Pleasanton council, school board to talk bond measure, new library in joint meeting tonight

Meeting to provide overview of issues for elected leaders

Pleasanton's school board and city council are set to convene for their annual joint meeting Monday to talk about issues that pertain to both leadership boards.

On the schools side, the district will present the council with an overview of the district's budget, as stated in its most recent budget update. The district will also provide a presentation on its facility needs, leading into a discussion about a community survey regarding a potential local bond measure.

The meeting will also cover an overview of the city's Civic Center Library Master Plan so far, including suggested layouts of a combined center and library facility, a review of a market analysis for ways to use the existing Civic Center site and projections of future library patrons' needs.

City officials will provide an update about a joint plan to renovate Amador Valley High's traffic pattern. The city council and school board will discuss the plan's budget and proposed design.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the school district's headquarters on Bernal Avenue.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Will this group of leaders talk about new schools for Pleasanton? What are they doing about that shortage. Build a new library? Perhaps old library can become a public schools, seems like this rapid growth and development would beg for new schools.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 12, 2016 at 5:31 pm

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The old library may be used to expand the police department facilities.

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Posted by LibraryMan
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I've heard rumors that the cost for the Library alone is estimated to be $40 million. Add the civic center, which would likely contain state of the art everything in both buildings (taxpayers are footing the bill of course), the combined facility could be $80 million or more. How does this fit in with the other needs of the community?

I hear that everyone thinks we need a new library, so it's a good ploy to attach a Civic Center to it and say we'll do both and "save money". If the citizens were voting on just a new civic center, it would never pass.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Hold up there a minute on those dollars that are coming from who knows where- Why do we need a new library when it doesn't ever see to be crowded unless you count those kids that are there after school when it is used for a day care center until their parents can manage to pick them up!!!! How about adding on to our overcrowded classrooms instead and maybe hire some more teachers, find the money for that!!!

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm

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I agree with Map, I see no reason why we need a new library. But, funds for that won't go to the schools, different budgets.

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Posted by Irene Inman
a resident of another community
on Mar 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

Pleasanton has a superb library, a welcoming and competent staff, and is coping well with limitations caused by lack of size, heating/cooling design, and funding. Do we need a new library, one that is representative of our changing times and changing community? You bet we do!

I value all the educational and community contributions our library makes to Pleasanton. Not only is it the central point for lifelong learning and research, but also for community involvement and quality of life here in Pleasanton.

Put me down as one Pleasanton resident who wants a new library with much more space for technology/electronic resources and books. A place with a secure environment for all age groups, including after school kids and seniors. A place with rooms for meetings and community programs and events, rooms for quiet study and children's and teen programs.

A place providing tutoring and language assistance, job training and employment resources. A place with facilities for cultural activities, such as art displays, musical programs.
And, yes, possibly a place with a café, like Livermore library patrons enjoy.

I would like to see a new, expanded facility, which recognizes the library as being one of the most important places in our community.

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Posted by Julie Testa
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

Pleasaton has been approving thousands of housing units with no regard for the fact that every school exceeds the City General Plan enrollment guidelines. With every campus overcrowded, PUSD has not begun to feel the impact of the thousands of units already approved and being built. Every Pleasanton campus is landlocked with no space for expansion. Pleasanton's Amador HS is 160% overcrowded per State recommendation of land required.

ED DATA Most recent info is 2013-2014
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General Plan guideline is 600 Students per Elementary School –
Alisal Elementary 626
Donlon Elementary 771
Fairlands Elementary 746
Henry P. Mohr Elementary 697
Lydiksen Elementary 713
Hearst Elementary 705
Valley View Elementary 681
Vintage Hills Elementary 610
Walnut Grove Elementary 712

General Plan guideline is 1000 Students per Middle School–
Harvest Park Middle 1,222
Pleasanton Middle 1,239
Hart Middle 1,112

General Plan guideline is 2000 Students per High School –
Amador Valley High 2,634
Foothill High 2,158
Village High 98

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Posted by ayeaye2016
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2016 at 11:39 am

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Interesting post, Julie, and thanks for it. Yes, we do need another school or schools!! But as GET THE FACTS said, (see above), different budgets, different funds. Yes, both new schools and a new library/civic center are needed. Plan big....both of these additions to our town are needed and we can have both.

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