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School board approves standard raise, extra bonus for superintendent

Original post made on Jun 13, 2018

The Pleasanton Unified school board approved a contract amendment for Superintendent David Haglund Tuesday night that retroactively increased his annual salary and awarded him an extra $10,000 bonus after completing his first year with the district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:07 AM

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Posted by Angry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:25 am

$270,000/year! Gets a RETROACTIVE raise because he completed a whole year at the job. Plus a BONUS! Who could think there was anything wrong with this?

I'm sure we will have more campaigning for "needed" school funding this November. I'm through with more school bonds/taxes/etc. They have no idea how to appropriately spend money.


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Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

I wish Livermore rewarded employees who actually provided value to the community instead of rewarding them for political patronage.
Kelly Bowers, the Livermore Superintendent has gotten 10%+ pay raises from a complicit, rubber-stamping school board. - her total compensation package (as of June 2016) was $378,664.91 according to Transparent California.
Bower's base salary in 2016 was $318,932.34 compared to Pleasanton's Superintendent David Haglund's $270,300 base pay for 2018.
And apparently Kelly Bower's greed (and the Livermore School Board's ineptitude) never ends - the $378,664.91 isn't enough and she is demanding the board divert MEASURE J money for classrooms and athletic facilities to buy her an office building near Costco so she can sit (deleted) overlooking Livermore.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:43 am

What exactly are his top accomplishments to justify this? I would encourage this bonus if the accomplishments deserve it. I just don't know where to find that short list.

@Angry - Do you happen to know what he accomplished? For example, is it possible he implimented a new process that saved much more than the 10K he received?


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Posted by Scott
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:44 am

Money would be better spent in classroom.Juanita must be turning over in her grave. Pathetic. The money is in Management obviously, not in the classroom. BUT Pleasanton is a Management town so no worries, Right?


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Posted by Embarrassed
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:51 am

Please, please email/contact the school board with all comments. I don't know that they read the comments, but they should. I am extremely angered and in disbelief, too.

We moved here for the schools 12 years ago and over the years I have grown very disappointed with the decisions/actions of the school board. This pay increase, bonus and retroactive pay for the current superintendent takes the cake.

Please, please do not get me started on the $2M for laptops that most children already have at home. By all means, please provide to students in need - give them the best laptops money can by. And next time, perhaps the district will complete a survey of laptops needed BEFORE purchasing them. Makes sense, right?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:54 am

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Let’s look at it this way. A new teacher starts in the district. S/he gets paid for that year and waits for the union to settle for the upcoming school year and receives that raise for year two. The only way a new teacher gets retro pay for the first year is if the union has not yet settled the contract for that year. No other employee gets a retroactive pay raise or bonus. The superintendent had a contract spelling out his salary. There was no reason to give a retro raise and a smaller bonus (1%) on top of the $10,000 bonus. The bonus was for a satisfactory job and for staying a year. The other $7,950 is an insult, especially when all we hear is there is no money to operate s new elementary and this retro pay will add to the pension problem. I will actively fight any more taxes of any kind.


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Posted by Old Time P-towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 9:57 am

REMEMBER to vote OUT this PUSD Board! This is absolutely RIDICULOUS!!
And, YES, Scott, I've thought same Re: Juanita Haugen "turning over in her grave". PUSD needs more like Juanita.
Get RID of ALL existing board members!!!


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Posted by SHale99
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:26 am

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How come PUSD super makes pretty much what the SRVUSD super does? SRVUSD has twice the schools, twice the student and around 3x the budget.

Seems odd.


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Posted by Fed Up!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:30 am

Totally agree, Old Time P-Towner!!!! I have lived here my entire life. The decisions this current School Board are making are ridiculous!! Don’t get me started on the bait-and-switch tactics to get Meausure I-1 passed. The money needs to be put into the schools that are falling apart - NOT rewarding Haglund for not getting fired after one year. This school board needs to GO!!! Vote them out, Pleasanton!!


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Posted by huh?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:51 am

huh? is a registered user.

It's great that you all want to vote the current school board trustees out, but which ones of you are going to step up and run to replace them?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 13, 2018 at 11:25 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

huh is correct. In November, without someone stepping forward to run, there actually won’t be an election and two incumbents will breeze in for another four years.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm

It’s lunacy that the brand new superintendent makes that much more than our long term city manager. Disgraceful.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Nice reward for not quitting or getting fired, if he can hang in there for 1 more year maybe they will give him the keys to the city, it’s great to have unlimited resources for things like this but not have the money for our schools and kids??


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