By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
If the principal is your pal, then the Garden Grove Unified School District will have 12 new friends on Sept. 8 when the doors of the schools open.
This year there are fewer students in the district and some pretty strict rules about getting your shots before you open your textbooks.
Enrollment this year is projected at 47,974. The actual 2010-11 enrollment was 48,632.
TDAP vaccinations for whooping cough [pertussis] are a state law requirement for all incoming 7 through 12 grade students. Those who have failed to get the vaccination and provide paperwork proof of it have a 30-day grace period that will last until Oct. 7 in which they must meet the requirement.
This new mandate includes current students, new students and transfer students in both public and private schools.
According to a press release from GGUSD’s public information officer Alan Trudell, “Students in grades 2-12 enrolling in the GGUSD also must provide evidence of a negative Mantoux TB skin test, received after their fourth birthday, or evidence of a clear chest X-ray/radiology report, before attending school.”
There is a lot of shuffling of the principal cards, but here is the guide to who goes where and who is coming in.
Ryan Baker, former assistant principal of Irvine Intermediate School, is the new principal of Violette Elementary School.
Former Violette principal Janet Luya is taking over as principal of Skylark Elementary School in place of Jesus Vazquez, who is the newly named principal of Bryant Elementary School.
Susie Dollbaum, former principal at Barker Elementary School, is now at the helm at Sunnyside Elementary School while Wayne Kelly, former principal at Evans Elementary School, replaces Dollbaum at Barker School.
At Warren Elementary, Eileen Young will be the new principal.
Tyleen Perez departs Monroe Elementary School as acting principal and will become principal at Evans School.
At Eisenhower Elementary School, the new principal is Beth Jones.
Marc Paterson is moving to Bolsa Grande High School as an assistant principal. The new principal at Gilbert School, Jason Shabet, served as a district special education program supervisor before his promotion.
L.J. Blair, a former assistant principal at Bolsa Grande High School, begins the sschool year as principal of Doig Intermediate School.
Jason Bevacqua, former Doig principal, is the new principal of Pacifica High School.
Mark Nguyen from La Quinta is being promoted to principal of Hare continuation school.