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Sierra Vista principal to retire

Coach, teacher was at junior high for 10 years

Posted: April 14, 2009 1:14 a.m.
Updated: April 14, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Randy Parker

 

As Sierra Vista Junior High School Principal Randy Parker prepares to kick back into retirement, officials in the William S. Hart Union High School District are set to appoint a new principal for the school Wednesday.

Parker spent 31 years at the Hart district, working at Saugus High School before serving as principal of Sierra Vista. He was principal at Sierra Vista for the last 10 years.

"The staff here is wonderful," he said. "I've had the chance to hire about 90 percent of them. I know that they're incredibly caring people. Not being able to be around them on a regular basis is hard."

Hart board members will appoint Parker's replacement during Wednesday's meeting.

"I am passing the torch to someone else," he said. "It's a good healthy place for kids and it's a good healthy place for adults."

Upon retiring, Parker plans to spend more time with his family, he said.

Parker took his first teaching job in 1969 as the JV baseball coach for Crespi High School in Encino.

He decided to make the jump to the growing Hart district in the late 70s, a decision he calls the "best single career move."

Parker, 60, spent 20 years at Saugus High School as a science teacher and coach for the freshman football team and track team, he said.

By 1982, Parker became athletic director and moved to an administrative role as a way to impact kids in a bigger way, he said.

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