Mar 25 2015

Many parents and teachers are already familiar with the next Piedmont Unified School District Superintendent -

At their March 25, 2015 meeting, the Piedmont Board of Education announced their selection of Randall “Randy” Booker to be Piedmont’s new Superintendent of Schools.  Randy Booker currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, and was previously the Principal at Piedmont High School.

Booker will assume the position of  Superintendent on July 1, 2015. His salary will be $212,000 per year plus the same benefits provided to other District employees.

Board President Andrea Swenson detailed the exhaustive selection process and numerous interviews leading to the Board’s “clear choice” of Booker.  In the Council Chambers filled with teachers, parents, Council members and others, the Booker announcement was received with loud and prolonged applause.

Booker spoke briefly, noting his appreciation for being selected and welcoming the opportunity ahead of him.  He told of wanting to keep moving forward with District progress and his desire to increase communication with the community, teachers, and students.

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Randall Booker

Below is the District Press Release:

PIEDMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

From the Board of Education

760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA  94611

Piedmont’s Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of the next Superintendent of schools, Randall Booker. Randy Booker currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, and previously served as Principal at Piedmont High School. Mr. Booker will begin serving as Superintendent starting on July 1, 2015.

The process of selecting the next Superintendent was truly a community effort. The Board of Education is grateful to all of the over 400 students, parents, educators, administrators, and community members who contributed their ideas and opinions to the search process. Their input was an invaluable guide for the Board in the process to reaching a unanimous agreement on this appointment.

This input indicated that the next Superintendent must have a clear vision of how to build on Piedmont’s legacy of educational excellence, and the proven skills and experience to implement effective change. The input also provided a blueprint for the role of the Superintendent: to listen to and effectively represent the interests of all constituents; to foster a positive professional climate of mutual trust and respect among staff and administrators; to recruit and retain highly qualified personnel; and to effectively plan and manage the long-term financial health of the District.

The Board conducted a nation-wide search and received 45 applications for the Superintendent position that included several exceptional applicants. The Board interviewed seven candidates, and conducted additional interviews with three finalists. The Board sought the most qualified candidate who is the best match for this District. After a thorough search and selection process, and in consideration of substantial input received from the community, the Board unanimously concluded that the clear choice for Piedmont is Randall Booker. The Board found that Mr. Booker has a unique combination of experience, skills, and values that will serve and enhance opportunities for all of our students. Also, the Board was impressed with Randy’s dedication to listen to all viewpoints, solve problems, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders. It is not surprising that Mr. Booker is already well-known and well-respected among many in the Piedmont community.

Mr. Booker’s vision as Superintendent for the Piedmont schools includes:

  • A renewed, broad, and inclusive community engagement concerning District goals and priorities, including dialogue with students, parents, educators, and staff.
  • An exemplary 21st century education that is rigorously inquiry-driven, learner-centered, and sensitive to the social/emotional needs of our students.
  • A relevant and coordinated professional learning plan, across all educational programs, designed to foster a growth mindset that builds capacity in each of our educators.
  • A comprehensive facilities review that addresses the need for updated, flexible learning spaces and needed improvements to the appearance of District facilities and grounds.
  • A Local Control Accountability Plan that strategically directs educational program and promotes a balanced budget through the continued partnerships of our community and educators.

The Board is grateful to all who contributed their ideas and opinions to the search process, and helped guide the Board in making this appointment. Randall Booker will succeed Superintendent Constance Hubbard, who has served as Piedmont’s Superintendent for more than 12 years. Some of Connie’s most notable accomplishments include: attracting, retaining and developing outstanding educators and staff; shepherding the District through an unprecedented State-wide educational funding crisis; modernizing technology infrastructure; and completing, on time and on budget, seismic safety improvements to all school facilities.

Learn more about Booker.

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Mar 24 2015

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at City Hall for volunteer positions on Piedmont commissions and committees.

Read prior PCA article for details. <

Mar 24 2015

 Here is an opportunity for Piedmont residents to identify new capital projects in the community.

There is $407,000 in the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Fund available for projects.

Residents may notice areas that need capital funding such as hazardous intersections and medians, needed plantings, protective pedestrian fencing, additional recreation facilities, accomodations for elderly persons, ways to save water, pool improvements, Community Hall Plaza, or any desired public project. 

“The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Committee is soliciting proposals for new city projects which would enhance our community. Ideas submitted by individuals, community organizations and City Staff are all considered. If you have a great idea, the committee would like to hear from you.”

The Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. Click to read the agenda.  This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will not be broadcast and written minutes are not kept.  The March 26th agenda calls for City Staff CIP Presentations [Various Departments], Review of Proposed Work Schedule and CIP Tour, and a Review of New Citizen Proposal Form.

The Capital Improvement Project Committee (CIP) will be receiving public proposals for desired capital projects. Projects can be simple or complex.  Those proposing projects need not have complete information, such as funding.  The more a project proposal details a need, the more likely the project will be added to a consideration list by the CIP Committee for referral to the City Council.

The Citizen Proposal Form does not list a deadline for submitting a citizen proposals, yet all proposals should be submitted promptly to the Department of Public Works for consideration by the CIP Committee. The tour and identification of projects are expected sometime in April.

Completed forms should be returned to the Department of Public Works, 120 Vista Avenue. If you have questions regarding the CIP process and proposals, please contact Mark Feldkamp, Parks & Project Manager, at (510) 420-3064.

Click > for the proposal form.

“It is not necessary to complete all of the information on this form; general project descriptions, project justification and estimates of costs are the basic items required [as feasible]. Additionally, it is helpful to suggest a potential funding source. City staff will contact you to discuss the recommended project in more detail. The City of Piedmont appreciates your participation in this process.”

The members of the CIP Committee are:

MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL (4):  John Cooper (Chair), Ryan Gilbert, Bobbe Stehr (Former Planning Commissioner) and Jamie Totsubo (Park Commissioner)

PIEDMONT GARDEN CLUB’S PIEDMONT BEAUTIFICATION FOUNDATION APPOINTEE (1): Deborah Van Nest  (President of the Beautification Foundation)

PARK COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE (1): Sue Herrick (Chair of the Park Commission)

RECREATION COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE (1): Nick Levinson (Chair of the Recreation Commission)

COUNCIL LIAISON, as observer: Vice Mayor Jeff Wieler, alternate Councilmember Teddy King

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STAFF LIAISONSChester Nakahara (W) 420-3061 & Mark Feldkamp (W) 420-3064.

Mar 24 2015

Piedmont’s Public Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue.

The agenda includes:

Preparation of the annual report to the City Council

Fire Department Open House

Report on the number of neighborhood meetings

Report on the Disaster Preparedness Group

City Emergency Plan

School Liaison Activities

Read the complete agenda. The public is welcome to attend and address issues of interest.  This meeting will not be broadcast.

Minutes of January 8, 2015 meeting.

Mar 23 2015

Piedmont’s Board of Education will present our next Superintendent of schools at its next regular meeting on March 25, at 6:00 pm in the City Chambers. I do not know who the appointee is, but I want to welcome him/her. I am sure that our entire community will rally to support him/her for the benefits of all our students.

Bernard Pech

Editors’ Note: Opinions expressed are those of the author.
Mar 23 2015

PIEDMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE

School Enrollment for 2015-16 School Year

Enrollment is open for all students from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade for the 2015-16 School Year. Enrollment is required for any student who did NOT attend school at a PUSD school in the 2014-15 school year. Please enroll as soon as possible to assist in preparation for staffing needs and class assignements.

To enroll your child, you must go in person to the school.

For middle and high school students, please go to the school your child will attend; for elementary students, go to your neighborhood elementary school.

To make an appointment to enroll your student call:

Piedmont High School – Melanie Reed, 594-2646

Piedmont Middle school – Evangeline Walsh, 594-2669

Beach Elementary School – Megan Nakahara, 594-2666

Havens Elementary School – Cheryl Vaughan, 594-2680

Wildwood Elementary School – Christine Peterson, 594-2780

Required Documents:

Please download documents for enrollment by visiting the District website at www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/district-info/enrollment. Please bring paper copies of relevant documentation. Parents are required to bring original birth certificates or passport of children to be registered to show proof of age. Children should not accompany parents for enrollment.

Parents must provide, at the time of enrollment, a grant deed and three additional proofs of residency. Parents renting/leasing must provide, at the time of enrollment, a lease AND a copy of the property owner’s rental permit from the city, and three additional proofs of residency.

For information on acceptable proofs, please go to the District website: http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/district-info/enrollment/ and scroll down to “Proofs of Residency.”

Parents should come prepared with documented evidence showing complete dates that children have been adequately immunized. State law requires that children be excluded from school until this information is on record in the school files.

Mar 23 2015
On Saturday my 10 year old daughter Eva and I had the opportunity to watch the Piedmont High women’s basketball team play in Sacramento.  Eva’s on her fifth grade basketball team at Turtle Bay School in Redding.  I graduated from Piedmont High School in 1972.  Eva attended the game wearing her grandfather’s (Art Hecht’s) Piedmont High School rooter jacket. Neither one of us had ever seen anything as magnificent as the beautiful game the Piedmont women played that night.  The athleticism was amazing.  The tenacity to struggle from behind and win decisively was inspirational.  The most impressive feature we observed, that moved us deeply, was that the athletes truly loved each other, worked as a family of sisters, and put forth fabulous effort for each other.  We were both thrilled and proud. Please express our thanks to the team.
And there is no doubt, they did achieve the honorable!
 Since that time the women’s basketball team has ended their brilliant run for this year.  It would have been nice if they had gone to the State Championship game and won it, but it doesn’t matter.  As I later wrote to Superintendent Hubbard, those young women and their coaches have created something very special and beautiful, and they deserve recognition. Their intensity and focus were awe inspiring. The harmonious union they built is wonderful. They are and always will be champions.            Stephen Hecht
Editors’ Note: Opinions expressed are those of the author.
Mar 22 2015

The Piedmont Unified School District’s (PUSD) new superintendent will be announced and introduced to the community at the School Board’s upcoming meeting in the City Council Chamber, 120 Vista Avenue.   The Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Board of Education Meeting will begin open session at 6:00 p.m.

A reception for the community to meet the new superintendent will follow at 6:45 p.m., City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue.

All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

The appointee will assume the position of superintendent on July 1, 2015, succeeding Superintendent Constance Hubbard, who has served the District for more than 12 years.

In the District’s news release preceding the March 25 Board meeting, it states the PUSD Board reached “a unanimous agreement on this appointment.”

Mar 22 2015

On Tuesday, March 24, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board will consider a proposed $1.8 billion budget that EBMUD’s General Manager Alexander Coate will present on Tuesday, March 24, to the Board of Directors. The budget funds critical capital projects, accounts for increased water supply costs because of drought, and balances slimmed down water sales.

Under the first year of this proposal, the average EBMUD household that uses about 7,500 gallons per month would see an increase in their monthly water charge of $3.57, increasing their bill from $48.60 to $52.17 each month. That is about a 7 percent increase to most residential water bills for fiscal year 2016. About two-thirds of EBMUD’s single family residential customers use less than the average amount.

The highest one percent of water using households, those using about 45,000 gallons per month, would see an increase in their monthly water charge of $47.69, increasing their bill from $264.68 to $312.37 each month. That is about an 18 percent increase for those customers in fiscal year 2016.

The wide range in water rate increases in fiscal year 2016 stems from the findings of a cost of service study the district conducted last year. State law requires rates be based on the cost of service. The study recommended adjustments for rates in all customer classes and all tier levels to match customer costs with services received.

An additional 7 percent rate increase for all water customers also is proposed for fiscal year 2017.

New this year to the budget are proposed temporary drought surcharges of up to 25 percent. The drought surcharges of 8, 20 or 25 percent would apply to all customers only during a declared stage 2, 3 or 4 drought and only on the volume of water they use. Drought surcharges primarily would pay for water supplies via EBMUD’s Freeport facility on the Sacramento River.

Mar 17 2015

School Board Member Doug Ireland provided the following update on the selection of a new PUSD Superintendent.

“The board has conducted its schedule of first and second round interviews, HYA has provided background reference materials on all the selected interviewees and we are now in the final stages of concluding our proceedings.  We plan to make a formal announcement at the regularly scheduled March 25 board meeting. We continue to ask for your patience in this final but sensitive period in the process.”

School Board Member Richard Raushenbush reported that three candidates were interviewed on three consecutive nights on March 12, 13, and 14, 2015.

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