The San Ramon Valley Unified School District's (SRVUSD) board of education recently approved six new administrators for six schools. The new principal and assistant principal positions will fill existing vacancies at Dougherty Valley, San Ramon Valley and California high schools, Windemere Ranch and Stone Valley middle schools and Green Valley Elementary School.
"The impetus is strictly to fill existing vacancies caused by retirements or people securing new jobs and advancements elsewhere, and/or moving out of the area. They do not represent an increase in administration," said Superintendent Steven Enoch.
Stone Valley Middle School will also welcome a new assistant principal. Elizabeth Calhoon, who taught at California and at Dougherty Valley high schools, brings a vast array of technology expertise to the position as a presenter for the Google Academy. Having been a vice principal at Granada High School in Livermore, Calhoon always aspired to return to the San Ramon Valley where she began her teaching career.
Scott Olsterholdt, a former business, computer technology and physical education/health teacher in Martinez, will be San Ramon Valley High's second assistant principal. Most recently, Olsterholdt was employed by the Benicia Unified School District as the career technical education coordinator where he headed the Green Academy, a pilot project with WestED.
"Scott's leadership in vocational education will enhance and support the development of the (career tech education) program and classroom technology applications at San Ramon Valley High School," a release read.
Although San Ramon Valley High is expected to see a drop in student enrollment for the 2011-12 school year, Enoch said the school still has the same staffing requirements and will not cut administration in favor of adding classes.
"We thought about it but with close to 2,000 students it did not seem appropriate. The enrollment still generates the current staffing level for support based on our existing staffing practices. If the school continues to shrink, the staffing allocation will be revisited," he said.
Green Valley Elementary School's new principal comes from Los Alamos, NM where she has been principal of Los Alamos Middle School for the past three years. Donna Grimm worked closely with the community to move from a "junior high" model of education to a "middle school" model. Her most recent achievement was working to pass a bond to fund the construction of a new middle school.
Jason Reimann, former principal of El Cerrito High School in western Contra Costa County, will replace Denise Hibbard as principal of Dougherty Valley High School. Reimann began his career at a Los Angeles high school where he taught English for four years. He later moved to San Francisco to become the
Education Resource Manager for Job Corps on Treasure Island where he focused on development of curriculum in Math, Reading and ELD.
Christy Glaser, a fourth grade teacher at Greenbrook Elementary School, will become the new assistant principal at Windemere Ranch Middle School this summer, after acting as a grade level leader, school Site Council representative and member of the San Ramon Valley Education Association's bargaining team. Glaser aspires to be a principal and sees her work at Windemere as " broadening her experience and understanding of both leadership and curriculum to prepare her for a future principalship."
Former Livermore High School Assistant Principal Dayna Taylor will reprise her administrative role at California High School this fall after teaching social studies at the high school level and taught history, English and ELD in middle school. Taylor said she is excited to work in an "academically rigorous" district.
The six administrators will officially start their new jobs in late July or early August, depending on the position.