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PUSD school board to vote on adding more synthetic turf to PMS, Hearst

PUSD school board to vote on adding more synthetic turf to PMS, Hearst
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PUSD school board to vote on adding more synthetic turf to PMS …  Pleasanton Weekly

PUSD school board to vote on adding more synthetic turf to PMS, Hearst

Pleasanton School Board to Approve Change Order for Synthetic Turf Installation Projects

The Pleasanton school board is set to vote on approving a change order for two synthetic turf installation projects at Hearst Elementary School and Pleasanton Middle School during Thursday’s board meeting.

The Pleasanton Unified School District had already been working on several water conservation projects thanks to the $270 million Measure I1 bond, which voters passed in 2016.

Focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

According to Thursday’s district staff report, “the focus of these projects was planting drought-tolerant plants, removal of natural turf and installation of artificial turf.”

Landscaping company Bay Construction had already started work at both Hearst and PMS when staff at each school noticed additional areas that could use synthetic turf.

If approved, the work order will allow the landscaping company to install the new turf at “the area in front of the monument sign for gatherings” at PMS.

“It was determined this area would benefit from synthetic turf’s low maintenance and low water needs,” according to the staff report.

At Hearst, the area directly adjacent to the kindergarten playground would get the new turf, even though the original plan was to keep the natural turf.

“After reviewing, the neighboring regions were all going to be without irrigation, and it is a high-traffic area that will benefit from synthetic turf,” according to the staff report. “Facilities and Construction and the site reviewed these added areas and determined it will aid with water conservation and better serve the user’s needs with artificial turf.”

According to the report, the financial impact will be just under $63,800, which will come out of the Measure I1 funds.

Other Business

Presentation on PUSD Adult Education Program

Crystal Korbas, assistant director of Career Pathways and Adult Learning, will be presenting to the board an update on the PUSD Adult Education Program.

PACE, which stands for Pleasanton Adult and Career Education, offers classes organized primarily for adults in the community. PACE teaches basic and secondary education; offers programs for Adults with Disabilities; and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

According to the staff report, the presentation will go over ongoing funding sources, student performance data and future plans to increase Hispanic parent participation in the ESL program.

Rescinding Policy on Dogs Prohibited On School Grounds

On the consent calendar, which includes items that are routinely approved with one single vote, the board will look to rescind a policy that prohibited dogs from being on a school campus.

Approved by the 1996 school board, the 1520.1 board policy states that, “no owner or keeper of a dog shall allow or permit such dog, whether leashed or unleashed, to be in or upon any school property at any time, except for dogs used for the purposes of assisted living.”

If the board approves the consent item, that policy will no longer be in place.

“We closely monitor (California School Board Association’s) recommended policy updates and make changes as needed,” the staff report states. “Board Policy 1520.1 Dogs Prohibited On School Grounds is no longer supported by CSBA.”

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13: Climate Action

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • SDG 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity.
  • SDG 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
  • SDG 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

  • Indicator for SDG 6.4: Water-use efficiency measures implemented in the school district’s water conservation projects.
  • Indicator for SDG 11.7: Increase in the availability of green spaces in the school district through the installation of artificial turf.
  • Indicator for SDG 13.3: Integration of climate change education and awareness programs in the PUSD Adult Education Program.

Table: SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation 6.4: By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity. Water-use efficiency measures implemented in the school district’s water conservation projects.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities. Increase in the availability of green spaces in the school district through the installation of artificial turf.
SDG 13: Climate Action 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Integration of climate change education and awareness programs in the PUSD Adult Education Program.

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Source: pleasantonweekly.com

 

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