School board to discuss audit, teachers' union bargaining tonight

Pleasanton district HR chief could be named during 7 p.m. meeting

Pleasanton's school board will hear a report of a districtwide audit and may take comments on the teacher's union bargaining proposals as part of its regular public meeting tonight.

The Pleasanton Unified School District's board is scheduled to meet Tuesday in closed session starting at 5 p.m. and open session starting at 7 p.m. at district headquarters on Bernal Avenue.

The board will hear an analysis of an audit that reviewed the district's finances for the past financial year, which found five problems with how the district recorded finances and followed financial reporting procedures.

The board will be presented with the information by a representative from the Gilbert Associates, Inc., and will hear how the district plans to fix its financial recording missteps, which did not affect the overall budget or previously issued financial statements.

The board may hear public comments on the Association of Pleasanton Teachers' (APT) initial bargaining proposals for the 2016-17 school year.

The bargaining process requires a public discussion in order to open bargaining on certain aspects of APT's agreement each year, and the item essentially indicates APT is interested in negotiating on the following workplace aspects: hours of employment, leaves of absence, reassignment and transfer, class size, salaries, special education and calendar.

The specifics of the negotiations are worked out in closed session, which is allowed by state open government laws, before new terms are approved in open session by the school board.

In other school news:

-The board may select a permanent assistant superintendent of human resources during closed session. While interim superintendent Jim Hansen has previously stated he hopes to be able to keep interim assistant superintendent of human resources Dianne Howell, it won't be revealed until Tuesday whether she'll be the board's top choice -- or if she'll agree to come out of retirement for the job.

-The board will decide whether to raise the daily rate for substitute teachers who teach between one and 10 days from $110 a day to $120 a day. Substitutes receive a higher pay rate after 10 days. The daily rate is up for consideration because the district has had some challenges attracting teachers for short-term assignments, and most neighboring districts pay a higher rate for short-term substitutes, according to a report in the board agenda.

-The board will decide whether to approve 11 new hires, 1 resignation and other assignment changes.

-An analysis of the recently closed calendar survey was not included on the board agenda as of Friday, but the board will get an update of the survey at a later public meeting once district staff have gotten through all the results, Howell said. The district sent out a survey to teachers, parents and other district stakeholders in December about potentially changing the district's instructional calendar, and the survey wrapped up Monday.


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Posted by woggut
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 11, 2016 at 11:59 am

How about we bargain in something about removing incompetent teachers. All the other teachers seem to know who they are, but nothing happens. Thank goodness for Khan Academy.

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