The Pleasanton school board is set Thursday to consider ratifying the district's tentative agreement with California School Employees Association, a deal that includes increases in salary and district contribution to health and welfare benefits.
According to the staff report from the upcoming meeting, bargaining teams from the district and the classified employee union recently settled on a collective bargaining agreement that must now be ratified by the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees.
The agreement includes a 5.65% increase in salary schedules, which would go into effect on July 1 and an increase in the district's contribution to health and welfare by 10% for CSEA members who are under one of the district's medical plans, which would go into effect on Jan.1 of next year.
It also includes one annual stipend for bargaining unit members who have earned college degrees and a two-day increase to work calendars.
According to the staff report, the estimated total ongoing cost of settlement that is not currently reflected in the multi-year projections for the CSEA bargaining unit is $343,272.
Before the board decides on ratifying the agreement, it will hold a public hearing where members of the public will have a chance to provide input on the proposed compensation increase.
The board's open-session meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday (May 25). Read the full agenda here.
In other business
* District staff will be presenting an update on school climate and student safety to the board, which will go over new information on student sexual harassment feedback and the results of general questions regarding student safety on school campuses.
Staff will also present student discipline data, including suspension and expulsion data, as well as results from the annual safety survey that was given to parents, students and staff in the spring.
Some notable data, according to the presentation, is the 2022-23 off-campus suspension data trends, which show that out of the 277 suspensions, 93 of them were "caused, attempted to
cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person."
As for the survey results, one point of focus will be on the questions regarding bullying and sexual harassment where 58% of student said they have not witnessed bullying and 79% said they haven't witnessed sexual assault on campus.
Staff will also be presenting feedback they received in regards to the school resource officer program as well as some common themes such as how the general public wants more of the officers on campus and would like to see the program continue into the future.
Other feedback that staff received from surveys they conducted is that people want more visibility from the officers and want to see more positive interactions with students, which could be done by officers attending more school rallies where they can introduce themselves.
* The board will be reviewing the first reading of the Measure I implementation plan draft that will ultimately provide a road map for carrying out the first couple of quickstart projects as well as planning for the long term projects.
According to the staff report, the $395 million bond measure, which voters passed last November, will benefit from the implementation plan as it will provide schedules, budgets and ways to deliver on the promises made in the bond language in regards to facility improvements throughout the district.
The board will also be separately reviewing an update to the $270 million Measure I1 implementation plan that includes project savings that allow for allocation of bond dollars to other projects.
Staff will be going through the list of changes during that separate board item.