School board members unanimously voted to hire Leyla Benson, an executive director of human resources in the Mount Diablo Unified School District, to take over for former Associate Superintendent Eric Goddard, who resigned in October last year. She started her new role on Monday, Jan. 22.
As the head of personnel and human resources, Benson will will oversee hiring new teachers and staff and bringing new recruits up to speed, along with managing contracts and agreements with the district's employee unions. Her role in Mount Diablo closely mirrors the associate superintendent position, albeit with a much smaller pool of part- and full-time employees at MVLA
Benson had served as a principal at several East Bay high schools, and previously worked as an English teacher at Pittsburg High School, according to a district press release. She graduated from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, where she received her teaching credentials, and worked in television news and public relations before switching careers.
"Leyla Benson (is) a tested educational leader with strong diplomatic skills and boundless energy," Superintendent Jeff Harding said in a statement.
Forum on RV-dwellers
An educational forum about the increasing population of vehicle dwellers in Mountain View will be held by the League of Women's Voters on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
The forum aims to teach the public more about the people living in vehicles, why they do so, and the impact of vehicle dwellers on city services and neighborhoods. Scheduled speakers include the executive director of the Community Service Agency, Tom Myers, Assistant to the City Manager Kimberly Thomas and Sgt. Wahed McGee of the Mountain View Police Department.
The forum will be held at the Mountain View Senior Center in Multipurpose room A. Space is limited, and attendees are asked to register at vehicle-dwellers-mv.eventbrite.com.
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