Dear PUSD community,
On Tuesday, December 18 at 6 p.m. the Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting to discuss and provide direction to address enrollment in Northern Pleasanton. During the meeting, staff will review the drivers behind the need, look at the options considered by the feasibility study group, and outline how we arrived at the recommendation for the new elementary school being presented. We’ll also share updates on several exciting Measure I1 projects that we will break ground on soon, thanks to the generosity of our community. In order to provide our community more time to review this information, the meeting agenda was posted a full week prior to the workshop.
The December 18th meeting follows an in-depth, public conversation that has involved a number of Board workshops, study sessions, community meetings and stakeholder surveys, as well as strong collaboration with the City of Pleasanton. I’ve had the opportunity to engage in rich conversations with families and staff members at Donlon Elementary and Hart Middle School, as well as with a number of local organizations including our PTA/PTSA/PFC groups, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, local realtors and the Downtown Rotary Club.
Thank you to the staff, families, and community members who engaged in this process to provide input. I would also like to thank our partners at the City of Pleasanton who have worked collaboratively as we’ve discussed the various benefits and hurdles with each design concept, including our shared goal to include traffic mitigation as a component in any solution. Our community’s input has helped to clarify priorities and inform discussions as we have studied, weighed and narrowed down the options being considered over the last several months.
Our District and Board of Trustees are committed to engaging in this important conversation publicly and sharing outcomes with the community. This commitment to transparency will continue, even as direction is provided by the Board on December 18th. We have much work to do. When we enter the design phase relating to this project, there will be additional opportunities for engagement with teachers, parents, students, and the broader community.
With this commitment at heart, I encourage you to join us on December 18 at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room. Thank you for your continued collaboration and support.