Long range planning, cafeteria food discussed at Pleasanton School board

During the recent Pleasanton School District meeting, Joseph Warnken had to resign the position of District 6 trustee that he accepted just last month. This was due to a rule that said a trustee cannot take a position within 30 days of a family member being employed by the district. He was then reappointed to the position and sworn in. Amy Powell moved to accept his resignation; Edward Zamarripa seconded. Motion passed with Blasa Chapa, Jamie Downs and President Frank Tudyk, Jr. voting. Danny Brown was not present. Powell moved; Zamarripa seconded appointing Warnken to the board. Motion passed unanimously.

The school board presented certificates and movie passes to the students of the month from all grade levels, most of whom were present for the awards.

The Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) coordinator reported that during the month of September, 63,141 breakfasts were served. Down two percent was the amount of lunches at 42,896. They are attempting to get feedback from the students and parents on the menu choices and consider it an everchanging process. Paid lunches constituted 33% last year, with paid breakfasts being at 60%. This year, free lunches are at 67% and breakfasts at 88%. Calories and fat content were the target in 2012. This year it is sodium content. The department is working on new plans, making the meals more appealing and offering more food choices.

Andrea Gonzales addressed the board on this specific issue. She, along with many other concerned parents, are asking for more menu choices for their children, who come home hungry after school because the portions are not enough or they do not want to eat what is offered. Another problem is that the breakfasts served are packaged and full of preservatives, carbs and sugar. She would like to see more fruit and vegetables available. Finally, she added that the meals are just not appealing, especially for the picky younger children.

The board went into closed session at 7:30 p.m. Upon returning at 8:04 p.m., no action was taken on items discussed.

Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith presented the summary of the community comments on the long range planning. The planning goes through the year 2025, so none of this is immediate. First is the expansion of the pre-K and the adjustment of the traffic flow. Proposed changes are to the second to fifth grade with a new campus location. Sixth through eighth grade campuses would receive an upgrade or renovation. A college career center would be added to the high school. New transportation facility, with an optional maintenance facility is also needed. More pressing items are the replacement of HVAC systems, roofing and lighting. The district plans to partner with the city and county for Little League, Pop Warner, performing arts and community fitness programs. There are 100 acres for the high school and college prep center, ag barn and JROTC obstacle course across from the college. An addition of visual arts, practice fields, band and marching pad is also being considered.

Clinesmith continued that the PIC is an at risk campus and needs to be addressed first. The junior high building has the potential for an administration office or special ed. Plans for High School include a new diploma plan and career certification. Some examples of the certification would be welding, petroleum production, web design, natural energy, health and human services and technology. Costs for all the planned, long range changes is $5.1 million and Phase 2, coming three years later, would be $7.62 million. The final phase would be in 10 years and the total cost would be $78 million for all proposed changes and building. These are just suggestions at this time and can be tweaked. Any financing can be done for 10, 20 or 30 years, too.

The minutes of the September 9, September 23 and October 7 public forum and the September 23 regular meeting were approved as presented. Trustees also approved the Campus Improvement Plans for Primary, Elementary, PIC, Junior High and High School, recognizing that these plans continue to evolve.

There were budget amendments that dealt with code changes and moving money to other codes, which were approved unanimously. The investment policy, which is the same as last year’s, was approved as required by the state. Also presented to the board was a list of broker/dealers, which was the same as last year’s. It was approved unanimously, as well.

Meeting adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

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