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Time: 8 PM – 11 PM
Location: Monterey Conference Center
May 9
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Welcome to Monterey Peninsula USD

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is pleased to welcome new and returning students and families to 2018-19 school year. There are so many exciting things occurring at MPUSD, and I hope you and your family are ready for the incredible year ahead.
We ended last school year on a high note with the passage of Measure I, the $213 million school facilities bond, which allows us to provide critical repairs for 21st century classrooms. Thank you for supporting Measure I, and for your continued confidence in the district, your child’s school, our teachers and staff to prepare your student for academic success.
This summer was very productive. Many of our teachers and staff continued to build their capacity by participating in various professional development opportunities throughout June and July. We had approximately 18 school facilities projects underway that will enhance your child’s learning experience.
Our committed team of teachers, staff, and administrators have an outstanding year planned. We continue the rollout of our Reimagining Secondary Teaching and Learning Initiative, which features International Baccalaureate in our Monterey community, Project-Based Learning and NewTech Network in our Seaside community, Early College and Career in our Marina Community. We also have a strong system of social and emotional supports in place that features support staff at all school sites. We will continue Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and enhance our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support that addresses all aspects of student learning, including academic, behavior and social and emotional issues.
My Cabinet team and I will be visiting school sites regularly throughout the school year. We look forward to making a personal connection with you and your student, and partnering with families and the community to ensure every school and every student succeeds.
If I can be of help to your family during the school year, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 831.645.1200 or email to
Respectfully yours,
PK Diffenbaugh

What's New


A vacancy of the Board of Trustees was created by the resignation of Dr. Jonathan Hill on December 19, 2019. Veronica Miramontes was provisionally appointed to complete the term expiring November 30, 2020. Unless a petition calling for a special election, containing a sufficient number of signatures, is filed in the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the date of the provisional appointment, it shall become an effective appointment.

Negotiations Updates with the Monterey Bay Teachers Association

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District values all employees and remains steadfast in its commitment to working with our bargaining units to find common ground. Together with MBTA and CSEA we share the goal of retention of hard working teachers and staff. Currently the district is in negotiations with the Monterey Bay Teachers Association. Provided on this web landing page is a summary of communications updates to staff.

MPUSD's Proposed Staff Housing Information

Due to the high cost of housing in the Monterey County and not enough supply, MPUSD's ability to attract and retain qualified teachers and staff has been a tremendous challenge and is driving the exodus of existing staff to seek more affordable housing elsewhere. Solving this critical issue will require creativity, planning, and resources. The school district is currently exploring teacher staff housing. Learn more about what has been presented to our Board of Education.