Acting Pasadena City Manager Cynthis Kurtz (left) and PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald (right). [Courtesy photos]

Acting Pasadena City Manager Cynthia Kurtz and Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald issued a joint statement Friday afternoon.

“A lot happened after the incident at San Rafael Elementary School. There were many difficult conversations around the city and in the district that brought up pain points and areas where we can and need to grow. Now is the time to look to the future and put into practice what we have all learned together.

Over the past week, as Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District and Acting City Manager, we have met and had long, candid conversations to discuss the interests of the people we serve. Above all, we believe that we must work together every day to serve the children, youth, families, employees and residents of our great community. We rely on each other as institutions and as leaders.

Our goal is to affirm the strong relationships between the City and its first responders and the District, its schools, students, employees and families. We will work together to improve communication and collaboration between agencies and put in place better mechanisms to prevent and quickly resolve any issues in the future.

One of our shared goals is to make sure the whole community knows that children, educators and staff are safe at school. In this regard, the Pasadena Police Department will continue to meet its obligation to respond to all calls for service. Officers often approach these calls with many unknown circumstances and it is essential that the police department and the district integrate communications to minimize uncertainty.

Our common goal is civility. We will continue to foster an atmosphere of civility, collegiality, tolerance and reasoned debate, seeing our diversity as a strength that adds dynamism and creativity to our perspectives, deliberations and decisions.

The District and the City often have to deal with delicate situations that impact the lives of our students, employees and residents. We affirm our commitment to respect the personal dignity of all students, employees, community members and residents. Each of us, and those we serve, deserve respect and courtesy and this should underpin every interaction and communication.

We are privileged to serve a vibrant and diverse community with rich perspectives.

We know it is imperative to maintain a consistent line of communication on a day-to-day basis that will continue to work even in times of crisis.

We are committed to our entire community to keep moving forward and working together.

Cynthia Kurtz, Acting City Manager, City of Pasadena

Brian McDonald, Ed.D., Superintendent, Pasadena Unified School District »