problems that have been created through poor management will pose an up hill battle for anyone who comes in. John Casey was working on diversity prior to Parvin. Parvin did not bring the issue of "diversity" to PUSD. She continued working on a path that had been laid out. Change is part of education and part of all communities. That's just life. Teachers get into education to work with the students but just because a teacher goes on to get an administrative credential doesn't mean they are good manager. Look at what a large mess was made by HR overseen by Parvin and the Assistant Superintendent. The Assistant Superintendent of HR is now leaving maybe the district should hire people in HR who are skilled in Humane Resource. HR is a skills set much different from teaching. Why are teachers over seeing HR? Doing something in a different way maybe a very good idea. PUSD is a good district that deals with some of the largest problematic issues of the educational structure in this country. We are located in the hub of innovation. How about we innovate. Come up with new solutions. Start with not having a teacher run HR. It's a thought.

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Agree with @Parent, the district has been working on diversity way before Parvin coming aboard. She is continuing what was previously started.

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Posted by Good
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

I still stand by my earlier comments that an Asian should be considered for the position as the majority of our students are of Asian decent. High achievement can be expected and we will not need to continue with Saturday and Sunday school for better achievement.

Council and school board needs more Asian representation as well in order to get a different perspective. It will happen I just want sooner rather tha. Later. Very important I think.

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2015 at 6:06 pm

@ Good
If an Asian is the MOST QUALIFIED then that person should get the job. Just being Asian does not make you a better leader, manager, problem solver, educator, etc.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I don't care if the new Superintendent is blue. Race, sexual preference, shoe size doesn't matter. I only care that they will first and foremost be in it for the children and give them the best possible education that can be given. Just get us the best qualified and savvy Superintendent that can be had.

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Posted by Good
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm

And that is why an Asian choice would be best. Especially someone from Cal. Very good educational standards. Any of the Asians in this community have advanced degrees. How many members of our school board and council have advanced degrees and advanced work experience.

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Looking for the best person for the district. Agree with Eric that does not matter at all whether this person is white, black, blue, red, tan, male, female, asian, hispanic, european, african, or whatever. We need somebody who knows the classroom, knows education, understands finances, great manager, hires smart people who challenge him/her (and not just agree with her/him) to improve the district, works well and respects the elected school board and good communicator.

@Good, you do not want diversity and you are racist if you are only looking for a single race to lead the district. Your postings are racist. If somebody else posted what you have said and replaced asian with white, you would call them a racist.

On the issue of the school board, anybody can run for office. If you are asian and you want more asian representation, you should run. If you represent the views of the majority of the district then you will be elected.

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Posted by Ptowner
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jun 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Thank you oldtimer. You nailed it.

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Posted by Ck
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 4, 2015 at 7:55 am

I am Asian but I am disturbed by Good's comments. Like others have said, I really don't give a s**t whether he or she is black, white, yellow, brown or rainbow colored. What we need is someone who is highly qualified to run the school district and who has the best interests of the students in mind. It's ridiculous to suggest that we use race or ethnicity as a primary determining factor for hiring the next sup.

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 4, 2015 at 8:17 am

Maybe good is a troll, Maybe good is representative of the Asian community as a whole. So far I have seen one self described Asian take good to task for his comments. The Asian community's silence says volumes. Now lets play goods game.
So is pleasanton and the pleasanton school district a desirable place to live and send your kids to school? I think most would agree they are. How did the city of pleasanton and the school district become so desirable? Would it be becouse old white people created a wonderful city and a wonderful school district, the answer is yes since pleasanton was mostly a "lily white town" as others have posted on the pw town hall. My understanding is the last sup was not white and how did that work out for the pusd. So using the facts that the town was built by old white people as was the school district then the obvious answer is to hire a white person to head the school district. RIGHT or are you racist against "old White People"

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Posted by Listen
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 4, 2015 at 9:18 am

Anyone other than "an old white person" brings different cultural experiences and viewpoints. That is diversity. We need people who have been through hardship, different government models, and those who realize education is more than just promoting those students that learn easily under the current structure. We need a system that motivates kids and makes them want to learn which is a hard task for the majority of C-D grade kids. Those are the kids who are the greatest challenge, not the natural achievers or kids who can be molded to be top achievers.

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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

listen to your self. So i take it your for any one as long as its not a old white person. Is that what you are saying? If so I think you made my point! but maybe the posters on the pw can help me out. what exactly does diversity mean?
Listen do you agree with good?

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Posted by PleasantonTaxpayer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

PleasantonTaxpayer is a registered user.

As I understand it, according to "Good," an Asian with an advanced degree would make the best school superintendent.

Really? Are you just pulling our chains?

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Posted by Commentor
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jun 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Commentor is a registered user.

@pleasanton was nice forty years ago "The Asian community's silence says volumes." Volumes = maybe they have better things to do than troll these message boards - it takes a lot of time and energy to raise successful, high achieving kids. Your implying that Asians don't take other Asians to task speaks more of what kind of pathetic human being you are, than of Asians.

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