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Some new faces wll be seen as Santa Clarita Valley school year begins

Posted: August 10, 2013 4:41 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2013 4:41 p.m.

Fayanne Bakoo has been promoted to Rio Norte Junior High School

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Parents and students in the Santa Clarita Valley will see a few new faces at schools throughout the SCV at back-to-school time this week.

Newhall School District
In the Newhall School District, Superintendent Marc Winger said a new principal will head up Stevenson Ranch Elementary School. Staci Block, who formerly was a principal in Los Angeles, said she is looking forward to the start of school.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the parents and the staff,” Block said. “I am so excited to have the students back on campus. Our teachers have been working very hard this summer on the Common Core State Standards implementation.”

Meadows Elementary School has a new assistant principal. Kathleen Wilson will work at Meadows and the district office as interim coordinator of instruction.

“I am very pleased to be part of the team,” she said.

Wilson comes to the SCV from the Muroc School District in the Antelope Valley, where she previously worked as a principal.

At the district level, Candy Fleece, the former principal at Stevenson Ranch, has been moved up to the Newhall district office in a professional development support position. She will work with Title 1 sites to bring in the common core state standards.

Saugus Union School District
Superintendent Joan Lucid of the Saugus Union School District said several principals have been moved to new assignments.

Isa DeArmas will move from Rio Vista to Tesoro del Valle; Debbie Bohn will move from Skyblue Mesa to James Foster; and Gina Nolte will move from James Foster to Rio Vista.

DeArmas replaces Mary Post, who retired from Tesoro.

Julie Bogosian will move from the Special Ed Early Start program to Skyblue Mesa.

“The Early Start program is smaller and we’ve assigned it to a special education administrator as part of other duties,” said Lucid.

Emblem Academy will be reopened with Jon Baker taking the helm. He moves from the position of Saugus school district director of personnel.

Chad Hammitt has been hired by Saugus as the new assistant superintendent of human resources. He previously worked in Santa Ana.

Sulphur Springs School District
Superintendent Robert Nolet of the Sulphur Springs School District said the district has one new principal and three new assistant principals.

Cassandra Farley will be the principal at Sulphur Springs Community School.

Stephanie Chicoine will serve as assistant principal at Canyon Springs Community School and Leona Cox Community School; Deb Stilson will serve as assistant principal at Golden Oak Community School and Mint Canyon Community School; and Gretchen Lupica will serve as assistant principal at Mitchell Community School and Pinetree Community School.

At the district level, Josh Randall has been hired as director, professional development/instructional technology/categorical support.

Castaic Union School District
Superintendent James M. Gibson of the Castaic Union School District reported no changes in top-level staff.

Hart district
The William S. Hart Union High School District has hired three new assistant principals.

Two Hart school district teachers, Josh McDonald and Fayanne Bakoo, have been promoted to junior high school assistant principal positions.

McDonald has been assigned to La Mesa Junior High School and has most recently served as a school psychologist at Saugus High School.

Bakoo has been assigned to Rio Norte Junior High School and was most recently the math department chairwoman at West Ranch High School.

Raul D. Olivas, who comes to the Hart district from the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been assigned to Sierra Vista Junior High School.

“Two positions have been restored following state budget cuts several years ago, which caused the district to reduce assistant principal positions,” said Gail Pinsker, public relations officer for the Hart District.

“Proposition 30 funding has provided the opportunity to restore two full assistant principal positions on each of the six junior high schools in the Hart School District. All junior high and high school principals remain in their previous assignments, as well as most assistant principals.”

Pinsker said some assistant principals have new assignments, which include: Catherine Nicholas from Rancho Pico Junior High School moves to Arroyo Seco Junior High School; Pam Thompson moves from Canyon High School to Placerita Junior High School; Chad Powell moves from Arroyo Seco Junior High School/Rio Norte Junior High School to Rancho Pico Junior High School; Sherry Rickenbach moves from Placerita Junior High School/Rancho Pico Junior High School to Canyon High School; and Brenda Bennett moves from Sierra Vista Junior High School to Rancho Pico Junior High School.



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