Message from Superintendent David Haglund
Dear PUSD Community,
As promised last year, the team is actively engaged in community meetings and data collection relating to high school boundary adjustments. The presentation is available online. Both the slide deck and the feedback survey are accessible via the district website. The survey will remain open until Dec. 21, so don’t miss the opportunity to weigh in on the issue.
The ideas that are generated through these processes will come to the Board at their first meeting in January. Following that session, staff will return at the second Board meeting in January with a final recommendation. It is our hope to have a finalized set of boundaries in place before enrollment begins for the 2024-25 school year in March.
Winter holiday performances are in full swing at the school sites. I was able to attend the Winter Concert at AVHS this week and it was amazing! Mr. Grantham, Mr. Fell and their students provided the crowd with joy — and Mr. Fey did pretty well too with directing Sleigh Ride. I have to say, his “clacker” was much more manageable and stayed in one place throughout the performance. Mine was much more of a challenge to track when it was my turn to direct. Too much fun.
I hope that you all have a chance to find a performance to attend during the holiday season. Thank you for supporting our music programs, and thank you to our music booster groups who do such heavy lifting to make these events happen.
As you may know, our session with the State mediator occurred today, Dec. 15. I am grateful for all of those who have prepared for this process and hope your hard work and collaboration produces a positive outcome.
I want to extend my congratulations to our new officers on the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with President Carreon and Vice President Brown during the coming year. We have a great deal to accomplish together and I am grateful for your dedication and service to our students and the community.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank and acknowledge Mr. Julio Hernandez, who is pursuing a new opportunity with Torrance Unified in the new year. I wanted us to take a moment here to appreciate Julio for all he has done for our staff and students since arriving in 2017.
Julio has been a great partner and co-collaborator. He has taken on critical projects head first and worked to bring the District into alignment with California Ed Code and the law. Those have included several significant and difficult lifts over time and I am grateful for his dedication and sense of focus.
I am particularly grateful for the work he has done to engage with our Spanish-speaking families. He has been a critical resource and helped them navigate various systems in the U.S. effectively. I have heard many positive comments from the community regarding his friendship and advocacy. I have also heard from members of our district staff who have reached out to him during times they needed help.
This is the one side of his investments that others sometimes miss when considering his official role in the district. And yet, these are some of the things I will miss the most. Like those folks Julio has personally invested in and directly impacted, I appreciate and will miss Mr. Hernandez. On behalf of the Trustees and Cabinet, I wish him nothing but the best as he returns to Southern California and takes on his new responsibilities in Torrance.
And to our staff, students, families, and broader community, I wish each of you a very warm and peaceful holiday season.
David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools