Former California High School principal Mark Corti has headed back to the office, agreeing to become interim principal at Benicia High School a little more than a year after he retired from the San Ramon campus following 15 years at the helm.
"We enthusiastically welcome Mark Corti as the interim principal of Benicia High School," Benicia school superintendent Charles Young said in a statement on his district's website last week. "Mark retired in 2014, but based on his tireless energy and passion for the profession, decided to return in the role of interim principal."
Corti, 63, has spent nearly four decades in education, many of which in the San Ramon Valley.
He worked 17 years as a teacher, including as a PE teacher at Pine Valley Middle School and later a teacher on special assignment, before beginning a five-year stint as assistant principal at San Ramon Valley High in 1994.
Corti was hired as Cal High principal in 1999, working there until retiring from the school at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
He is set to serve as Benicia High's interim principal through next June, according to Young.
Corti is succeeding one of his former Cal High assistant principals, Damon Wright, who resigned from Benicia High in June to accept the principal position at American Canyon High School -- located in Wright's hometown of American Canyon.
Wright worked as a school psychologist at Cal High before being named assistant principal there in 2009. He left to become Benicia High principal in July 2012.
Benicia district officials posted the high school principal position and conducted interviews for a permanent replacement this summer, but they decided it was best to hire Corti as an interim principal for this school year and restart the hiring process in the coming months, Young said.
They plan to begin recruiting for a permanent principal in the spring, he added.