Superintendent David Haglund, Ed. D
Dear PUSD community,
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! It is my privilege to have been selected to serve this community as Superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District. I had the pleasure this week to visit each of our school campuses and welcome our students and staff back for another year. The energy and excitement in our classrooms was incredible. Seeing this shared passion and commitment to learning and growth, It is clear why Pleasanton schools continue to win awards recognizing academic programs that excel when compared to any programs across the country. I am honored to join our PUSD educators and staff in support of the success of each and every student that crosses our doors.
Having moved to Pleasanton in early July, I am getting acquainted with the community and have been warmly welcomed by the Pleasanton families I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so far. Pleasanton is blessed with a highly engaged and passionate community. I look forward to investing time to speak with you to better understand your hopes are for our schools and to foster meaningful collaboration and engagement.
Before coming to Pleasanton, I served as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer at Santa Ana Unified School District in Southern California. In this role, I worked to foster personalized learning environments to help all students achieve their unique potential and to provide high-quality educational options for families. While I’ve spent the last 14 years serving Districts in administrative roles, my heart has and always will be in the classroom. What happens in our classrooms and how we continue to provide a meaningful learning experience to each child is our first and most important work.
We have much exciting work ahead of us, which includes both opportunities and challenges. We will redouble efforts to recruit and retain highly effective educators and support staff with an “all eyes on learning” focus. Due to the generous and ongoing support from the community, we will begin the work to modernizing school facilities in ways that motivate and empower both our student and adult learners. We will also continue transforming the teaching and learning environments in classrooms across the District, by expanding personalized learning pathways and ensuring equitable access to resources for all students.
As we set out to do this important work, it is critical that we continue to act as strong fiscal stewards for the District and community. While State funding for schools in affluent communities like Pleasanton continues to decline, we must find new and innovative ways to sustain a world-class, 21st-century education for each of the young people entrusted to our care.
I look forward to working with each of you to ensure that Pleasanton continues to be an incredible place for our students to learn and grow, and an effective launching pad for their future endeavors in the college and/or career of their choosing.