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PUSD trustees appoint new Hart principal among flurry of admin moves

Original post made on Jun 26, 2019

Harvest Park vice principal Caroline Fields was named the new principal of Hart Middle School at the PUSD board's final meeting until August.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 8:47 AM

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Posted by wishtomove
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2019 at 9:22 am

Looks like its time to replace the voted in board members. Haglund has done nothing but collect paychecks and post on social media about being at band events and football games. He should be ashamed and so should our board members. This district is the worst its been...thank you Haglund. Thank you board members.

Posted by Livermore Parents
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 26, 2019 at 10:22 am

I certainly hope that Pleasanton isn't planning on dumping their trash administrators and teachers onto Livermore. We are already having enough troubles with Michael Biondi (from San Ramon) - our parents are speaking out against his bullying.

We know that lousy teachers and administrators in the Tri-Valley have migrated to Livermore - even taking a pay cut - because they think they will fly under the radar.

This is no longer the case.

Posted by William
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

It's great to see that nepotism is still alive and well at PUSD. A grand jury just noted that that is one of the major problems with Oakland Unified. Changes need to start now, before we get to far down this road.

Posted by Livermore citizen
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm

In response to Livermore Parents’ comment:
Mike Biondi came from San Mateo, not San Ramon.
Having interacted with him in numerous situations, “bully” is not a word I’d ever use to describe him. He’s principled and thoughtful and respected by the teachers in the district who are grateful to have someone with his depth of experience and who gives measured and wise responses to questions. He’s been responsive to teacher’s requests about creating more differentiated and rigorous PD opportunities, and he is clearly a teacher at heart and a servant-leader.
Also, labeling a group of people as “trash” is a move a bully would make. It’s mean spirited, hurtful and unhelpful.
Being a site leader is a truly tough job, often one caught between unreasonable clients (parents) and changing administrators above. They switch to new schools and districts for all kinds of reasons, and to lump them all together and label them negatively is to miss the complexities of each individual’s situation.

Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Haglund and his new cabinet are the reason for all the people leaving. He has created a toxic work environment and can only recruit through nepotism and from outside the district.

He needs to go.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 26, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

This is difficult. On one hand, Dr. Haglund had people already in place, and in the case of administrators, with contracts as long as three years. On the other hand, Pleasanton is not a starter district for those who want to be superintendents. One could say Dr. Haglund had both hands tied behind his back. That won’t explain away everything that is happening—Amador’s principal, for one, was a hire and departure under his watch with little or no transparency that may or may not involve others who are still employed (no way to get to the bottom of the rumors to find the truth).

We will know more with the choice of replacement for Dr. Micaela Ochoa. I found her to be open and responsive and easy to work with. When it comes to anything related to money, we need someone who will be very responsive to Public Records Act requests and with thoroughness. This has not the case in the past.

Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Livermore Citizen:

Michael Biondi came from San Ramon - he did make a stop at San Mateo (very briefly).

Michael Biondi may seem on first appearance to Livermore teachers as "principled and thoughtful" and "gives measured and wise responses", but what are you comparing him to, Superintendent Kelly Bowers and the other Assistant Superintendents? Mommy Dearest and her crew set a pretty low bar.

It is fair to say to anyone who joins LVJUSD from other districts in the Tri-Valley will be under strict scrutiny.

Posted by Lives in a Rep town in a Dem state
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Lives in a Rep town in a Dem state is a registered user.

Haguland has proved that the Trump Administration and Obama Administration have done nothing about Education. Our city is low on teachers as Trump and his crew sit back and relax on Twitter! Republican Jerry Thorne has done nothing to our district, Haguland showed that the district could do much worse. We need a mayor and superintendent who care!

Posted by Lives in a Rep town in a Dem state
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Lives in a Rep town in a Dem state is a registered user.

I also want to mention that we seem to have less school employees, since 1 school gives up something for another school!

Posted by skynet
a resident of Mission Park
on Jun 30, 2019 at 10:46 am

skynet is a registered user.

Lives in a Rep town in a Dem state. A couple of random observations, Pleasanton has a majority Democrat electorate and the mayor has no administrative or regulatory authority over our schools. At best he has a bully pulpit (which he has used to support our schools).

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Here is the registration breakdown stats for Pleasanton: Web Link

In case the link defaults back to the county, there is a filter—top left—that allows you to search on any community in Alameda. Pleasanton is 39.3/25.4 split, democrats to republicans.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 30, 2019 at 1:10 pm

My family are all registered democrats.
My family all vote straight republican conservative candidates.

It was the Hayashi grand theft shoplifting, Leland Yee gun running, and four other elected democrats arrested for fraud and other crimes.

Posted by Baloney
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Sure, Michael. Sure.

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