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Hart district hires 2 principals

Hunter will head Sequoia, Frias Golden Valley

Posted: May 24, 2008 2:11 a.m.
Updated: July 25, 2008 5:04 a.m.
 
The Hart school district has selected two of its own to rise in the ranks to principal positions at Golden Valley High School and Sequoia Charter School.

Salvador Frias Jr., who has been an assistant principal at Golden Valley for the past two years, has been named the school's new principal, replacing founding principal Jacque Snyder, who is retiring this June. Kathy Hunter, program specialist for the district, will take the helm at Sequoia.

The appointments were confirmed by the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board at its meeting Wednesday.

Frias came to the Hart district in 2002 as an assistant principal at Sierra Vista Junior High. He also served as assistant principal at Canyon High School from 2004 to 2006. Before coming to the Hart district, he was assistant principal and then principal at Mojave High School, and he has also been a teacher, coach and athletic director in previous assignments.

"We really believe Sal is the perfect person to fill those big shoes being left by Jacque Snyder," said Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human resources and student services. "I think he will be a wonderful addition as a principal in our district. You can't help but like him with that big smile."

Frias holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from California State University, Chico, and earned his master's degree in administrative education from CSU, San Bernardino. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.

With his wife and infant son by his side, Frias told the board that all of the great things that Snyder has started at Golden Valley will continue.

Hunter has been with the Hart district from 1998 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2006, as a special education teacher. She has served as a program specialist in the Hart district since 2006.

As the new principal at Sequoia, Hunter replaces Lori Andrews, who is moving on to a district office assignment.

Hunter holds a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in psychology, and a master's degree in school counseling, plus an administrative credential. In her current position, Hunter has offered support, workshops and mentoring to special education teachers across the district.

Sequoia is a small charter school which serves students with severe emotional disturbances and others who do not function well in a large school environment.

"The Hart district is very fortunate to have Kathy Hunter move into this position," Neal said. "She knows special education law like an attorney, and she truly cares about special education students. She is excited about transforming Sequoia into a model special education school."

Hunter told the board that her new position is going to be a challenge, but that she is looking forward to it.

Both positions become effective on July 1.

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