The School Board determined in closed session Tuesday night that Monte Vista High School Principal Becky Smith will be reassigned. Smith has been on administrative leave since Oct. 8.
"The board voted to reassign a site administrator," said district spokesman Terry Koehne. The vote was unanimous, 4-0, with Trustee Paul Gardner absent.
"The reassignment is yet to be determined," said Koehne, "and it has prompted a permanent change in leadership at Monte Vista."
Smith, who'd served as principal at the high school since 1996, was put on administrative leave following an anonymous message on the district's Web site that she handled a gun in an inappropriate manner in the presence of a student.
The district soon determined that the gun in question was an Airsoft pistol, which shoots plastic pellets and can be purchased in stores around town.
"An interim principal will continue through the end of the 2009-2010 school year," said Koehne this morning. "In the spring we will start looking for a permanent principal."
"I'm real supportive of the process of getting the best leader we can for that campus," said School Board President Bill Clarkson. He declined to comment about what happened in the closed session.
Duff Danilovich, a retired principal from the district, has been serving as interim principal at Monte Vista since Smith was put on administrative leave. He has been principal at Los Cerros Middle School and assistant principal at California High.
Smith received her education at California State University, Chico, and California State University, East Bay, according to the Monte Vista High Web site. She has a secondary teaching credential, an administrative service credential, and a masters of science in educational administration.
She joined the staff at Monte Vista in 1981 as assistant principal II, became assistant principal I in 1987, and principal in 1996.
According to the Web site, Smith has received the Distinguished School Principal's Award from the California Department of Education for "extraordinary direction, leadership and innovation as Principal of Monte Vista High School"; and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District named her "Administrator of the Year.