Walnut Grove Elementary School has new leadership as of several weeks ago, but with a face that will be familiar to students and parents at the campus.
Taking over the role previously intended for another Pleasanton Unified School District administrator, Walnut Grove vice principal Dwight Pratt was unanimously appointed as principal at the Sept. 9 Board of Trustees meeting.
Former Mohr Elementary principal Julie Berglin "anticipated beginning the year as the new Walnut Grove principal," and was originally poised to replace outgoing principal Chris Connor in July, but "was quite disappointed to not be able to be there for the first several weeks of school," Superintendent David Haglund told Walnut Grove families in a recent message.
The reason Berglin is no longer assigned as Walnut Grove's principal was not specified.
Haglund added that Berglin has agreed to serve as a principal on assignment in the district's assessment and accountability department. Berglin, who could not be reached for comment, has been at PUSD for almost 25 years and was principal at Mohr from 2013 until this year, when she hired for Walnut Grove.
The school started the 2021-22 school year with "some unexpected challenges," but Haglund said that Pratt "has provided steady leadership" and "ensured a smooth start for the Roadrunners."
With the goal of maintaining leadership stability at the school for the year, Haglund said Pratt will continue to serve as principal while the district continues to work to fill the assistant principal position "as quickly as possible."
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the district had removed Pratt's interim tag to make him permanent principal before the publication of the original version of this article. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the confusion.