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Hart District names three new AP's for '09-'10

Posted: May 7, 2009 3:31 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2009 7:21 p.m.
Three schools in the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District will be welcoming new assistant principals for the 2009-10 school year, following action at the May 6 meeting of the district's Governing Board.

Francine dos Remedios, who currently is a consulting teacher in the district's Peer Assistance Review program, will move into the assistant principal position at Placerita Junior High School, replacing Sharon Rathbun who retired earlier this year.

Jason d' Autremont, who has been a special education teacher at Hart High School since 2003, will be the new assistant principal at Hart. He replaces Mark Crawford, who has been promoted to the principal position at Sierra Vista Junior High School.

Rich Bahr will be the new assistant principal at Saugus High School, filling the position he has held on an interim basis since last September.

All three of the new assistant principals have participated in the district's summer administrative internship program, which allows upcoming administrators to gain experience by supervising a summer school program under the guidance of the school's regular principal.

Dos Remedios first came to the Hart District as a math teacher at Valencia High School, where she taught from 1997 until she was tapped for the PAR program in 2004. She served as an administrative intern at Hart and Saugus high schools during the past two summers. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mount St. Mary's College and a master's degree and administrative credential from California State University, Northridge.

"Francine is outstanding in her knowledge, her experience, her love for students, her interaction with parents, her ability to influence a staff and her work in site leadership positions," commented Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human resources. "She is well qualified for the position of assistant principal."

D'Autremont has been a special education teacher at Hart High School since 2003, Special Education Department chair since 2005, and a varsity football coach from 2002 to 2008. He was an administrative intern at West Ranch High School in 2008 and at Golden Valley High School in summer 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies from California State University, Northridge.

"Jason has excelled in every aspect of educational leadership, from working with difficult students and helping them to achieve success, to providing excellent leadership and role modeling to his department," Neal noted. "His rapport with students, parents and teachers is exemplary."

Rich Bahr spent 15 years as a teacher in Castaic and Hart District schools before serving as an administrative substitute and then interim assistant principal at Saugus High School. He was the summer school coordinator for West Ranch and Valencia high schools in 2006 and 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from The Master's College and his administrative credential from National University.

"Rich Bahr has been a consummate professional teacher, coach and athletic director," Neal said. "He is a leader of his peers and shows extraordinary promise as a school and district administrator."

All three positions will be effective July 1.


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