PJUSD approves school contracts
by Nathan Duckworth
Jul 10, 2014 | 1858 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New digs: 
Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees peer into the windows of their new facility set to be completed by the end of July.
                      Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
New digs:  Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees peer into the windows of their new facility set to be completed by the end of July. Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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The Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees met at 7 p.m. on July 7 for their regular board meeting at the District Office. The meeting was brisk, running for about 35 minutes, leaving time for board members to peek inside the district’s new staff development center next door.

On the agenda were the renewal of contracts of four district superintendents, consideration of approval for a new transportation services resolution and the renewal of the Transportation of Pupils contract, as well as some smaller, routine items.

At the top of the meeting Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Child Welfare and Attendance Shawn Posey publicly thanked retiring Special Education Paraeducator Cynthia Sierra. Posey also announced that Tonya Bibbins is moving from Del Puerto High School to Patterson High School as the principal, and that Sandra Villasenor is moving from Assistant Principal at Las Palmas Elementary to Principal.

Contract Renewals

In one swoop, the board approved the renewal of the employment contracts up for consideration. Those employees with renewed contracts include: Superintendent Philip Alfano, whose contract runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015; Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Steve Menge; Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Veronica Miranda; and Posey. Menge, Miranda and Posey’s contracts are all effective from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.

The other big item on the agenda included the consideration and approval of the Transportation Services Contract with Newman-Crows Landing and the first amendment to and renewal of the Transporatation of Pupils Contract. The board said yes to both.

The second reading of Board Policies, which remain unchanged, and the application for Federal Funding for the 2014-2015 school year were also approved.

New Building

After the meeting, the board walked next door to check on the progress of the district’s new building, which will house a professional development center in the front and warehousing for their Nutritional Services program in the back.

The plans to purchase the building were approved by the board Oct. 7, 2013, and the center should be ready by the end of the month. In addition to professional training, the front can also be used for event-hosting or configured for auditorium-style seating with a portable stage.

The purchase was funded by the revenue coming in from the leasing of the district’s property that is currently being utilized for farming—the plans for a second high school having been stalled by the economic downturn. The renting of the space for events will also provide additional revenue.

“Between the back half that we lease for Nutritional Services and the front half that’s being paid for with this revenue, it’s not impacting our general fund,” Alfano said.

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892-6187 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com
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