High schools search for principals
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Mar 28, 2013 | 2653 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two local school districts are on the hunt for high school principals.

Lammersville Unified School District in Mountain House is looking for a principal to organize the district’s first high school, which is under construction on Mascot Boulevard, according to Superintendent Dale Hansen.

He said the district is looking for someone who can work closely with the superintendent’s office to prepare and organize the vision of the school and hire its entire staff.

“What this person needs is to have the skills to run a comprehensive high school,” Hansen said. “And what it takes to get it open.”

The high school is slated to open in August 2014 with space for 2,000 students. The principal is expected to work independently for a year before the opening, Hansen said.

According to the job description on the LUSD website, the ideal candidate needs to have spent a minimum of five years teaching and two years in secondary administration and possess at least a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in educational administration, instructional technology or a related field.

The salary range is $99,000 to $121,047. Applications are due April 15.

Hansen said an application screening committee will be organized to review applications before the school board begins visitations and interviews in late April. He said the district hopes to have someone hired by early June.

The superintendent position is also open this year, because Hansen is retiring June 30. School board members voted earlier in March to hire La Quinta-based Leadership Associates to conduct a search. The next meeting on the topic is expected in April.

Tracy Unified School District is also seeking a new principal for West High following the reassignment of Jeff Frase to Duncan Russell and Willow Community Day School on Feb. 14. Frase is serving in the same capacity at those schools.

West’s assistant principal, Troy Brown, is the interim principal at that school.

A permanent principal will be hired “as soon as possible,” according to TUSD spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza.

The school has 2,000 students enrolled.

According to the job description on the TUSD website, the principal will serve as the instructional leader for faculty and staff, and be responsible for the overall management of the school’s operations.

A successful candidate must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, preferably in secondary education, administration or a closely related field.

The salary range for the position is $94,967 to $115,423. The application process closes Friday, April 5.

Cardoza said applications will be reviewed by the district’s human resources department.

Selected candidates will interview with an undetermined panel of district officials, and a finalist group will speak with the superintendent and staff.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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