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Mohr getting a new principal?

Original post made by Get the facts on Jun 13, 2013

I have heard through the grapevine that The Mohr Elementary principalship is open. Does anyone know what happened to their fine principal, Ben Forbet?

Comments (14)

Posted by Mohr parent, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Mr. Fobert took the job in Mountain House as the principal of their new high school

Posted by MrsJJHH, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:03 am

Yet another principal leaving the district this year?! It''s an epidemic.

Either Pleasanton has such a superb reputation that our principals are being head-hunted: or it is currently not a happy school district in which to be an administrator.

Posted by concerned parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

15 schools, 6 principals leaving in 1 year. I'm going with not happy!

Posted by Stakeholder, a resident of Avila
on Jun 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

Have you talked to people who work at the sites at all this year? They're up in arms about what's going on at the district. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) You better believe people are not happy. Bad times are on their way for our students.

Posted by teacher, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Bad times aren't on the way for your students. The teachers will continue to teach and use professionalism at all times. But, Stakeholder, you are right in that teachers are not happy with what is going on at the district office.

Posted by parent, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

Teacher, I understand what you are saying about you and your colleagues continuing to do the best for our children and for that I am grateful. However, when teacher morale is low, that affects everything. As parents we cant change the district leadership. What are you and your colleagues doing about it? Surely this is why you belong to a union! Please do what you can for the sake of our chldren.

Posted by Get the facts, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

"15 schools, 6 principals leaving in 1 year."

Two are retiring after long careers, and this has been known for a long time. Two had been here a while (six and eight years, I believe), and possibly simply seeking a change. One moved much closer to where he lives. The other was just one year, I have no idea what is happening there.

So take out the move and the retirees, it's only three somewhat unusual vacancies, not that big a change. Most years Pleasanton has between one and three principal changes, probably typical for a district this size. We have been very lucky to have Hansen and Whitney for such a long time, that is the aberration.

Posted by resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

To 'parent', you said "As parents we cant change the district leadership."

Wrong! As parents and voters in the community you elected the school board members who are responsible for this. Two of the school board members that support whatever the administration wants have their terms up in 2014. If you re-elect them, expect the problem to continue. You have the power to change this by voting for candidate(s) that will not be puppets for the administration.

The teachers have no control over this. This is in control by the school board which the community elects.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Mountain house high school slated to open school year 2014.

Posted by teacher, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

parent-There is a lot going on behind the scenes that you aren't aware of. The teachers in this district are actively doing what we can. It is offensive though that you think because teacher morale is low that we would take it out on your kids. While there certainly are some teachers that probably would do that, a high majority of teachers in this district continue to teach to the best of our ability regardless of everything that has been coming at us the past few years. We are taking action not only for the sake of your kids but for the sake of us, too. Teachers need support just as much as your students do.

There is a lot that you can do though so please don't assume that the only change can be made with the teachers. The school board listens to community members just as much, if not more, than it listens to the teachers. If you have something you are concerned about, please take the time to reach out to the school board members and let them know. I can assure you that they have heard from the teachers, so it is time that the community also voices concerns.

Posted by parent, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Thanks for that teacher. I will contact the board directly. I did not mean to imply that teachers would take things out on our children. But I know that in times of low morale, things are more challenging for all- I remember the first parcel tax attempt!
I am glad you are doing your part- we parents support you.
Have a great summer.

Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jun 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff for containing unverified or personal information.)

Posted by What are the teachers unhappy about? , a resident of Avignon
on Jul 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm

If I am going to the school board to talk about teacher morale I would need to know some specifics.

Posted by Wah, a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Teachers and teacher unions have been claiming low morale for decades. It's not new, it is not special to Pleasanton, but they do use the claim of low morale to attack administrators.

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