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Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Dear PUSD Community,

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to both the APT and District negotiation teams for their hard work on Monday. They stayed the course for over 14 hours and achieved a tentative agreement. Negotiations are often complicated and difficult processes to navigate. This was especially true this year, due to the State’s deteriorating economy.

Though there are still a few steps to be taken to finalize the agreement, the signed TA was certainly good news for our community. Like our students, it is important that each member of our PUSD team feels heard and valued. We look forward to bringing this agreement before the Board for approval in the coming weeks.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of joining PUSD and Alameda County Teacher of the Year, Kevin Kiyoi, and the Amador Girls Who Code chapter at their 5th Annual Girls Who Code Summit. This amazing group of ladies from Amador Valley High School inspires hundreds of young women to pursue an education in computer science. Mr. Kiyoi is a testament to the quality of educators we are blessed to have here in Pleasanton.

On Tuesday, I was privileged to have the opportunity to provide an update to the community during the Annual State of the District event hosted by PPIE. It is always a special time for me, as we look back on all that has gone on this past year. Much of those items were also presented in our Annual Report. There are copies available at our district office and online at pusdedu.info/annualreport.

On Wednesday, I was able to join our Spanish-speaking parents for a special event at Valley View Elementary School. Mr. Ovi Vasquez spoke to a MPR full of parents, students, and PUSD staff about his path out of the fields in Guatemala, to completing his education in the US, and leading to work in several of the top technology companies in the world.

Ovi now spends his time speaking on leadership and raising money for scholarships. To date, he has raised and distributed over $4M to students throughout the country. In addition to his time at Valley View, Ovi went to our three high schools and met with groups of students to encourage them to pursue higher education and own their path toward success. Step #1: You have got to keep showing up.

At last night’s board meeting, we continued our budget-related conversations as we presented our second interim budget report. As expenditures continue to rise, and revenues fall due to declining enrollment and anticipated reductions to the State’s COLA, we invite our community to remain engaged, ask questions, and join us in finding solutions. Our students are counting on us.

Next month, I will convene a Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee to begin deep discussions around priorities and to strategize around how to sustain these important programs over time. The committee will be representative of our stakeholders, including certificated and classified staff members, parents, students, and the community leaders. Specifically, the members of the BAC will be asked to identify potential areas for reductions, to assist with prioritizing and reallocating existing spending, and to consider how we might generate new revenue. This critical work will set a path forward for PUSD for years to come.

Finally, I want to take a moment to express my condolences to the family of Albany Superintendent, Frank Wells, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week. Frank was a colleague who I valued, and I know similar feelings are shared by many other leaders in and beyond Alameda County. My thoughts, and those of the Board of Trustees and Cabinet, go out to Frank's family and the entire Albany community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

David Haglund's e-signature

David Haglund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools