By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
After months of work, digging, routing, drilling and cement coating, and placing new principals, the Garden Grove Unified School District is ready to roll up the school buses and open the classroom doors.
There were eight elementary campuses under construction throughout the summer, three of which will be housing other schools in the 2012-2013 school year.
It was a race to get the projects finished.
“We’ve had construction crews working overtime and on weekends,” said Stuart Moe, director of facilities for GGUSD, “As with any construction project, you run into some hitches.”
There are going to be 18, count ‘em, 18 new principals in the GGUSD. There is a lot of shuffling and switching going on.
According to a press release from Alan Trudell, GGUSD’s public information officer, there are going to be 15 elementary, 2 intermediate, and one high school under new leadership as of September 6.
Angie Baltierra, from Whittier City School District, is the new principal of Simmons Elementary School.
The new principal of Skylark Elementary School is Sandi Ishii. Before her new appointment, she served as supervisor of the district’s GATE program.
Valerie Shedd, from Lawrence Elementary School, takes the lead at Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary School, and Cesar Loya fill the vacancy at Lawrence School. Loya comes to the GGUSD from Capistrano Unified School District.
Don Terreri moves from Crosby to Rosita Elementary School
Melanie Barrera moves from Rosita to Marshall Elementary School as principal. Jennifer Carter leaves Marshall for Patton Elementary School.
Kristine Levenson is the new principal of Crosby School.
Michelle Askew moves to Enders Elementary School from Carrillo Elementary School.
Kim Kroyer, former principal of Excelsior Elementary School, moves to Carillo.
Sara Mershon has been promoted to principal at Excelsior.
Lorrie Klevos is the new principal of Faylane Elementary School, following Thorsten Hegberg who moves to Santiago High School as an assistant principal.
The new principal at Hill Elementary School is Erin Lara. She fills the position vacated after Mike Kennedy was named the new principal of Doig Intermediate.
Lisa Chavez moves to Riverdale Elementary School from Paine Elementary School. George Martinez is Chavez’ successor at Paine.
At the intermediate level, Margaret Feliciani begins the 2012-13 school year as principal of McGarvin Intermediate School.
Feliciani follows Lila Jenkins, who leaves McGarvin Intermediate to assume responsibilities as principal of Santiago High School.