The Pleasanton school board will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday to vote on a resolution to place a $270-million general obligation bond on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.
The board approved a preliminary project list for the bond measure in a unanimous 5-0 vote July 7. If approved by 55% of those voting on the measure Nov. 8, it will be the school district's first in nearly 20 years and would impose a tax of $49 per $100,000 of assessed value for Pleasanton property owners.
“The Pleasanton trustees had an extremely thoughtful discussion and ultimately achieved consensus on the project list while simultaneously representing the diverse interests of the constituencies in the greater community," said new Superintendent Rick Rubino.
The preliminary project list includes modernizations, renovations and replacement of existing school facilities including building classrooms and buildings at Lydiksen Elementary to replace old modular buildings. In an effort to address current enrollment at existing Pleasanton elementary schools, the board voted to include $35 million to build a new elementary school.
The Board made a strong commitment to supporting “21st century" learning environments by including $15 million to provide state of the art technology in classrooms for students and teachers.
Also on the preliminary list is the addition of new 21st Century science labs at all Pleasanton middle and high schools with more than $30 million in funding allocated to complete the projects.
The board also took action on district recommendations to install solar structures at Pleasanton schools, which would provide significant ongoing energy cost savings to schools and taxpayers.
“I'm very proud to be on a board where my fellow trustees listened to each other and to our community," said Board President Jamie Hintzke. “Our deep discussion and debate led to a project list that we are excited about and all agree would benefit our students and the future of our community."
“I look forward to our meeting on July 30 where we will discuss and take possible action on moving a bond initiative forward," she added.
The big ticket items on the board's project list for approval Saturday include $203 million for modernizations, renovations and replacements of existing facilities, including $81 million to build, modernize and upgrade existing school buildings and classrooms, another $35 million to remove temporary portable classroom structures and build a new school and $30 million to build new classrooms and facilities at Lydiksen Elementary, including removing the circular buildings.
Another $29 million of the proposed bond is earmarked for safety and security measures, including $7.6 million to upgrade fire alarm systems at all schools. An estimated $7 million would be allocated for rooftop solar energy systems at some schools.
Saturday morning's meeting will be held in the board room at school district headquarters, 4665 Bernal Ave.