Dear PUSD community,
As we prepare for the transition to the holiday recess, I want to express my gratitude to each of you - our students, staff, and families - for being a vital part of what makes the Pleasanton community such an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to live in and be a part of the community these past 7 years, and I am proud to serve as your Superintendent. I am particularly pleased to see the completion of several critical, future-oriented initiatives and excited for others on the horizon that will strengthen PUSD’s path to the future.
We have accomplished so much together this past year, the completion of our major Measure I1 projects and beginning of the design phases relating to Measure I. The site design teams and Amador Valley and Foothill high schools are engaged with the architects to develop their common vision for new gyms and theaters on the campuses. Planning is ongoing for the Early Childhood Center, improvements to the middle school tracks and fields, and the transformation of Village High School into a “state of the art” Educational Options Center. These truly are exciting times.
Regardless of how your family celebrates the holidays, I hope there are ample opportunities to bring you together with those you care about most. Please be safe, if you travel and make the best of your time together. I look forward to seeing you, as we welcome the new year together. I will be praying for peace and civility - both at home and abroad - in 2024. But, as has been said quite a bit lately, “hope and prayers are not enough”. To that end, I encourage you to join me in choosing to be kind even when kindness is not afforded to us. To practice peace, even when the world around us seeks division and conflict. Like our vision for students…we can make a better world.
One final word of encouragement: It is important to remember that not everyone experiences the holidays in the same way. So, be kind to those around you, and don't forget to check in on those who may be experiencing their holidays after suffering a loss. A kind word or warm hug are often the most important gifts we can ever give, and they can be life affirming for others during challenging times.
Have a blessed holiday,
Superintendent of Schools