I am thrilled to welcome our students and staff back for what promises to be another great school year. It continues to be my honor to serve this wonderful community as I enter my second year as your Superintendent.
The District and Board of Trustees are committed to fostering meaningful engagement and open lines of communication with our community to help forge our path forward in service to PUSD families and the broader community. With this commitment at heart, after my first 120 days on the job I initiated an engagement process in which we checked in with groups and individuals who participated in the Superintendent search process in 2017. I was interested in gathering input on how the school year was going and what my focus should be over the next 18 months.
We received great input through over 120 follow up conversations with community members, families and PUSD staff. From the input received, we identified four major areas of focus that include: making meaningful connections, meeting the needs of every student, investing in policies and procedures, and improving communication and culture.
We then took these focus areas on the road for a listening tour, stopping at each of our school sites to share my commitments under each area and get input as to what we are doing well and opportunities to improve. I would like to thank everyone who participated at some point in this process. We received an enormous amount of great ideas and feedback. I invite you to view the presentation we shared here: bit.ly/PUSDListeningTour.
I strongly believe that, as a community, we are able to achieve more when we are connected and work together. In an effort to build stronger relationships and connections with our community, we would like to invite you to one of our planned PUSD community meetings throughout the year. These meetings will be a venue for the District to share important updates, and allow us to connect with community members around education-related opportunities and issues. We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m. for our first community meet and greet opportunity in the Fairlands Elementary School multipurpose room.
On behalf of all of us at the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Board of Trustees, I wish our community a wonderful school year and look forward to the opportunity to connect with each of you!