School board to discuss new Dougherty Valley elementary campus

4% raises for classified employee unions, modified residential development fees among other agenda items for Tuesday meeting

The San Ramon Valley school board is set consider proposed findings and determinations about the suitability of the new Dougherty Valley elementary school site Tuesday (April 8).

School district staff recommends board members approve environmental findings for the project and endorse the site as appropriate for the future elementary campus, which officials hope will open in time for the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The property is located in the burgeoning Dougherty Valley community in eastern San Ramon, approximately half a mile southwest of the Dougherty Station Community Center and Library.

The new school discussion is among more than a dozen open-session agenda items for Tuesday's board meeting, set to begin at 7 p.m. in the district boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business, the school board will consider giving 4% salary increases -- retroactive to Jan. 1 -- to paraeducators, clerical, technical and child nutrition workers represented by California School Employees Association units II and III.

The district previously agreed to 4% raises for its service workers, teachers union, school administrators and upper management.

Later, the board will hold a public hearing on the school facility needs analysis and justification study required to establish modified school fees imposed on new residential developments within the district's boundaries.

The district aims to raise developer fees to $5.61 per square foot of new residential units. The district currently collects $3.20 per square foot, according to staff.

Board members will also hold initial discussions about a fee of $11.22 per square foot of new residential development that could only take effect only if the state determines funding is not available through its school facilities program.

Also Tuesday, the board will debate reducing hours or eliminating jobs for nearly 20 classified employee positions at 12 schools next fiscal year due to lack of work or lack of funds.

The board will consider final approval of revisions to the administrative regulation addressing reasonable accommodation for current and prospective employees. Members will also review revisions to the board policy on drug and alcohol testing for all people subject to commercial driver's license requirements.

Board members will present resolutions to support April as Autism Awareness Month and Asian Pacific Heritage Month. They will also honor the state champion Monte Vista High boys basketball team.


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Posted by Amy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Excellent news, our community is thriving and many, many families want to call this place home.

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Posted by overburdened taxpayer
a resident of Danville
on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

Let's hope the increase in developer fees gets adopted. The taxpayers are wrongly having to pay for the new Dougherty Valley School. Developer fees should have paid for it. Shapell Homes and the other builders obviously made out like bandits. Our School Board members failed us when the massive Dougherty Valley development got approved 20 years ago.

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