School board to approve new PHS principal, director of special ed at Wednesday meeting

According to a personnel report attached to the PUSD Board of Education meeting agenda for Wednesday, April 24, the district is expected to approve the hiring of a new director of special education and PHS principal tomorrow night.

Jean Fagin is currently the regional director for special education for Aspire Public Schools and is set to replace PUSD’s Douglas Harter who is retiring at the end of this school year.

David Yoshihara is currently the assistant principal at Frick United Academy of Language in Oakland Unified School District and will replace Sukanya Goswami as principal of Piedmont High School.

We’ll post more information about the new hires after Wednesday’s school board meeting.

CSEA, APT tentative agreements

CSEA and PUSD have reached a tentative agreement on salary and benefits, with a proviso that should APT negotiate a higher percentage in salary, benefits, or stipends, that increase would also apply to CSEA members.

Under the agreement, CSEA members will receive a retroactive 2.5% raise, a 4% raise on July 1, 2024, and a 4% raise on July 1, 2025 pending the passage of a November 2024 parcel tax. (If the tax does not pass, that raise will be 3%.) CSEA members will also receive a one-time pro-rated $800 stipend this year and PUSD has agreed to increase its contribution to health benefits. See details HERE.

APT and PUSD have yet to come to terms over salary and benefits, but in a positive sign that both sides continue to talk, they have reached a tentative agreement over working conditions related to Academy periods at the high schools. See details HERE.

Preview of the new 2024-2027 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The four LCAP goals are:
Goal I: Creating an Environment to Thrive. Cultivate a culture of caring, belonging, and trust that will provide students and staff with the support they need to foster connections and truly engage in meaningful learning.

Goal II: Investing in Outstanding Academics. Provide our students with an excellent education and opportunities for personal growth to develop a deep understanding of and skills in the arts, humanities, math, sciences, and technology.

Goal III: Partnering Beyond the Classroom. Harness community resources to expand experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom resulting in a student-centric experience for all types of learners.

Goal IV: Building for Operational Excellence. Create clearly defined systems and processes that support our commitment to excellence with access to high-quality educators, outstanding curriculum, and well-maintained facilities.

The Board will also recognize May as Jewish American Heritage and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month and hear from Police Chief Jeremy Bowers about secure firearms storage and approve a resolution to collaborate and increase efforts to inform district parents of their obligations regarding secure storage of firearms in their homes.

The regular meeting of the Board of Education takes place on Wednesday, April 24 in City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda has been posted to the District’s Simbli public page. The meeting will be held in-person and live streamed on KCOM (channel 27) as well as Zoom. The Zoom link can be found on the agenda.

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