Similar to last year at this time, principals and other administrators in the Mt. Diablo school district appear to be shuffling positions.
Some moves are based on retirements, resignations and promotions. Two are the result of principals at a pair of the lowest-achieving schools in the district and state stepping aside to make way for an $11.2 million School Improvement Grant application.
Others are for unknown reasons, attributed to finding the right “fit” for each school.
Here are the board appointments made during the past month:
CLAYTON VALLEY HS PRINCIPAL: Sue Brothers (to replace retiring Principal Gary Swanson)
COLLEGE PARK PRINCIPAL: Paul Gengler (to replace retiring Principal Barbara Oaks)
DIRECTOR OF FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES: Anna Fisher (to replace retiring director Kathleen Corrigan)
ADMINISTRATOR OF SCHOOL SUPPORT: Linda Hutcherson (to replace retiring administrator Patt Hoellwarth)
MEASURE C CONSTRUCTION MANAGER II: Richard Jackson (new position given to former Maintenance and Ops trade supervisor)
VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL: Dr. Margaret Norris (newly created position to accommodate additional students as a result of closing Glenbrook Middle School)
DISTRICT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES: Jonathan Roselin (replacing Dr. Margaret Norris, who transferred to Pleasant Hill Middle School)
OLYMPIC CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Marc Lopes (replacing Principal Leyla Benson, who resigned June 15; and former Principal Cheryl LeBeouf, whose previous resignation was changed to retirement June 14)
AYERS ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: Sherry Brauer (replacing Principal Spoogmai Habibi)
The following four high school vice principals were appointed without an announcement about the specific campus to which they will be assigned:
HIGH SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL: Jose Espinoza
HIGH SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL: Aline Lee
HIGH SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL: Julene Robert
HIGH SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL: Julie Parks
Lee was the student services coordinator at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, Robert was a student services coordinator at Concord High and Parks was a student services coordinator at Mt. Diablo High.
It is likely that more appointments will be made in the next few months.
Here are some of the openings to be filled: Principal of Meadow Homes Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Foothill Middle School, Oak Grove Middle School and Pleasant Hill Middle School.
Do you believe the district is involving the community enough in its decisions about adminstrative appointments?