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A Message from Supt. Brian McDonald

Dear PUSD Employees, Families, and Community,

Interim Superintendent Dr. David Verdugo I hope you are having a productive and restful summer break. The PUSD team is busy preparing for the start of the school year so that our faculty, staff, and schools will be ready to welcome students when the new school year begins on August 12, 2019. 

Although the start of each new school year is one of my favorite times because it is filled with optimism, hope, and excitement, I will have to miss this special time with you this year since I am scheduled for a planned surgery in late July and will be on medical leave recuperating for several weeks.

Dr. David Verdugo (pictured, right) the former Superintendent of Paramount Unified School District and a veteran leader who has served more than 43 years in K-12 education and mentored and coached aspiring superintendents across the country, will lend his experience and expertise in guiding PUSD until I return.

Dr. Verdugo’s leadership as interim superintendent will be invaluable as we resolve important issues facing our school district at one of the busiest times of the school year. He will support our Executive Leadership Team, which will be led by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Elizabeth Blanco.

I am so proud of our team and the thoughtful and caring way they are preparing to welcome students back to school.

My family and I truly appreciate your well wishes and kind thoughts during this time. I will see you soon!


Brian McDonald, Ed.D.