Superintendent David Haglund, Ed.D.

Dear PUSD Community


Recently, I had the opportunity to present an address at PPIE’s Annual State of the District luncheon. The audience included school and District leaders, community, businesses and our friends from the City of Pleasanton. What fun it was to celebrate together and reflect back on just a few of the recognitions received by schools, teachers, and students in PUSD. My talk included the following highlights:

  • PUSD’s ranking as the #1 school district in Alameda County for 2020 (PUSD was ranked 5th in the Bay Area and 11th in the State of California)
  • The #1 elementary, middle and high schools in Alameda County for 2020 are located here in PUSD (Fairlands, Harvest Park, and Amador)
  • California Distinguished Schools (Fairlands, Hearst, and Lydiksen in 2018, Foothill in 2019, and Mohr in 2020)
  • National Blue RIbbon School (Amador Valley High School in 2017)
  • Various State and National recognitions for student academic and extracurricular programs, including two Golden Bell Awards from the California School Boards Association

So much goes on each year that we have decided to find a better way to capture and communicate that news. At the State of the District luncheon, sponsored by PPIE, we released our first Annual Report, which is linked here, and we intend to issue an update each year at the State of the District luncheon. There is a good deal of great information inside. I hope that you will take the time to read through the document. 

Measure I1 school improvement projects are moving forward at a good pace. Pending Board approval of the construction bids, the first phase of the Lydiksen school rebuild is also scheduled to begin this February with the construction of the secondary parking and drop-off loop and relocation of the Kids Club classrooms. When completed, the secondary drop-off will help reduce congestion at the front of the school and along Foothill Road. This work will set the stage for Phase Two of the Lydiksen rebuild this summer as new classroom buildings will be raised. The new science buildings at Foothill and Amador Valley high schools are set to begin construction in early summer. All three projects are planned to be complete and open with the start of school in 2021. 

The new science building and portable replacement project at Hart Middle School is currently in the architectural design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2021. On a similar timeline is the new elementary school (E10), located in the Val Vista neighborhood off of Payne Road and Denker Drive. Both of these projects are planned to conclude with the start of the school year in 2022.

To learn more about these and other Measure I1 and facilities projects, visit the PUSD Facilities & Construction web page. 




David Haglund