Former trustee to helm Mountain House High
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jun 06, 2013 | 2509 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — In a unanimous decision, the Lammersville Unified School District School Board voted to hire Ben Fobert as the first principal of Mountain House High School on Wednesday, June 5.

Fobert was a member of the Lammersville board for nearly six years until his resignation May 2.

Superintendent Dale Hansen said Fobert, 37, was his top candidate to oversee the district’s first high school, slated to open in August 2014.

“This guy’s résumé is amazing,” he said before the board meeting. “Ultimately, it is to get the right person in the position. I think we’re going to recommend the right person.”

Hansen said it was rare to find an administrator with experience in pre-K through 12th-grade curriculums and noted that Fobert has been an administrator of both high schools and elementary schools.

“I think Mr. Fobert will fit right in,” Hansen said. “He’s the top candidate with a passion for the community.”

The board approved the superintendent’s recommendation by a 5-0 vote.

“He’s going to be awesome,” said LUSD board member Matthew Balzarini.

Nielson, who was appointed to replace Fobert on the board, said residents had questioned him about how he was going to vote on Fobert’s hiring.

“With a smile on my face — it is a pleasure to send my daughter to a high school run by Ben Fobert,” he said. “I am excited about the future of this school.”

The principal’s job was initially posted Feb 21, but Hansen said the first pool of candidates did not meet the criteria the district was seeking.

When the position was reposted May 13, 10 of the first-round applicants reapplied, along with 10 new applicants, including Fobert, Hansen said.

Before making his recommendation, Hansen said he consulted two law firms to assure that no errors were made if Fobert were hired.

“They believe the process was legitimate,” he said. “I think it’s a clean process, but I’m anticipating questions.”

After the vote, Fobert said he had knowingly resigned from the board to seek the principal’s position.

“It was difficult to give up my influence on the board for possibly not having anything,” he said. “Basically it was a roll of the dice, but I thought it was an important enough roll.”

“When it came down to it, this was too important for the community,” he added. “It needs to go to the right person.”

Fobert told the Tracy Press following his resignation in early May that he wanted time to focus on his family and his job as the principal of Mohr Elementary School in Pleasanton and to study for his doctorate.

On Wednesday, Fobert said he would be leaving his position as elementary principal to become Mountain House High principal.

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June 07, 2013
Congratulations Ben and good job Lammersville! A great choice for a very important (and difficult)job! Chris Cunningham

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