Message from Superintendent David Haglund
Dear PUSD Community,
I want to begin by congratulating our Amador Valley and Foothill High School Competitive Civics teams for placing first and second in the advancing to the National We the People Championship, representing California for the third straight year. Both teams will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for Nationals April 13-15.
This is an expensive venture, and the students must raise funds for travel and several days in hotels. If you are interested in making a tax deductible gift to support our comp civics teams in this effort, please do that through PPIE by visiting ppie.org/donate. Please be sure to identify “We The People Nationals” in the comment area when you fill out the online donation form to ensure the money goes to support travel for the groups to Washington, D.C.
This weekend is the 48th Annual Campana Jazz Festival at Amador Valley High School. There is a full day of music with all PUSD middle and high school jazz bands performing throughout the day, along with groups from many other school districts. The Theater, Band Room, and MPR will host performances simultaneously. You can find information about obtaining tickets and the schedule for the day at amadormusic.org.
This week happens to be National School Counseling Week. I want to extend my gratitude to each of our hardworking school counselors and social workers, along with all of the dedicated staff who support the social, emotional and academic well-being of our students.
Thank you to everyone who Zoomed into our Feb. 1 Town Hall meeting, where Mr. Sheikholeslami outlined the shifting realities of the state budget, the direct impact on our District, and our initial plans for reductions and reallocation of local resources. A recording of this meeting can be found on the homepage of our website at pleasantonusd.net.
Please know that we are committed to minimizing the impact of these reductions to our students and are prioritizing actions that are as far from classrooms as is possible. We are taking time to speak with individuals potentially affected by the budget reductions planned for the 2024-25 school year and will return with a detailed plan for approval at our next Regular Board Meeting on Feb. 22.
Conversations around long term adjustments — 2025-26 and beyond — will be the focus of a Budget Advisory Committee that will convene in the spring. These are difficult conversations around decisions that we would prefer not to make. However, they are a necessary step to ensure the fiscal stability to support our students and staff, now and in the future.
Finally, for those who have requested a status update on negotiations, our Fact Finding hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 26. Fact Finding is a process in which a panel of three outside individuals, selected in consultation with the Public Employee Relations Board, reviews the proposals from each party along with the financials of the District. It is my hope that this process can develop a shared understanding of the facts and bring us to a resolution that benefits our staff, students and community.
We will continue to keep our community informed.
David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools