At the recommendation of Superintendent James Kirk Nicholas, the school board unanimously approved hiring James Yeager as principal of Altamont School during the regular meeting Wednesday night.
Nicholas said Yeager came highly recommended by his employers at Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and Lafayette School District.
Yeager has been the assistant principal of Lafayette’s Burton Valley Elementary School, a K-5 school, for the past year. During his 11 years in education, he has been an assistant principal at high schools, a middle school and elementary schools in Livermore.
“I think I made all the rounds,” Yeager said.
After the unanimous board vote Wednesday, Yeager said, “I am incredibly honored and humbled. I am thankful to be a part of this district and team.”
The 43-year-old Brentwood resident said he drove by the Altamont School site on Wednesday and had the urge to climb the fence and run through the campus.
“I heard wonderful things about the district — the highest-performing
district in San Joaquin County,” he said. “Wonderful and exciting progressive initiatives are being implemented that I’m thrilled to be a part of.”
Altamont School, which is still under construction at 452 W. St. Francis St., is scheduled to open in August.
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