Message from Superintendent David Haglund
Dear PUSD Community,
Earlier this week, the Board of Trustees and our Executive cabinet had the pleasure of attending the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast. We were proud to have students from our PUSD step dance program, the Full Force Steppers, performing as part of this annual Tri-Valley event.
The students were inspiring and truly a highlight of the event. I’d like to thank the families of these students and our Student Support Services team for their important work in helping foster community and celebrate their cultural identity.
At last night’s board meeting, our Business Services division provided a high level update to continue our conversation about the Governor’s proposed 2024-2025 budget and speak to the related impact on our budget planning processes. If you recall, when the first interim budget was presented on Dec. 14, 2023, our District was already facing $5.5 million in necessary budget reductions/reallocations.
I’d like to invite the community to join us on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual information meeting. We’ll discuss the State budget and actions we anticipate are needed to adjust to the Governor’s proposed funding reductions.
These are not conversations that we want to have; we would prefer that they did not have to take place. However, we will engage in them as transparently as possible because they involve difficult decisions. We must strive to work closely together to minimize direct impact on our students. Your Board and District leadership will continue to advocate at the State level for adequate funding levels, and we appreciate the partnership of our friends in PTA who are joining us in that effort.
Because it is important that we are all informed in this process, I encourage our staff, families and community members to join the meeting for this important information session. Please visit pusdedu.info/feb1budget to join.
Finally, I am pleased to see the community engagement meetings relating to athletic and performing arts facilities in Measure I moving forward in the design phase. These meetings are a great way for you to weigh in on the final design of these wonderful new facilities.
The next round of meetings will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at each of the two high schools — one meeting for performing arts facilities and one for athletics. Please watch for information regarding specific times and room locations and come be a part of the process.
David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools