Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 4, 2010

Three principals opt for retirement

Two new administrators appointed, one slot remains open

by Glenn Wohltman

Pleasanton Unified School District is doing some personnel rearranging as a result of three principals who are retiring this year.

PUSD Spokeswoman Myla Grasso said one retirement, that of Donlon Elementary Principal Marc Schweitzer, saved a job.

"We have named Barbara Heisser as his replacement. She's been a vice principal at Lydiksen (Elementary) and Donlon," Grasso said, adding that Heisser has held a number of positions at PUSD over the years. "She was scheduled for layoff so she has been moved into the principalship at Donlon."

Steve Maher, principal at Hart Middle School is also retiring, after lengthy service to the school district.

"He's been with our district for about 39 years. He started as a teacher" Grasso said. "That job was posted, interviews were done, the job went to Terry Conde. She is currently a vice principal there. She went against a tough group of candidates, but she got the job."

Amador Valley High School Principal Bill Coupe has opted for retirement as well. Grasso said Coupe came to PUSD after working as a teacher in Livermore and has been principal at AVHS for 11 years.

She said no replacement for Coupe has been named yet, but anticipates an announcement by mid-June.

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