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A strategic plan for Pleasanton’s schools

So much happens in our school district while school is out! The last day of school was June 8, but the school board had its final meeting before summer break on June 19.

The June agenda (PDF) was chock-a-block full, with approval of the budget, renewal of contracts for key district leaders, and the approval of the proposed strategic plan all up for discussion. Due to a technical glitch, the board meeting was not televised live, but a web archive of the meeting is now available.

On June 21, a newspaper article about key decisions made at the meeting was published in the Pleasanton Weekly. The article focused on the budget approvals and contract renewals, mentioning the strategic plan only in passing.

The district updated its website with a page about the strategic plan recently. It includes a lofty vision and mission, as well as eight bold goals in four areas: curriculum and instruction; personal growth; fiscal stewardship; and learning environment.

So, here’s some optional summer homework for Pleasanton residents: Read the strategic plan for yourself. Then, tell me what do you think. Has the superintendent laid out a clear vision for the district’s future? Are the bold goals achievable? Are there any big goals missing from the strategic plan?

on the agenda for the October 25 meeting

The next regular meeting of the Pleasanton USD Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

The agenda has been posted online (PDF) (and I have now succeeded in downloading it! Not sure if it was my internet connection causing problems, or a server problem at the district…)

The district will be recognizing teachers of the year tonight.

For report and discussion there are 3 items:

  • state budget 2011-2012
  • update on Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE)
  • the transitional kindergarten program (a state mandate)

For possible action, there are 3 major items:

  • policy about fees to be paid by developers of new construction, and possible mitigation thereof (see the meeting previewthat appeared in the Pleasanton Weekly online this morning)
  • beginning the process of updating the master plan for facilities (reviewing and accepting cabinet’s recommendation to hire a consulting architectural firm, I believe)
  • district goals and plan for 2011-2012 (discussed at Oct. 11 meeting, and being brought back for approval in modified form)

The end of the meeting will include a review of recent donations and approval of a personnel document.

The full board packet is also available in this PDF and includes minutes from the regular meeting of October 11 and the special meeting on October 14.

I will not be able to attend this evening, but plan to watch online.