The Pleasanton school board did not take any formal action Tuesday night on the appointments of interim replacements for Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi and assistant superintendent of Human Resources Bill Faraghan.
Trustees discussed possible candidates for the position and directed legal counsel to prepare and negotiate contracts. An announcement will be made and contracts will be considered for approval at an upcoming board meeting.
Ahmadi will leave July 1 to become the new superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District and Faraghan will retire this month.
In addition to Tuesday's closed session agenda, the school board appointed Denise Parnell as the coordinator for Special Projects/Program Improvement.
During community comment on non-agenda items, 15 people -- mostly students -- addressed the school board about Foothill High's search for its next head wrestling coach, who will succeed Bennie Lafever, who has coached the team the past eight seasons.
The reason for Lafever's departure is unclear. Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski said in a follow-up interview that he could not discuss why Lafever is no longer with the school, citing personnel rules.
Many students Tuesday spoke in favor of having assistant coach Ken Coburn as the new head coach, although Krolikowski is considering Hart Middle School wrestling coach Dale Hazen for the position.
"Please do not consider taking this decision of approving Dale lightly," said a parent of a wrestler, Sean Ghoddoucy.
The student speakers echoed one another and said the decision should mainly be up to those involved in wrestling, with Foothill wrestler Dustin Duklete presenting a petition with 45 signatures in support of Coburn.
Other parents and students also came forward expressing their trust in Krolikowski's decision and to "trust the process."
The consideration of approving Hazen will be presented at an upcoming school board meeting.
Also during community comment, Pleasanton parent and district employee Susana Lopez-Krulevitch, Foothill graduate Arely Labra and former trustee Jeff Bowser recognized and thanked Ahmadi for her service to the Pleasanton school district.
Labra said the Latino community in Pleasanton never felt a part of the community until Ahmadi arrived.
Association of Pleasanton Teachers president Janice Clark and California School Employees Association representative Bonnie Kasson also extended their appreciation to Ahmadi.
In addition, Clark announced Patty Bowser as APT's newly-elected vice-president.
In other business:
* District staff provided a first reading of the 2015-16 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft, which is a required action under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
According to staff reports, PUSD's LCAP is aligned with state and district priorities to ensure that supplemental funds provided to the school district to support targeted students are expended in a manner to facilitate their academic success. Targeted students include socio-economically disadvantaged, English learners and foster/kinship youth.
Some of the new areas for supplemental funding include: a Mandarin-speaking district parent liaison, College & Career Readiness Action Plan incentives, a Spanish-speaking social worker, internet-connected Chromebooks, reading/EL support paraprofessionals for K-5, among other areas.
The LCAP will be presented to trustees at an upcoming board meeting, prior to the adoption of the district budget.
* Staff presented the FY 15/16 proposed budget, highlighting areas such as: an increase in the district's Local Control Funding Formula, the rate for the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) and workers' compensation.
In addition, PUSD transferred $75,000 from the Pleasanton Schools Education Enrichment Gift Fund to the General Fund to cover the cost of the elementary school band/strings teacher. Staff reports said the balance of the PSEE Gift Fund is $461,000, a decrease of $263,000 from the original balance of $724,000 in FY11/12.
The board will revisit the budget at the next meeting June 23 for consideration of approval.
* Board members heard an update about the Pleasanton Parent Teachers Association Council, which included an increase in membership and two new PTAs (Foothill High and Pleasanton Middle) within the school district.
The report also highlighted the council's Reflection Arts Program that recognizes student artists and its annual Excellence in Education award recipients.
According to staff, PTA Council volunteers donated over 82,000 hours of their time equivalent to 57 full-time employees.
* Trustees unanimously approved the Capital Maintenance Five-Year Plan, which includes: repairing/replacing paving at various sites, replacing flooring at Mohr Elementary and Hart Middle multipurpose rooms and Foothill High's small gym, replacing/repairing HVAC units at Foothill and Amador Valley, and conducting annual safety inspections and repairs for all bleachers and stadium seating.
* The School Facility Fee Justification Report, which supports increasing statutory development fees imposed on new residential and commercial/industrial development projects, was approved 5-0 during Tuesday's meeting.
* Trustees recognized participants from California's National History Day competition, which included teachers and students from Amador Valley and Foothill high schools and Pleasanton and Hart middle schools.