Hopeful that a proposed bond measure will gain voter approval, the Pleasanton school board agreed Tuesday to commit $3.4 million of the new bond toward paying for a multi-purpose building at Village High School for district-wide culinary classes.
The board decided the building will be funded initially from the district's Sycamore Fund, which is fueled from the past purchase of district property. If a bond is successfully passed, the district will use bond money to reimburse that fund.
The multi-purpose building is expected to cost $5.8 million with the state chipping in $2.4 million of that total.
However, no construction will start until after November -- when a bond measure could conceivably be up for a district-wide vote.
Micaela Ochoa, deputy superintendent of business services, said the board will have to schedule a separate vote if a bond measure fails to win voter support and if it still wants to pursue the project.
All of Tuesday night's votes were 4-0, with Chris Grant absent since he was with his family because his father-in-law passed away earlier this week.
In other school news:
-Earlier in the school board meeting, teachers and school employees cheered when Harvest Park administrative secretary Pauline Schroeder was honored as the 2016 classified employee of the year.
Schroeder has been a district employee for more than 20 years, and she's held her job at Harvest Park since 2007.
"Pauline is an extremely hard worker with a very positive attitude," interim superintendent Jim Hansen said. "She is the glue that holds the school together."
-The board also heard an overview of the district's second interim 2015-16 budget, which is part of the typical process used to update a school district budget. The major highlights of the budget were an increase of about $1.6 million in district revenue and an increase of about $1.3 million in expenditures.
The increase in revenue was partially due to donations, and the increase in expenditures was partially due to an increase in the district's required contribution to employee retirement funds, per a statewide mandate.
Overall, the district is projected to end the 2015-16 school year with about $16.7 million, and about $7.7 million of that is undesignated.
The budget update included a projected ending balance of $15.4 million for 2016-17 and $15.2 million for 2017-18.