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Pleasanton Unified Report Card

Original post made by Concerned Pleasanton Parent, Vintage Hills, on Mar 8, 2019

Given my children’s report cards come out this week, I thought it would be fitting to give PUSD a report card as well.

Pleasanton Unified has some of the highest rated schools, yet students are struggling, teachers aren’t getting the support they need, and the schools are falling apart. Due to the high turnover in school administration and the lack of leadership at the district office, there has been little accountability over the last few years. All the PUSD accolades feel like a facade if you really dig deep into the core of the district.

There is little to no transparency and rather than confronting an issue head on, it seems as though the district either ignores or dismisses problems all together. Over the last few years, I have watched my children’s school, Vintage Hills, steadily decline in every aspect of education. The school is not a safe place, nor is it an environment where children are thriving; all due to PUSD’s negligence and the lack of leadership at Vintage Hills.

There is constant bullying and physical harm happening on the playground. The administration is aware of the issues, yet it continues to occur. Children have to dodge cars on their way to school because the traffic system is not working. The administration is aware of the issues, yet it was parents from the school who came up with the solutions. Some parents purchased cones and put them out in front of the school and others are working with the city to help provide another crossing guard.

In addition, an entire building at Vintage Hills has been leaking for years. The administration is aware of the issue, yet they ignore the problem. Their solution is to replace the rotten ceiling tiles, rather that repair the leaky roof and make the classroom a healthy, safe environment. There is mold in those classrooms, soggy carpet, damp walls, and a foul odor. As the leaking has gotten worse, more and more students have been out sick. In fact, one classroom had 12 students out sick at one time. The teachers have asked for repairs year after year, still nothing is done. Another classroom has no running water because faucets were turned off rather than repaired and in another classroom an outlet sparks. These are all unacceptable conditions and there is no excuse for our schools to be in such disrepair.

Academically Vintage Hills is a disaster as well. Many students with diagnosed disabilities are either ignored or denied services. Due to the lack of school intervention, parents are either forced to consult legal counsel to help fight for services or they end up paying for outside help. A large percentage of parents at Vintage Hills who have students with disabilities are spending thousands of dollars each month to give their children the help the school district is refusing to offer. It’s no coincidence that the PUSD legal budget has increased given the amount of legal action that has been field against the district in recent years. It’s a sad state of affairs when parents have to fight for their child to have access to a fair and equitable education.; especially given it’s the law.

Needless to say, Pleasanton is no longer the district it used to be and it’s precariously resting on its laurels. Teachers are unhappy, administrators are leaving in droves, and parents are fed up with the state of the district. There is immense room for improvement and all the stakeholders involved are tired of watching the district struggle. The bottom line is PUSD is failing miserably. It’s time for the district to rethink their priorities, learn from their mistakes, and restart the focus.


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Posted by Helpneeded
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm

The SAD truth! Those adults that want to help are thwarted by administration at school sites and above at the district level leaving our children in at risk circumstances that are completely unnecessary.

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Posted by ConcernedMom
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm

It’s heartbreaking to say that all of this is true. Vintage Hills does have many wonderful teachers that are working hard and holding things together amazingly well despite having zero support, and sometimes subversive behavior from the administration. I can’t understand why our administrators - both at the school and at the district level - seem to want our school to fail.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm

This posting sums up what is happening at many campuses throughout Pleasanton schools. The administrators know that if they confront the District office with safety issues on campus and demand repairs, they know that what happened to Vranesh will happen to them. Furthermore, if you are an administrator who presses the D.O. to provide services for Special Education children, again you know that the D.O. will come after you and you will be removed. Oh and by the way, you will be inundated by the union for grievance after grievance.

This is why administrators don't press the District Office with concerns about broken facilities, sparking outlets that could cause a tragic fire (remember the fire at the Harvest Park library?), moldy and leaking roofs, leaves that are never picked up and sit rotting on campus causing children to have allergic reactions to the mold.

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If you are a silent type administrator that doesn't care about education, you will be promoted to a D.O. position eventually. If you are an administrator who is an advocate for children, healthy and safe facilities, and doing what is right for kids, you will be removed or you will just understand that PUSD is a dysfunctional district and you will leave.

After what the D.O. did to Rubino and Vranesh, also search firms told the city government that the district could only attract Tier 3 applicants whatever that means.

If you come to the District and try to make changes like Rubino did, you will accused of sexual harassment even if the only incident is someone apparently taking offense at a comment "you can't be that old" and oh yes, looking down momentarily. Looking down momentarily somehow becomes 'leering.'

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Posted by Member
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Rubino had a reputation of treating women poorly that preceded him. We should look into the process and consideration of background checks.

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Posted by An Angry Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm

First I want to say we do love our teachers. We love our aides and our interventionists. We love our librarian, science and PE teachers. We are sad that they get in trouble for helping our children to their fullest ability. Our anger is at Vintage HIlls so called "leader", Dr. Haglund for ignoring us and at the Board Members for not helping us

@ parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood

Our Principal at VH will throw anyone and everyone under the bus. She is NOT worried about losing her job if she goes against the grain. It might be the case at other sites, but at Vintage Hills our "leader" likes to ignore concerns and ignore teachers, students and parents. I would love to know how much the district has spent just in dealing with out of compliance situations for IEPs and 504s just because of our "leader". ( portion removed ) God Bless our teachers because they are at the hands of a very dark person. I know parents in the first grade who have asked for rooms to be cleaned and to be checked for water damage and she has simply ignored them. I know we have a room in the upper grades that the water was shut off and there was an electrical outlet that was a hazard. These issues are recorded in emails to our principal who simply ignored them. I know parents have gone to her about bullying and were told that their daughter, "...needs thicker skin" or the ignorance of cultural differences. The request for a crossing guard has been a challenge. We asked for cones MONTHS ago and she ignored our requests so we bought them ourselves. I did see she had a quote in that article acting like she knows what goes on with that crosswalk. I sit there every day waiting for my child. I have NEVER seen our Principal there.

Parents are not welcomed on campus because our "leader" clearly does not want eyes around the campus yet gates do not get locked properly.
We lose good teachers and other staff in departments like Speech and Resource. Teachers get emails that put them in tears all because she didn't do her job with a follow through or simply follow the laws of accommodations. Parents simply do not get a reply or are told to use Mountain Dew for ADHD children. She tells teachers NOT to encourage assessments for possible learning disabilities. Our children deserve more! Our teachers deserve more!

I know a good amount of parents who have pulled their children this year and as of next year may be losing more. No one wants her to be in charge of their children. She does not belong in our school. The district is very aware of all of our concerns and they ignore us. We are researching striking and keeping our kids out without our students being penalized. We want her gone and the district needs to hear us. Stop taking photos of your visits to band performances or sporting events Dr. Haglund and help us like you promised when you came here.

Pleasanton Unified...get it together. We need this "leader" out of our schools. She is not a good person or a good principal. Simply ask the children. Have real conversations with teachers and parents. Its time. Her time is up.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

A lot going on here and i think some redirected focus is needed.

The street and traffic issue anger should be directed at the city. They plan, zone, build, etc. Lets focus the expectation for permanent and temporary fixes there.

The facilities we pay for in taxes, bond measures, etc. No excuses from the school on adressing those issues - perhaps a parent/student strike is called for ?

Special needs is a tough one. The rate increase in 504 plans is greater than the rate of hires to address. And parents also know to get attention their kid needs diagnosed with something or risk getting left behind another student with special needs. Not an excuse to not address, but a reality to consider when measuring progress or regression.

Ignorance of cultural differences? What is this and how does it fit in? I dont think teachers or staff should change expectations based on different cultures.

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Posted by Vintage Hills Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:18 pm

This is a problem beyond the site level administration. The problem is with the district itself.
The Principal at VH (and all the other elementary sites,) needs additional administrative support. There should be a FULL TIME vice principal at each site. The work load for one full time administrator is absurd. Also, each elementary site needs a FULL TIME counselor. The counselor and VP could be addressing the bullying issues, and have consistent oversight over 504 and IEP plans. The expectation that one person do it all, is a set up for failure.
While many teachers at VH give 100%, let’s face it, just as many are riding out their careers doing as little as possible to get by. Innovation and continual growth and development on the teacher end, is in all due respect, minimal. I can imagine that school leadership runs in to union push-back anytime teachers are asked to implement change.
I’m embarrassed by the performance of the school and DISTRICT altogether. We can do better.

Posted by An Angry Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School

on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:19 pm

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Posted by Fired up
a resident of Vintage Hills

on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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Posted by File a Williams Act Complaint against the Vintage Hills principal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm

For the urgent conditions concerning facilities that are in disrepair or are about to start a fire or could cause a roof collapse, Google Williams Act Complaint, cut and paste the form, and outline all of the facilities defects including the sparking outlet and the roof issues. Send it anonymously via email to the school board and the mayor and city council. Their email addresses are on their websites. Web Link provides some information on the process.

For the racial segregation policies that Ann Jayne has implemented such as Web Link as well as the religious Buddhism pronouncements from the Dalai Lama she has been tweeting to students as well as the past sexual content of her student announcements Web Link based on the Mac Miller version of the Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger song, you can file a Uniform Complaint, you should file a separate Uniform Complaint. Please also include the Mountain Dew situation as a solution to ADHD at Vintage Hills. Send a copy to the State as well. You can also send a copy to the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Division. I am sure they will be interested in seeing this. It is called an OCR Complaint.

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Posted by Amador parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2019 at 11:05 pm

This district does nothing to get rid of bad admin. Look at Amador High Schools Althletic Director Lou Cesario. He is the absolute worse. Hand picks coaches that he is friends with to coach at a Amador regardless of whether or not they are fit to do the job. Doesn’t handle situations that arise, he just put it back in the coaches without supporting them. He could care less about any athletic team besides his baseball team that he coaches and yet, year after year, he is still in the position of the athletic director. No matter how many times parents have complained about his leadership skills, he is still in the same position. You wonder why the district allows this to continue happening.

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Posted by Help!
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 8, 2019 at 11:46 pm

The most frustrating part about the whole situation at Vintage Hills is that both teachers and parents have brought up concerns to the school district about leadership issues but nothing is ever done. Meanwhile...

Children are getting knives pulled on them at recess.

504's and IEP's are being violated.

Kids being bullied are told to grow thicker skin and then being sent to the school counselor because they are "too sensitive."

School lockdowns aren't being done properly when there are armed robbers in the vicinity.

Kids can't walk to school without almost getting hit by cars.

Classrooms are leaking, not well maintained, and kids are always sick.

Parents are being told by the principal in SST/504 meetings to give their undiagnosed children with attention issues Mountain Dew because "it worked for her son." Clearly she is taking the Dr. title before her name too far by prescribing caffeine.

If parents refuse to medicate or treat their undiagnosed children who are struggling, they are then forced to sign documentation stating "they refuse to medicate their child," but aren't given any services. Then they are asked by the principal, "don't you want more for your child?" In which the parents are then told "at this rate your child will never graduate from high school." AND then the child is still not offered to be tested or given services.

Is this the kind of school you would want to send your child to?! We have been dealing with this mayhem for 4 years... Enough is enough!

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Posted by Mom Here
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 9, 2019 at 12:17 am

Just want honesty and genuine people who care about our kids in our school. I would appreciate replies to concerns and follow up with those concerns. I want to trust the leaders of the school and I want my teachers happy for the sake of my kid. Whoever wrote this. Thank you.

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Posted by Help!
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

MomHere... Exactly! The lack of communication and follow through from the principal is not only unprofessional but it's also hard to feel like you are sending your child to a school where the administration doesn't care. Some examples that come to mind are... A child had a knife pilled on him at recess but the parent of that child had to find out from another parent, not the principal. This is not ok!!
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These type of incidents are becoming a norm at Vintage Hills. How is this acceptable?! How is it ok to blame teachers and yard duties for these types of incidents when the principal is the leader of the school? The teachers and students deserve better!!

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Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

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It sounds as if, finally, the leadership of the Casey era has made its way into the classrooms. This is indeed a shame. Do you want to make a point? Or do you want to make a difference? Our PUSD trustees ran unopposed in the last election.

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Posted by VH parent
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:27 am

Good point “Fifty years here.” Some of us should seriously consider running.

In the boards defense I don’t think much has been elevated to their level because parents didn’t want to go public. We thought the district would intervene. Kevin Johnson said things that simply were not true and then left. Mr. Haglund seemed wonderful but he inherited a nightmare. We wanted to give him a fair chance to address the issues. Recently it seems like he’s jumped on the bandwagon of his predecessors, punting complaints back to the school sites. These are the same people we are complaining about. It hasn’t been a year of issues Mr. Haglund, it’s been many. We aren’t spending hours after hours of our time coming to you as a first line of defense. We are coming to you out of desperation. The general feeling is Odie is dismissive or blowing smoke until he retires. I’m willing to bet there are not many parents who want turnover from a school principal who is effective and good at doing his/her job.

And to the site administrators who are scared of being fired - go public. Don’t take jobs that require you to pull up your big boy or girl pants for the safety and benefit of the students and then get scared. You are here to do a job. Do it. If you can’t do it because someone is blocking you then you have an ethical responsibility to go above the district. Parents will have the back of any site administrators that fights for the well being and legal rights of the children. If too much is being asked of you or you need more support, you need to communicate with us. Be honest. We need you to act in the best interest of those you were hired to protect. Don’t protect the ones who hired you.

In my wildest dreams I never imagined having to be on the board to make an impact in the school life of my children. I thought putting my career on hold, donating time and money to the school, and being at home with my children after school would be more than sufficient. I wasn’t here during the Casey era and have no reference point. When are those trustee elections again?

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Posted by VHParent2
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

I do not agree. I love VH and everyone there, especially Dr. Jayne.

She is more visable than anyone.

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Posted by
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

“VHParent2” good to hear someone is happy. Can you expand on your experiences? What do you love about everyone and Dr. Jayne? Or are you Dr. Jayne?

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Posted by Angry Mom
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

We could only imagine who is really behind VH Parent2. I believe you might have sent some parents a Facebook request than disappeared and if it's not who we all assume you not drink the Kool aid. Just because your child might be going through VH pain free doesn't mean it isn't happening. Good luck.

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Posted by Help!
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

VHParent2- Clearly you've had limited interaction with Dr. Jayne or you are new to the school. The only time Dr. Jayne is out visibly interacting with students is when administrators from the district office come for a visit and she needs to look like she is actually doing her job.

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Posted by Concerned Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm

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Thank you to all the parents that commented here and spoke their truth. The purpose of my original post was to give parents a forum to have their voices heard. It makes me sad that the truth was removed from many posts and yet again, our concerns are being ignored or denied.

If Pleasanton Unified really put kids first, they would speak to the teachers and the students at Vintage Hills. They are the ones in the trenches dealing with the fallout of a poor leader. In addition, every major concern raised should be considered legitimate, taken seriously, and addressed, not ignored or dismissed . What is it going to take for the PUSD administration to believe the parents and teachers, not the lies of the school principal?

Sometimes it feels like the administrative interaction from downtown is contrived and just checks off a box on their to do list. Dr. Haglund recently visited Vintage Hills but never visited the classrooms that were leaking. Why is this the case?! Parents have been contacting the district office about this concern for quite some time, yet their concerns continue to be ignored.

In regard to Dr. Jayne's visibility on campus, I asked my children if they ever see her in their classrooms. One response was "She doesn't visit our class that much but when she does she just stands their watching us which is weird." The other response I got was "She only comes into our class when men in fancy clothes come visit." You heard it folks... From the mouth of babes!

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Posted by Larry David
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

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First off, thank you for all of the all of the constructive suggestions for actions that can be taken by parents to improve the situations.

Second, I share some the above mentioned frustrations and can appreciate that parents need to vent. Furthermore I understand the hesitance to vent with your actual name for fear of consequences against your child.

That said, shame on those that are posting pointed comments to specific teachers and administrators behind the the curtain of anononmity. That behavior is unconscionable and I am surprised the pleasant weekly allows this.

And yes, I am not really Larry David, but I am also not throwing shade on specifically named people like the parents above.

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Posted by Fired Up!
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm

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California school district faces 'crisis' as students 'rage' without discipline (not our district but like this article alludes, it’s pervasive)

Web Link

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Posted by Concerned Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm

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Fired Up- Thank you for sharing! That's an excellent article and I suspect the same thing is happening at our school in regards to PBIS. It's just not an effective system.

On another note, I'm not sure if many people are aware but PBIS first started in the judicial system in jails. Personally, I don't feel as though a system that was design to reform criminals is what should be used in elementary schools with small children.

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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 10, 2019 at 9:34 am

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Thanks for sharing the article fired up. I am fortunate to have a very good principal in Pleasanton that is engaged with the students,teachers and parents. They have very uplifting and thoughtful assemblies that IMO help the culture greatly as well. If we didn't have her I could easily see our school in the same predicament as VH. It seems the PUSD overall culture and stability is trending the wrong direction.

I'm amazed that electrical outlets can't be fixed and trash or leaves not picked up; pure laziness and no pride. Bullying and cross walk situation needs to be addressed by the principal. Knives to elementary school's is a parenting issue and parents need to be put on notice.

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Posted by Justamom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2019 at 11:43 am

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I would like to mention to Larry David that the first person to mention a name directly regarding employees at VH is the one and only in support of the principal.

Tomorrow night is the district board meeting and we are hoping you will join us in support. Whether you speak or just come in support we would all appreciate it.

Our children deserve more.

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Posted by Larry David
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm

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I would like to point out to Justamom that her read of the comments is very different than mine. “An Angry Parent” mentioned the VH principal, same as naming her. And the initiating anonymous article mentioned VH leadership, a somewhat thicker, but still very thin veil.

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Posted by Been there done that
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

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As someone who's kids went through PUSD, don't waste your time trying to change the system. It is futile.
You don't have time for it and time is on their side. The kids keep moving through wether they get an education or not.

If you can afford it, get them into private schools where there is accountability. The precious formative years of a child are fleeting. Do not squander them