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Enrollment down 700 students at Pleasanton Unified over past five years

Original post made on Feb 10, 2022

Pleasanton Unified School District has lost approximately 700 students over the past five years, particularly at the elementary and middle school levels, according to an annual enrollment report up for review by the Board of Trustees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 10:33 PM

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Posted by Hallie Wake
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 10, 2022 at 10:54 am

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There is no mention of why there is a drop in enrollment. Did families move away from Pleasanton? Did students switch over to private school or homeschooling?


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 10, 2022 at 10:18 pm

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seems like they should give the bond money back then


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 11, 2022 at 8:30 am

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The board did commit to “returning” the $35m. They bonded it anyway saying they could use it for a k-8 school. It’s just a game they will play until the money is gone. It is unlikely they will pass another bond, or parcel tax for that matter. I think Hallie is right—where are those 700 students? They know because records have to transfer with the students.


Posted by Jimmy The Jet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2022 at 9:31 am

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Students leaving is not exclusive to PUSD. There are lots of reasons that families are leaving the state. The quality of our schools in PUSD is probably not on the top of the list. Crime, wild fires, mask mandates, cashing out equity on homes, remote work options.... we could go on and on. It would be interesting to see if PUSD has a greater rate of students leaving than other districts.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 11, 2022 at 11:49 am

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Yes, enrollment is down, but why? The houses that sell can’t all be to families with no children. And the children that left went somewhere. So, tell us the reasons, not just that enrollment is down.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 12, 2022 at 10:30 am

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Every house in my neighborhood has turned from a non student family to a family with students, 70% of the houses sold to Indian families with at least two school aged children. These families are typically moving to strong school cities, so they are definitely enrolling their kids. If enrollment is down it’s because people are going to private schools.

Time for this criminal board to go


Posted by Teachers Spouse
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:24 pm

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Well I hope the PUSD and the Board of Trustees takes a thorough look at the reasons that this is happening.
Could it be the PUSD Management was not held accountable for the way they handled the COVID crisis? Pleasanton parents who are not willing to accept excuses have moved their students to other school districts that have transparent policies and teachers who are compensated appropriately for their contributions.

Meanwhile PUSD continually and contractually rewards its PUSD Management multiple times a year for a great performance without an official measure. No successful business/transparent public entity allows for
multiple blind bonuses annually for management that is not accountable. This is actually worse the taxpayers are funding the nonsense.

The article this is linked to comes at a time when the teachers are in negotiations with PUSD Management. The Teachers are honoring their commitment to not let the students of PUSD suffer. If enrollment decreases, public funds decrease and I am willing to bet it won't be PUSD Management that feels the decrease in funding.
Something to think about.


Posted by LanceM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2022 at 10:21 pm

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"Meanwhile PUSD continually and contractually rewards its PUSD Management multiple times a year for a great performance without an official measure."

100% agree. The Board gave the superintendents a 4.5% raise on top of their automatic 3.5% annual raise, in 2020 all while the teachers didn't even have a contract. Then they also get the same raise they give the teachers on top of their 3.5%. It is ridiculous. Looks at Haglunds pay. His salary is up over 25% in just a few years.

This is a board and an administration that is destroying the school district. The numbers of employees at the district office has increased greatly over the past few years while enrollment is going down. They complain that there is no money for the schools yet keep hiring and giving raises to the district office personnel that have accomplished nothing.

There is a huge problem in the district, and it starts with the board and their allowance of this administration to destroy the reputation of Pleasanton schools. The school board is actively supporting and promoting an administration that is anti-teachers which is causing good teachers to leave and making it nearly impossible to find new teachers. They'll make excuses but ask any teacher why they are leaving PUSD and they will tell you it is because of district leadership. Ask the teachers if they would recommend PUSD to their friends for employment. This is a major issue that this community needs to seriously look at. If you don't beleive me, it means you haven't been to a school board meeting. See how much the board and administrators congratulate each other on the accomplishments, then go talk to students and teachers to see if there has been and improvement in the classroom.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 17, 2022 at 8:14 am

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There are three long term board members; Miller, Maher, and Laursen who support the superintendent. Carreon and Mokashi are not the independent people any of us had hoped. Maybe they need San Francisco treatment?


Posted by Former PUSD Family
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 17, 2022 at 10:22 am

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While the following article doesn’t speak for EVERYONE it speaks for many:

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