Palo Alto school board members will vote by June on a location for a new elementary school, and also whether that school will have regular or special programming such as Spanish immersion, according to a timeline approved by the board Tuesday.
Members will meet Dec. 9 in a public non-voting "study session" to discuss details of enrollment trends and possible options. Last year, a community advisory committee studied similar options and recommended opening a new campus on San Antonio Road, but that proposal was sidelined after the board decided to postpone a decision until 2014.
Also Tuesday, school board members indicated support for a proposed 4 percent raise for teachers, based on their 2012-13 salaries, plus a onetime bonus of 2 percent. The board will take a final vote Dec. 10.
The proposal would bring the salary of an entry-level teacher from $52,965 to 55,083, plus a one-time bonus of $1,059. A mid-career teacher would go from $85,924 to $89,360, plus a one-time bonus of $1,718. The most senior teachers on Palo Alto's salary schedule now earn $106,951, and an additional 4 percent would bring them to $111,229, plus a onetime bonus of $2,139.
Non-unionized management employees, school staff and secretaries would receive parallel raises and bonuses.
Superintendent Kevin Skelly would not get a raise, but would receive a onetime bonus of 3 percent, bringing this year's salary of $287,163 to $295,777.
In other business Tuesday, board members indicated support for a school calendar that would push the year's start date from the Thursday of the second full week in August to the Monday or Tuesday of the third week of August.
The apparent consensus on calendars from fall 2014 through spring of 2017, which is expected to come to a final vote Dec. 10, ends a controversy that led to many late-night board meetings on recent years.
Parent Amy Kacher, a member of the Calendar Advisory Committee and a strong opponent of the changes reflected in the proposed calendar, said she was frustrated that officials never really "scrutinized" other creative options.
"We're back to the status quo and I can't help but feeling frustrated," Kacher told the board.
Board member Camille Townsend, who also disagreed with the result but said she would accept it, tried to tell Kacher her work had not been in vain and that her ideas may be accepted in the future.
"I've learned the more I'm here that things are never done," Townsend said.