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Pratt appointed interim principal at Walnut Grove Elementary

Original post made on Sep 23, 2021

Walnut Grove Elementary School has new leadership as of several weeks ago, but with a face that will be familiar to students and parents while Pleasanton Unified School District continues to search for a new permanent principal.

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Posted by Concerned about Schools
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Sep 23, 2021 at 9:53 am

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Another district coverup and bunch of nonsense. This is, yet again, a load of bull from district leadership. Berglin being "on assignment" is ridiculous. Rumor is that the district told her it was "too late" in the school year for her to go to WG. She was out for valid reasons--is it even ethical for the district to reassign her? Weekly and community members, dig into this. There are public emails and announcements about this situation.

Posted by Frustrated Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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This man might be a wonderful principal and good for him. However, he did not interview for this position and candidates who interviewed over the summer for open principal and VP positions were not contacted to see if they still were available or interested. Just doesn’t seem fair.

Posted by Frustrated Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

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PS Mrs. Berglin has been a wonderful and professional teacher and principal in this district for many years. There is no discernible reason for her to have been reassigned, again, especially after preparing for this new position during the summer.

Posted by Asking For Truth
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

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I’m part of the Mohr community, and the problem from where I sit is that Ms.Berglin had been defending her staff to continue the strong work they were doing at Mohr.
She would not give in to the degradation coming from the top. Ms. Berglin should be commended , not punished. In addition, the principal at WG should be one of the strong candidates that went through the interview process. But, then again, does the district hire strong leaders, or “yes “ people?

Posted by Fired Up!
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 23, 2021 at 5:36 pm

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[Removed pending verification] Indeed, there may have been other alternatives, ie hiring summer interviewees but regardless of anything there was ZERO communication from Mrs. Berglin prior to the beginning of the school year with parents, the website never changed (ie always was old info from Chris Connor), she didn't communicate with the PTA and yes, [removed] But even after school started she never communicated once. NEVER ONCE. No welcome letter, no "I'm sorry I'm out letter." NOTHING.

I don't have an opinion about reassignment or who got the job/didn't. But frankly speaking, Mr. Pratt stepped up in a time when teachers and students desperately needed a leader and he did the one thing she failed to do - COMMUNICATE! And for that, he likely has all the support he needs to have many years of continued success at Walnut Grove. Thank you Mr. Pratt for stepping up and being the leader our kids need and love.

Posted by JustTheFacts
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 23, 2021 at 6:36 pm

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Did you ever consider that the district office may have instructed Mrs. Berglin to NOT communicate circumstances?

If you have been in this district for anytime, you would have suspected that, as this has been the strategy for years.

Principals are employees of the district office and have a lot less autonomy than you would ever imagine, particularly under the current regime.

I really doubt an experienced principal like Mrs. Berglin would have chosen to go dark in communicating with the community of a brand new school unless she was told to do so, for all the reasons that make you “frustrated” Just does not add up to me.

Posted by Concerned about Schools
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Sep 24, 2021 at 9:38 am

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JustTheFacts: Couldn't agree more. That is 100% what is going on.

Posted by Fired Up!
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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No. I didn't ever consider the district office instructed her not to communicate. There's very likely a number of things I could have considered and did not.

At this point one can only speculate. The principal at Harvest Park was hired around the same time and was in constant contact with the community. Mrs. Berglin was on campus with all teachers on Monday before school started. To be instructed to not communicate with the community before this date seems unlikely.

Mrs. Berglins husband is a pastor at Rock Bible Church, videos of the service are available on youtube.

Posted by Walnut Grove Roadrunner
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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@Frustrated Voter:
Mr. Pratt interviewed and is doing a great job.

Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 24, 2021 at 2:35 pm

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PUSD does seem to be remarkably inept in appointing its high-level administrators.

In recent years, there have been so many strange, sudden and unexplained, or only vaguely explained, resignations and/or changes in crucial district personnel. It is difficult not to conclude that perhaps there is a lot of behind-the-scenes lobbying, power and even political maneuvering, of which local stakeholders are unaware. Or are not informed, because of an almost gang-like culture of fear and silence.

I am concerned that the district will gain the reputation of being one to avoid.

Posted by Pleasanton mama
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2021 at 3:50 pm

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Congrats Mr. Pratt!

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