Summer School Summary, Measure I1 subjects the Pleasanton School Board’s top routine agenda | news
The Pleasanton School Board will handle a number of routine business operations including program reports, general updates, and approving contracts during their regular meeting on Thursday from 6 p.m.
An overview of each K-12 summer school program in the Pleasanton Unified School District is expected to lead to one of the more in-depth discussions that evening, district officials told The Weekly. The highlights from each program are shared in a 38-page presentation by the staff, including demographic information and feedback from parents.
According to the 38 report, a total of more than 1,000 students were enrolled in elementary, middle, and high school summer programs at PUSD this year, as well as 105 students in the Extended School Year program and 1,836 students enrolled in Practice and Extend have enrolled.
The high school summer school, held in two three-week sessions, served 501 students in grades 9-12. Students could complete up to two courses in which they received grades for Credit (CR), No Credit (NC) and letter grades D and / or F during the school year. Up to two courses could be taken per course, a total of four over the entire summer.
The program also took advantage of the district’s temporary grading policy from this spring, which allowed students in grades 6-12 who received a letter D grade in the second semester of the 2020-21 school year to receive a CR grade on their transcript while F letter notes would be replaced with NC marks.
Approximately 94% of high school students who signed up for the summer program passed their courses this year, compared with 86% in 2020. More courses were taken this summer, a total of 1,181 compared to 716 courses last year.
The high school’s summer program “successfully had a disproportionately high number of traditionally marginalized students in 2021,” the staff said, adding that men were also over-represented (60%).
Hispanic / Latinx students and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who account for 10.4% and 8.3%, respectively, of the students enrolled at PUSD, each represented approximately 22% of the high school summer program students. Black / African American students accounted for 1.9% of district enrollments and made up 3.8% of summer high school students, while students identified as Emerging Bilingual (3.3% of total district enrollments) , Made up 9% of summer high school students.
Almost half of summer high school students also stayed sidelined last school year, according to the district.
Enrollment in the middle school summer program was much lower, with a total of 128 students and an emphasis on “competency-based intervention in English / language arts and mathematics”. Participants were identified by CR / NC grades or referred by a teacher or counselor.
Staff said they “also successfully served a disproportionately high proportion of traditionally marginalized students in 2021” and that “unlike in previous years and in high school, no overrepresentation of students identified as male was found”.
Hispanic / Latinx students made up the largest group of the middle school summer program at 31.5%, closely followed by socioeconomically disadvantaged students at 29%. Emerging bilingual students made up 21% of the program participants, followed by Black / African American students with 7.3%.
The 443 elementary school students enrolled in their own summer program at PUSD this year were referred by teachers and intervention specialists based on assessments, work samples, and progress on Level II / III interventions.
As with its other programs, the district said the elementary school’s summer school “continued to successfully serve a disproportionate proportion of traditionally marginalized students in 2021”. More than half of the participants – 57.7% – were aspiring bilingual students, while 27.4% were Hispanic / Latin American and 4.2% were Black / African American.
According to PUSD, “other demographics were represented at a level consistent with the county-wide demographics.”
Approximately $ 543,841 was spent on summer programs, including the extended school year, from the district’s general funds and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), among others.
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* Contracts for multiple Action I1 projects are set for board approval Thursday, including the purchase of more than half a million dollars in new classroom furniture at Foothill and Amador Valley High Schools.
With construction of two new classrooms at both schools coming to an end over the next few months, staff said “the time has come to order new furniture for the buildings”.
After a series of four furniture option review meetings with management at each site, including teachers, administrators and department heads, “a final selection for the furniture was made and approved by both site administration and the home decorating and construction team.”
Using the loan proceeds from Measure I1 and the piggyback arrangements with shopping groups, the district is expected to spend $ 222,587 on new classroom furniture in Foothill and an additional $ 342,968 on setting up the new study rooms in Amador.
The board is also expected to approve a $ 146,000 agreement on Thursday to advance the pre-construction and design phase / services for the new science building and courtyard of Hart Middle School.
Staff said they will be able to move on to the next steps “while negotiating the final cost of construction and bringing it back to the board after the design phase is complete”. Once the design process is complete, staff will negotiate the final construction cost and send it back to the board for approval.
Measure I1 funds will also be used to replace existing electrical switchgear in Foothill, which staff said has “encountered many problems over the years and is expected to have a significant (sic) failure and therefore needs to be replaced” .
âThe electrical switchgear was assessed and it was found that the age of the switchgear and the availability of spare parts were a serious issue,â said the staff, adding that the facility master plan three years ago âalso included replacing the FHS switchgear provided. but it was not originally included in measure I1. “
The board is expected to approve a $ 66,500 contract on Thursday for HKIT Architects, “who is very familiar with the FHS location,” the district said, and has been asked to “make a proposal about the upgrade and possibly the Check location of the PG&E transformer and “the electrical switchgear.”
After the staff presented the idea to the Board Facilities Committee of including replacing the electrical switchgear in Foothill this year, staff said “the consensus was to include this work on the project”.
The switchgear exchange will be paid for with savings from the project and “possibly supplemented by the measure I1 program contingency”.