Pleasanton school board to discuss superintendent in closed session tonight

As Rubino remains on leave, board to hold special meeting for 3rd straight week

Pleasanton schools superintendent Rick Rubino, who remains on paid administrative leave amid a district investigation into an undisclosed personnel matter, is set to be a topic of discussion during a special school board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight .

While unspecified employee discipline and anticipated litigation are the items listed on the agenda for the closed-session meeting, school board president Joan Laursen confirmed in an email Thursday that trustees would be discussing Rubino this evening.

"Superintendent Rubino's status has not changed," Laursen said. "He is still on paid administrative leave. I can confirm that the agenda item (tonight) does concern this matter."

This marks the third week in a row the school board has called a special closed-door meeting, and Friday's agenda mirrors that of two other meetings.

During the Dec. 19 meeting, the board placed Rubino on paid administrative leave following a closed-session meeting with an agenda stating the board would hold discussions on "public employee discipline/dismissal/release" and two potential court cases.

District officials have said Rubino was placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a personnel matter but have declined to elaborate further.

On Dec. 27, the school board took no action after meeting for more than an hour in closed session. It's not known whether trustees talked about the superintendent again at that meeting.

Employee discipline and anticipated or pending litigation are among the items the board is allowed to talk about in closed session, and the agenda doesn't have to name who or what is being discussed, per state law.

Tonight's meeting will take place in the district office boardroom, 4665 Bernal Ave.


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

This is getting to be an absolutely ridiculous situation. Something has to be very, very wrong for this type of situation to be cropping up YET AGAIN. What the heck is going on in this school district? There must be some truly abnormal behavior somewhere. I find it very hard to believe that this brand new superintendent is just another in a long line of people who supposedly can't behave well enough to keep out of controversy. Is someone gaming the system?

What the heck!? Where are all the good investigative journalists when you need them?

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Posted by NY2017
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

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This is bad, but Rick did something stupid I would think. Nothing to do with the magnificent and dedicated staff and teachers we have at PUSD. Any news on what came out of the board meeting?

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

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NY, I believe the meeting is tonight, so no news yet.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Tonight. Web Link

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

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No need to speculate any more:

"An Important Message From the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Education

One of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Education is to hire and hold accountable the Superintendent of Schools. We want to assure our school community that the entire Board of Education takes this responsibility very seriously, and our District’s current leadership situation has our full and focused attention. We have some important information to share with members of our school community.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Board of Education met in closed session and voted unanimously to remove Mr. Rubino from the position of Superintendent, effective immediately. All terms and conditions outlined in the superintendent’s contract will be honored. Both the Board of Education and Mr. Rubino believe it is in the organization’s best interest to move forward with the process of securing new leadership.

The Board believes it is imperative to take swift and responsible action to secure leadership who will help our school community move forward without distraction. We are grateful to Micaela Ochoa, Deputy Superintendent, for agreeing to continue leading the organization during this transition.

Please accept our commitment to identify and secure leadership who will embrace the many strengths, talents and tremendous support that you – the members of our dedicated school community – offer the children in our District.

Respectfully, and on behalf of the Board of Education,

Joan Laursen
Board President"

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Posted by Wade Liggett
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

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I have no confidence in the Pleasanton Board of Education to make rational, short term or long term decisions in the best interest of my two children's education.

I think you are wasting my money, and ruining reputations unnecessarily based on either bad legal advice, or some employees have hijacked the school system.

I challenge you to prove me wrong.

Wade Liggett

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Posted by Wade Liggett
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 6, 2017 at 11:06 pm

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Why does "P. Gannon" need to send a message from Joan Larson?
If I respond, my response does not go to the author of the "important message".

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Posted by JillK
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jan 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

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@Wade--Patrick Gannon is the staff person in charge of district communication to the community. If you want to contact board members directly, their email addresses are on the PUSD website here: Web Link

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