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Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Dear PUSD Community,

I want to begin by congratulating Ms. Saunders and Mr. Leal as our 2024 Teacher and Classified Employees of the Year. You both represent the very best of PUSD and the impact each of our employees have on our students in and out of the classroom.

I also want to congratulate our Foothill and Amador Valley High School Competitive Civics teams for their performance in the National We the People competition. Once again, the Foothill team achieved 3rd place in the championships and Amador Valley came in 7th. These students and their coaches work incredibly hard as they prepare.

This coming weekend, our friends at PPIE will host the Annual Run for Education. Families and community members will gather at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Sunday for this special event. The Run for Education is one of PPIE’s biggest fundraising events and helps to secure funding for programs that our students and teachers value. I hope to see you Sunday morning either running the route or cheering from the sidelines.

Earlier this week, I notified the community of my intention to leave my role in PUSD and head back to Southern California. The truth is that I have received a significant promotion to a very important position — that of being a loving and involved grandfather (or as they refer to me: Pops or Papa). This is one of those “jobs” that I simply can no longer do effectively in a remote way. I need to be present.

While I have loved my time in Pleasanton and doing the daily work to support our students and staff, being distant from my family has been growing heavy on me as Ben, Micah, and Madden have grown older. There is never a good time to leave — especially when there is so much left to accomplish. But, it is time for me to pass the baton to the next runner.

As a Scout, I was always taught the importance of leaving a place better than you found it. Looking back over these past seven years, we have accomplished so much together. And, while there is still much more to do, there is a great deal to celebrate and be proud of.

I am confident that the team we have in place will continue working to actualize the mission and vision of PUSD and deliver the world class educational experience that Pleasanton families have long enjoyed. The team will also implement commitments made to the community with Measure I. I hope to be invited to return and celebrate with the community when those new facilities are opened in the years ahead.

I want to close by thanking a few groups of people:
Thank you to the Board of Trustees — both past and present — for this incredible opportunity to serve these past seven years as superintendent.

Thank you to our teachers for bringing your best into the classroom each day and for inspiring our students to become thoughtful, expressive, and engaged learners.

Thank you to our managers and classified support staff for doing the critical work to support our school sites so that the focus can remain on the work in classrooms.

Thank you to our parents and the community partners for your ongoing emotional and financial support of our schools, students, and staff.

And, most importantly, to the students of Pleasanton: I want to thank you for always inspiring me to bring my best self to work each day and for helping to ensure my primary focus remained on the thing that matters most — Each of you. I want you to know that I have been incredibly proud to be even a very small part of your educational journey and that I will continue cheering you on as you go out and make a better world.


David Haglund's e-signature

David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools