New principals for Crittenden, Stevenson schools Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Two new principals are set to start at Mountain View schools. Geoff Chang will head Crittenden Middle School and Tyler Graff will lead Stevenson PACT, said Mountain View Whisman School District officials on Friday.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 16, 2012, 12:12 PM
Posted by Ned, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Great. Two principals with experience in China who perhaps know a little Chinese. How does this help the nearly 50% Hispanic population in this district? They'll stick around for a few years and be off to Palo Alto or Los Altos with the pedigrees they've got.
Posted by PACT Mom, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Ah, Ms. Doyle, there's our resident PACT hater. How is this getting what we want? The previous principal was well loved and we are sad to see her go. I can't even say it's interesting to read your comments because well, they aren't.
Posted by MVWSD employee, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Mar 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm
I am disappointed the district did not hire from within. Many teachers go through a Leadership program with the intent of becoming a principal. It certainly has worked well at Graham where the principal turnover over the past few years was detrimental to the school's success. Maybe no one in the distict was interested.
Posted by Interested Observer , a resident of another community, on Mar 18, 2012 at 1:23 am
Hmmm, MWVSD employee - Cathy Baur, current principal at Monta Loma, graduated from the District's Leadership program as did Kim Thompson, current principal at Graham Middle School. Angela Lyon may have attended that program, too, but I am not positive about that. Cathy Baur has now been promoted to the Asst Supt position. That's a lot of positions having been filled from within the district. I am glad to see that the District has now gone outside the district because, I would assume, the district wants the best fit for each school.
Posted by Interested Observer II, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Mar 18, 2012 at 6:55 am
District appointments are based on favoritism and little more. Things may change when the Asst. Supes Totter and Lairon retire (with trumped up pensions most likely), but I doubt it. I do think internal hires do much better and show more commitment. The record has shown that they stick around much longer. Princeton and Harvard graduates won't be happy here for long, but at least they won't have to work under the former Asst. Supes.
Posted by Elle, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Mar 19, 2012 at 7:00 am
Karen Robinson has been anointed to become Assistant Superintendent to replace her old Whisman friend Totter. Just like Goldman was anointed by Ghysels. Bauer replaces her buddy Lairon. It's all about control at the top among a tight circle. Yet the new hires have the more prestigious credentials. That's how it works in Mountain View.
Posted by Irked, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2013 at 11:47 am
Why are local principles being replaced by East Coasters? Two from New York, and one from Massachusetts, all in the space of a year?
Seriously, Craig Goldman can't find local candidates? I know for a fact that a local, qualified, enthusiastic and capable candidate from Huff was passed over for the current choice, from New York. I thought this was odd when I only knew about the Huff choice, but now I see there's a pattern.