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Former councilman, Hart Middle School V.P. Matt Campbell takes top post at Las Lomas High

Original post made on May 10, 2010

Matt Campbell, 43, vice principal at Hart Middle School, has been hired as the new principal at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 9, 2010, 10:31 PM

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Val Vista
on May 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

Congratulations Matt! I wish you all the success in Walnut Creek. Pleasanton's loss is Walnut Creek's gain.

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Posted by Kim Polites
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 10, 2010 at 9:36 am

So very happy for you, Matt! Congratulations! Just a bit bummed that you are leaving our District. You are truly one of the GREAT ones!

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Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on May 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

Best wishes to Matt. He is truly a fine educator and human being. Pleasanton will miss you, Matt.

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Posted by Mr. Cheney
a resident of Downtown
on May 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

Congratulations Matt! You will be missed by our schools children and parents alike. It's great to see a fellow classmate succeed and grow in life as someone should when they work for it. Good luck and I hope we can get you back here some how some way in the future.

Mike Cheney
Valley Plumbing

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Posted by Sharrell Michelotti
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Congratulations Matt! So happy for your continued success. We will miss your being here in Pleasanton, but know you will continue your excellent work and positive impact on education as Principal of Las Lomas High School. Good Luck!

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on May 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Ask the students at Foothill High School what they think of him? This appointment was a great day for Pleasanton, its Schools, and its students.

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Posted by Grandmother of Hart Middle School and Foothill Students
a resident of Country Fair
on May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I agree with you Beth. Also ask the students at Hart Middle School. Those of you singing praises most likely have not experienced his demeanor while Vice Principal at both Hart and Foothill. He showed no common sense in dealing with or solving student problems or correcting bad situations. Some bad calls were made by him and had to be corrected by his boss. It is hard to respect a person, who makes poor and unjust decisions with students. I agree, his appointment was a Great Day for Pleasanton, it's Schools and it's students. Thank goodness he is not going to be Principal at Hart. Mr. Maher will be leaving some big shoes to be filled. He is a Great Principal and a caring human being. Mr. Maher will truly be missed. We need more like him!

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on May 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

First we lose Matt from our City Council, and now we lose him from our schools? Matt was a pleasure to work with in both of these roles, and Pleasanton was all the better because of him and his efforts. Thanks Matt and good luck!

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Posted by Jennifer Hosterman
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 10, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I am so proud to acknowledge that I served with you, Matt, on the Pleasanton City Council. I hope some day you will come back to PUSD. In the meantime, my heartiest congrats, and best wishes to you and your family! Do stay in touch, please!


Jennifer Hosterman
City of Pleasanton, CA

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Posted by Kathleen Hart-Hinek
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

Congrats, Matt! You were a great representative of what Thomas S. Hart School is all about. Best of luck in your new position.

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Posted by Jerry Thorne
a resident of Birdland
on May 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

Congratulations Matt! I know you will be a great Principal. Sorry to see you leave PUSD, but the young people of Walnut Creek will certainly benefit from our loss.

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Posted by Grammar Police
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

Maybe "Grandmother of Hart Middle School and Foothill Students" should have spent more time in her English class than in the principal's office. It's hard to respect a person with bad grammar.

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Posted by Che
a resident of Livermore
on May 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

Grammar Police,

Shouldn't you be back in class teaching and earning your pay other than surfing the net. Away with you little girl! Back to the kiddies and you life without need of achievement.

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Posted by How rude!
a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I love how this post starts off by people complementing an amazing man and then the focus gets negative. Good old Pleasanton!

By the way Che, I think Grammar Police should offer you private classes as you seem to have grammar issues as well. Love that you assume they were a teacher. All of the teachers appreciate that you assume an intelligent post was made by an educator, but we know there are other in this community who know how to write correctly besides us.

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Posted by Ha!
a resident of Downtown
on May 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm

How rude!...perhaps you should check your own grammer before casting stones.

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Posted by Amador Parent
a resident of Ironwood
on May 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Matt was a great colleague and will make a great principal. Too bad we did not keep him here. Being a principal is a hard job and one that I think Matt will be great at.
Sometimes it seems you can't please anyone here in Pleasanton! I wish Matt tons of success. The kids at Las Lomas are lucky to have him.
Now maybe we can find a great principal for Amador?

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Posted by No Name
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

I never read blogs and I never think the people who respond to them anonymously are worth their words. With that said I am breaking all my own rules. I was told to look at this blog. So, I have looked and my opinion hasn't changed. I would like to say that a lot of people in this town have too much time on their hands and their time would be better spent raising their children. I have found, as someone who has raised their children in this community and worked in this school district, that the people who are most unhappy with the leaders of the school are the parents who did not get their way. We have rules all through life - some are fair, some are not. A large number of parents in this community refuse to accept responsibility for their children and their actions and they blame school administrators. Sometimes consequences are a good thing. Knowing what your children are doing, reading, texting and looking at on the internet are a much better use of your time. So take some time out from blogging and check in with your kids or go out and serve the community. That's where I will be.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on May 13, 2010 at 6:40 am

No Name, your first sentence specifically tells us we should ignore the rest of your words. In the Foothill mission it states: Character Education is an integral part of our core mission. Integrity, honesty, responsibility, respect, compassion, and self-discipline describe our community of character and are emphasized in every interaction with our educational partners. In my opinion the best way to teach students these characteristics would be for the administrators and faculty to live these principles in practice. Many Administrators and faculty do. In my opinion and in the opinion of a number of parents of students at Foothil High Matt does not. His poor attitude and the negative way he talks to students should disqualify him from being in any school system. His performance should get him terminated not promoted. You will notice from the comments that not many parents of students are offering congratulations. There are mostly only posts from colleagues who are part of the beaurocracy. I believe this is still America and we are allowed to have opinions and to state them. I stand by my comments this is a great day for the Pleasanton, its schools, and its students. I feel sorry for the students at Las Lomas. Beth

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 13, 2010 at 7:48 am

Beth - you could not have said it better!

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Posted by Negative Way He Talks?
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Are you kidding me? The negative way he talks to students? STOP BEING A HELICOPTER PARENT. Wait until your child is in the real world.

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Posted by STOP!!
a resident of Val Vista
on May 14, 2010 at 9:18 am

I agree with some when it is said that there is so much negativity on these boards! I never had any dealings with Matt Campbell, never knew him personally, but hope that he has success in Walnut Creek. He was in the public eye as city councilman and semi-public as VP at Hart recently - it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth that people can't just congratulate him and wish him the best.

Would everyone who is being so critical say it to his face??? That is what I tell my kids...if you wouldn't feel comfortable saying it to someones face, then don't say it at all.

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Posted by Justine Lecco
a resident of Val Vista
on May 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Matt Campbell was a great vice principal for me all through my years at Foothill High School. He was always there to listen to my side of the story as well as support me though everything I did. If it wasn't for Mr. Campbell things could have been a lot different for me in high school. I was not a great student and he was always there to help as well as talk to my teacher, counselors and parents to ensure that i was doing well in my classes. Did i ever have problems with him, of course, but in the end he was a great mentor. Congratulations to Los Lomas high school he will be a great asset to your school, I'm sad that he will be leaving the Pleasanton School district.

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Posted by Amador Graduate
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I went to Amador in the early 90's and remember Mr. Campbell being a hottie!!! He was our substitute back in the day.

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Posted by Rebecca
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

You need to come back and be at Foothill!!! I miss you trying to give me detention!!! Better luck next time!!! Miss you!!! Have a good year!!!

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