Pleasanton's school board is set decide whether to change the district's instructional calendar and debate hiring a survey firm to gauge public interest in a possible bond measure during its meeting Tuesday night.
The district has been considering changing its instructional calendar for about a year, and a district-wide survey was sent out to parents, teachers, some students and other stakeholders to ask about their priorities and reservations in redesigning a calendar.
The board will be given two options for the 2016-17 school year Tuesday: a traditional calendar or a revised option that moves high school finals before winter break.
The alternative calendar shifts the start and end of the school year up by a week, but it keeps the length of summer break the same and does not change the dates of existing holidays.
The revised calendar begins the fall semester on Aug. 15 and ends the semester on Dec. 22. Exams would run from Dec. 20-22. Spring semester would then start for students on Jan. 10 and would end on June 2, and spring final exams would be on June 1 and 2.
The traditional district calendar begins the fall semester on Aug. 22 and ends the semester after winter break on Jan. 20. Finals are from Jan. 18-20. Spring semester begins Jan. 23 and ends June 9, with finals running from June 7-9.
The school board meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at district headquarters on Bernal Avenue.
In other business
* The board will decide whether to grant Seattle-based EMC Research a $24,000 for a 400-person, 15-minute survey in English and Mandarin on a possible school bond measure in Pleasanton.
The district is considering putting a bond measure to a public vote, possibly as early as November, to fund school facilities construction and renovation.
* Board members will hear a presentation on state requirements for helping dyslexic students.
* They will consider a presentation about the effect of anxiety on teen brain development.
* The board will also receive an update on the superintendent search process.