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District appoints new principal for Sierra Vista

Former assistant principal at Hart promoted to top job at junior high school

Posted: April 16, 2009 12:52 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2009 6:30 a.m.

Mark Crawford is the new principal of Sierra Vista Junior High School.

 
Hart High School Assistant Principal Mark Crawford was appointed to principal of Sierra Vista Junior High School by the William S. Hart Union High School District board Wednesday as the junior high's current Principal Randy Parker, prepares for retirement this year.

Crawford has has been involved with local school districts for the last 11 years, with the last six years at Hart High School. While at the Newhall high school, Crawford oversaw a range of programs, including athletics, special education and the student government.

"What impresses us the most, he's truly a genuine person," Rochelle Neal, Hart District assistant superintendent of human resources and student services, said.

The staff at Hart High School will miss Crawford, Neal said.

"Their loss is certainly Sierra Vista's gain," she said.

Crawford addressed the board briefly, thanking the district for their decision to appoint him as principal.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity," he said. He officially becomes principal July 1.

Crawford's promotion comes as Parker, 60, prepares to end a 31-year career in the Hart district.

He served at Saugus High School before spending the last decade at Sierra Vista.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, the board approved changes to class schedules at Placerita Junior High School and Saugus High School to accommodate for teacher collaboration.

For a second year, Placerita will offer block scheduling on three of their current minimum days. Under block scheduling, class periods are spread over the minimum days, allowing for an hour of teaching for each period.

Instead of packing six abbreviated periods into a half day of school, Placerita officials moved to use block scheduling as a way to benefit student learning.

At Saugus High School, a minute will be added to every period every day except for Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, to be known as Planning Wednesday, the school will have a special schedule to make room for a staff meeting from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

The shift to Planning Wednesday reduces the number of half days from 22 to 12, but does not reduce instructional time for students, Saugus High School Principal Bill Bolde said.

The ultimate hope is that Planning Wednesdays will benefit teachers' efforts to work together.

"When an entire staff can't get together ever, you just don't get that same kind of benefit," Bolde said.

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