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On Thursday, the Pleasanton School Board is expected to receive the list of topics that the Pleasanton Teachers’ Association wants to negotiate with the district for the next school year, including reduction in class sizes, adjustment of salaries and benefits. and evaluation of the pedagogical calendar.

In May, the board unanimously adopted the new teachers’ contract which includes a 3.25% salary increase and new health benefits.

The terms are part of a tentative agreement covering the next three academic years, with a one-year settlement for the 2022-23 portion of the agreement.

Teachers can also now receive a compensatory contribution of $1,500 if they choose not to participate in the health benefit program. An annual cash contribution of $2,000 will also be available to any member not participating in the CalPERS health benefits program after July 1, 2023.

According to the staff report from Thursday’s board meeting, the teachers’ union will present a new proposal to reduce the number of children in classrooms as part of labor negotiations for the year 2023- 24.

“Our students deserve the best, which is why we will seek fair and balanced class sizes and workloads that support student and teacher success in the classroom,” according to the staff report. “Every PUSD student has an opportunity to excel in every grade level. Smaller class sizes and workloads provide students with a more individualized educational experience and the best opportunity to succeed.”

The association is authorized to propose reopening provisions in the collective bargaining law of the State of California. Reopening proposals can be included in the collective agreement as a mid-term clause for new negotiations on particular issues or conditions if specified conditions are met.

Salaries, health and welfare benefits and the educational calendar are listed as automatic reopenings in the union’s letter.

According to the staff report, the district is presenting the association’s reopening proposals to enter into formal negotiations for the 2023-2024 school year.

The public board meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday (October 27). Read the full agenda here.

In other cases

* The board is set to review and possibly approve a comprehensive early intervention plan for disenfranchised students who have specific learning disabilities.

According to the staff report, the 2022 Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) plan outlines new and enhanced programs and services that will better serve the disproportionate number of Hispanic and Latino students with disabilities.

“In 2020, 2021, and again in 2022, the California Department of Education (CDE) cited the PUSD as being significantly disproportionate in the over-identification of Hispanic/Latino students in special education settings with a disability. specific learning,” according to the staff report.

For this reason, PUSD is now required to uncover the root cause of this and create an annual programmatic improvement plan through the CCEIS plan. The aim will be to follow these students and their progress in order to better understand their disabilities and how to get them the help they need sooner rather than later.

Certain measurable outcomes listed in the plan reduce the percentage of special education intake assessments conducted for Hispanic/Latinx students, reducing overall chronic truancy rates and reducing the overall suspension rate in these marginalized communities by 2024 .

* The board will review architectural design agreements for fire alarm upgrades and replacements at several schools.

Part of the $270 million Measure I1 school bond that voters passed in 2016 included plans to upgrade all fire alarms in the district. Currently, the following school upgrades have been completed or will be completed in the fall: Donlon, Lydiksen, Valley View, Walnut Grove, Alisal and Mohr Elementary Schools and Harvest Park Middle School.

At Thursday’s meeting, the board will consider upgrade agreements for Hearst, Fairlands and Vintage Hills Elementary Schools as well as Pleasanton Middle School.

If approved, newly listed schools can expect to have new fire alarm upgrades by the end of summer 2023.

To date, Sugimura Finney Architects (SFA) has provided architectural services for these fire alarm upgrade projects and will continue to do so. All previous projects were completed within budget and their fee percentage remained the same from last year’s projects.

“With their knowledge of previous system designs and district installations, the facilities and construction team believe they remain in the best position to design this year’s fire alarm upgrade projects,” according to the staff report. “System designs will remain consistent with previous upgrades to maintain system standards that will increase the efficiency with which systems are maintained and repaired in the future.”