A Pleasanton schools fundraising organization announced Monday it intends to allocate part of its annual giving fund for the salaries of four instructional coaches that would otherwise be laid off.
Pleasanton Unified School District sent out notices in mid-March to dozens of employees who will be laid off next school year after $3.7 million in one-time funding from the state wasn't renewed.
Susan Hayes, executive director of Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, announced the intention to dedicate $360,000 from its current fundraising campaign to pay for the four salaries.
"The coaching program has been shown to strengthen teaching skills across the board," she announced at Monday night's joint city and school board public meeting.
The funding lag meant 25.9 permanent full-time equivalent positions and 53.4 temporary full-time equivalent spots had to be eliminated since those dollars were fueling those positions.
However, district staff noted it regularly releases all of its temporary employees at the end of the school year and will regularly rehire some of them.