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Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Dear PUSD Community,

I’d like to begin by expressing my appreciation to the Pleasanton PTA Council for hosting the PTA Founders Day dinner this week. We are fortunate to have a community that is made up of incredible parents and guardians who are advocates and leaders that help ensure each student has what they need to find success.

Congratulations to Deputy Superintendent Ed Diolazo for being recognized during this event as the PTA’s 2024 Administrator of the Year. This well-deserved recognition underscores the invaluable leadership that Mr. Diolazo has brought to our PUSD community over the last seven years.

Also recognized is Amador High School parent and past Pleasanton PTA Council President Donalyn Harris for her ongoing investment in our students, parents, and schools. I am grateful for Donalyn’s partnership over the years and was proud to see her recognized during the PTA Founders Day event.

We are continuing to address actions that may be necessary to ensure fiscal solvency of the district during the economic downturn that is having a significant impact on State revenues. At last night’s board meeting, we walked through a series of resolutions on the agenda that are related to potential reductions we need to consider based on the budget information we have at this time.

These are not conversations that we want to have. In fact, I am certain that each individual at the dais would prefer that they did not have to take place at all. However, State law requires that they occur now. Consequently, you can see similar actions before Boards throughout the State. I want to stress that the actions being taken are not final, but rather a State mandated step in the process. No positions or people are being cut at this time, and I am hopeful that some of the identified positions can be removed as we consider final action that will come to the Board in May.

To that end, I hope that we can all work together to find opportunities to enhance revenue as alternatives to reductions. This begins with supporting the growth of revenue generating programs and working towards full-day programs for our youngest learners. We will also continue to advocate at the State level — as we have for years — for adequate levels of school funding. We invite members of our community to join us in these efforts.

Sincerely,

David Haglund's e-signature

David Haglund, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools