San Ramon Valley High School's Joe Ianora recently announced that he will leave his post as principal to work at a neighboring school. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Ianora will take over as principal at Del Amigo High School.
"The past 8 years have been an incredible journey; the memories and professional experiences I carry with me would not possible without all of you," Ianora said in a letter to students and parents. "While I firmly believe change is positive and a necessary experience to moving forward - it is also difficult to make.... This is a wonderful opportunity for me - one that will enable me to use my counseling and administrative background to its fullest."
Before arriving at SRVHS in 2004, Ianora was a vice principal at Foothill High in Pleasanton and worked as a counselor at Moraga's Campolindo High, Las Lomas High and several Catholic schools in Oakland. He has also taught math, theology and social studies.
"Working with students has always been my primary focus, and (working at Del Amigo) enables me to get back to the things I'm really good at," Ianora said. "This has been a wonderful place for me but it's been 8 years. It's time for somebody new to come in and continue to move the school forward."
Del Amigo's current principal, Lucy Daggett, will take a counseling position at one of the district's high schools.
The district does not have another principal lined up to fill Ianora's spot, but will set up meetings with groups of parents and staff members as they begin the selection process.
"The past 8 years have been an incredible journey; the memories and professional experiences I carry with me would not possible without all of you," Ianora said in his letter. "When I come to campus each morning, I know I will be with family and there is comfort in knowing that whatever the challenge or celebration, we accomplished it together. I could not have asked for a more supportive community as I have traveled through my first principalship. SRVHS students, staff, and parents are incredibly fortunate to have each other."