San Juan district names seven new principals

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 11:23 am

The San Juan Unified School District announced a series of administrative changes Friday, naming seven new principals – five hired internally and two from other districts.

The academic year for the 66-campus district starts Aug. 15. Here is a rundown of the appointments:

• Arden Middle School Vice Principal Jeff Banks has been named principal of the campus, replacing Jamey Schrey, who was promoted to the district office as director of professional learning and innovation.

• Jim Walters, interim principal of Twin Lakes Elementary School since January, has been named principal. He replaces Christine Ohlinger, who retired in January.

• Mirna Pelayo-Colson, former vice principal of the Thomas Edison Language Institute, was appointed principal of Cameron Ranch Elementary. She replaces Theresa Altieri, who retired last month.

• Teresa Cummings, who has served as assistant principal and site instruction coordinator at Ethel Baker Elementary in the Sacramento City school district, was named principal of Pasadena Elementary. She replaces Patricia Lennie, who retired at the end of the school year.

• El Camino Fundamental High School Vice Principal Shelley Friery has been named the school principal, replacing Jill Spears, who plans to retire this summer.

• Nancy Miller, who served as an assistant principal in the Vacaville Unified School District, was named principal of Earl LeGette Elementary School.

• Mark Siewert, former principal of Earl LeGette Elementary, was named principal of Andrew Carnegie Middle School.

• Mesa Verde Vice Principal Jose Reyes is running Mesa Verde until an acting principal can be appointed.

The district also announced that Mesa Verde High School Principal Rick Messer will serve as acting assistant superintendent of secondary schools, a job not expected to be made permanent until a district superintendent is in place.

Superintendent Glynn Thompson has been on administrative leave since mid-May as district consultants investigate whether he created a hostile work environment for some administrators.

General Davie Jr., a former superintendent for San Juan, was brought on board last month to run the district while Thompson is on leave.

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