San Lorenzo Valley Schools: A principal in the middle
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The four schools in San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District open the school year Monday, Aug. 25, with a new middle school principal and several new teachers.

SLV High School

Three new teachers and a new guidance counselor will greet students returning to the high school.

Enrollment is expected to be 875, a decrease from last year’s 920.

Joining the faculty are David Grant, construction, and Karen Lemon, video production, both under the countywide regional occupational program, and Daniel Lingenfelter, music and choir. The new counselor is Anabel Rorden.

Principal Michael Arredondo said a major duty will be to consult with architects for the new high school-middle school library to be built between the campuses.

SLV Middle School

Christopher Schiermeyer is the new occupant of the principal’s office, hired in July to succeed longtime district employee Chris Mercer, who retired. (Mercer immediately was hired as interim principal at highly regarded Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz while a permanent leader is found.)

Schiermeyer comes from Moreno Valley, near Riverside, where he was principal of the 1,600-student Sunnymeade Middle School.

The school expects to welcome 515 students, nearly identical to last year’s enrollment of 517.

High-school Spanish is a new class for eighth-graders this year, along with a directed studies program to improve the academic standing of seventh- and eighth-graders and a half-hour advisory period on 22 days to focus on life, social and academic skills.

Newly arrived faculty members include Ian Goss and Claire Hasckett, both sixth-grade teachers; Cheryl Matthews-Fullerton, art teacher; Allison Birkhead, math teacher; Amy Anderson, language arts teacher; Cheryl Martin, special education; Donna Cavaille, Spanish; and Cheryl Morris, library media specialist.

SLV Elementary School

Two new teachers and playground improvements will greet students returning to the 60-year-old school.

Lani Egbert, a fourth-grade teacher, and Susan Eisenberg, a kindergarten teacher, join a new office assistant, Shelley Nell.

The school expects 559 students, down from 581 last year.

A new Early Intervention for School Success grant of $50,000 will finance a program to improve math success in kindergarten through second grade.

Boulder Creek Elementary School

Four new teachers join the faculty at a school where all roofs were replaced over the summer.

Principal Lynn Chappell said the new arrivals are third-grade teachers Judy Billings and Tina Andes, transfers from the middle school; second-grade teacher Megan Muirhead; and kindergarten teacher Nora Baer.

The school is expecting slightly fewer than last year’s student total of 464. Enrollment was at 456 this week.

SLV Charter School program

The district’s eight charter schools, including alternative schools and home-schooling programs, have a new principal, Jay Dunlap, former principal of Aviation High School in Oakland. It’s a new position created when Eric Schoffstall resigned as district personnel director-director of alternative education.

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