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School leadership changes as three principals retire

Amador Valley High, Hart Middle, Donlon Elementary school chiefs leaving

Major leadership changes are under way in Pleasanton schools as three principals retire and a vice principal moves to another school district.

School district 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."

Conde shared vice principal responsibilities with Matt Campbell, who worked half-time there and half-time at Pleasanton Middle School. Campbell has been hired as the new principal at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

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

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

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