Pleasanton ISD employees came together last Friday to celebrate the start of the 2021 school year with their annual Convocation before welcoming students back on Monday. However, the staff was welcomed back in the most surprising of ways when Pleasanton ISD board President Ralph Unger announced that every single employee in the district would be receiving a $1,000 check at the end of Convocation.
“I realized that we had a very short summer, and [Superintendent] Dr. Mann came to the board and asked us about maybe doing something special for y’all,” said Unger. “This is in appreciation for all that you’ve been doing for our students, and we want to thank you for everything that y’all have done.”
Unger gave an in-depth speech before making his huge announcement, going into detail just how important each employee is to keep a school district running smoothly by recounting personal experiences from his time as a band director. He praised the Pleasanton ISD staff for the amazing things they are doing despite the difficult times they’d been going through the past two years.
“It just goes to show you, there are so many people that we depended on to work smoothly, and we don’t realize how their job affects the overall group,” said Unger. “… and we hope you all have a really, really great year.”
Unger mentioned the jobs of custodians, secretaries, transportation and maintenance departments, bus drivers, nurses, police officers, technology department, principals and teachers in detail during his speech.
PISD Superintendent Matthew Mann said in response to the announcement, “The board wanted to recognize the hard work and say thank you to our staff during a difficult and challenging school year. We ask a lot of our staff, and we are very proud of their dedication and willingness to do what is best for our students.”
During the Convocation, various staff members from each campus were recognized for their hard work. Please see story and photos in next week’s Pleasanton Express.