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August 2, 2013
San Juan Unified names new leaders at seven campuses

The San Juan Unified School District announced a series of administrator changes today, naming seven new principals - five hired internally and two from other districts.

The district also announced that Mesa Verde High School Principal Rick Messer will serve as acting assistant superintendent of secondary schools, a job not expected to be made permanent until a district superintendent is in place.

Superintendent Glynn Thompson has been on administrative leave since mid-May as district consultants investigate whether he created a hostile work environment for some administrators. General Davie Jr., a former superintendent for San Juan, was brought on board last month to run the district while Thompson is on leave.

The academic year starts Aug. 15. The district has 66 campuses.

Here is a rundown of the principal appointments:

- Arden Middle School Vice Principal Jeff Banks has been named principal of the campus, replacing Jamey Schrey, who was promoted to the district office as director of professional learning and innovation.

- Jim Walters, interim principal of Twin Lakes Elementary School since January, has been named principal. He replaces Christine Ohlinger, who retired in January.

- Mirna Pelayo-Colson, former vice principal of the Thomas Edison Language Institute, was appointed principal of Cameron Ranch Elementary. She replaces Theresa Altieri, who retired last month.

- Teresa Cummings, who has served as assistant principal and site instruction coordinator at Ethel Baker Elementary in the Sacramento City school district, was named principal of Pasadena Elementary. She replaces Patricia Lennie, who retired at the end of the school year.

- El Camino Fundamental High School Vice Principal Shelley Friery has been named the school principal, replacing Jill Spears, who plans to retire this summer.

- Nancy Miller, who served as an assistant principal in the Vacaville Unified School District, was named principal of Earl LeGette Elementary School.

- Mark Siewert, former principal of Earl LeGette Elementary, was named principal for Andrew Carnegie Middle School.

- Mesa Verde Vice Principal Jose Reyes is running Mesa Verde until an acting principal can be appointed.

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About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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