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Pleasanton school board to consider superintendent search process at tonight's meeting

Standardized testing, audit committee, new hires, student's compensation claim

The first glimpses of the process to select a permanent Pleasanton Unified School District superintendent are set to be revealed at tonight's school board meeting.

The Pleasanton school board will hear suggestions as to how it should proceed when picking an individual to succeed interim superintendent Jim Hansen when his term runs out this summer. The discussion will be the first time the board will talk publicly about the process for selecting a new permanent leader this school year.

The board is also set to hear a presentation about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP) assessment -- the new state standardized test that evaluates whether students are absorbing Common Core standards -- and how the district scored compared to the state. The discussion will include steps the district can take next to help more students succeed.

A total of 80% of Pleasanton Unified students tested met or exceeded English language arts and literacy standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards. Statewide, 44% of California's public school students met or exceeded English standards, and 33% met or exceeded math standards.

Following discussion from its last meeting, the board will decide whether to approve and distribute applications for the board audit committee. The board is looking for up to three involved residents to join the committee, which reviews reports external auditors make regarding district finances.

The board is scheduled to discuss a performance evaluation of Hansen in closed session. While the reason his performance is being assessed is confidential, the agenda states the closed-session personnel action is limited to actions related to "appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline/release, or dismissal of a public employee or to hear complaints or charges brought against such employee by another person or employee unless the employee requests a public session."

Also on the agenda:

* The board will welcome Foothill High student board member Harshita Kaushal, who will rotate with students from each of PUSD's schools. Student board members act as the voice of the students but do not vote.

* The board will decide on personnel actions, including four new hires to the district.

* Field trips, which are paid for with voluntary donations from the students attending the trips, are subject to board approval. The trips are for athletic meets, educational camps and other school-related events.

* The board will decide whether to take staff's recommendation to reject the a claim for compensation from a Walnut Grove student, whose parents stated she fell from playground equipment at school and request compensation for her medical bills. Staff recommendation states the board should reject this claim because the cause is "insufficient."

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