Pleasanton schools fill principal, vice principal posts

Harvest Park Middle School, Mohr Elementary get new leaders

Ken Rocha has been named principal of Harvest Park Middle School, succeeding Jim Hansen who has been promoted to principal of Amador Valley High School. Rocha has been vice principal at Hart Middle School.

At the same time, Ben Fobert, a vice principal at Amador, has been selected principal of Mohr Elementary School. He succeeds Mohr's principal Robin Sehrt, who has accepted a position in another district.

Lisa Hague will move from a teaching assignment at Pleasanton Middle School to the vice principal position there, filling the vacancy created

when Aileen Parsons accepted a principalship in Dublin.

Myla Grasso, spokeswoman for the Pleasanton school district, said both Rocha and Fobert will begin their assignments immediately, although the school board must formally approve alll of the the new appointments. That is expected to come before the board at its meeting next month.

Grasso said that discussions about filling other vacancies are under way.

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Posted by Amador teacher
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

We'll miss you Ben Fobert! It has been a pleasure!

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Posted by George Hefner
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

Congratulations Ben and Ken. I know you'll both do a great job!

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Posted by Congratulations!
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Congratulations Mrs. Hague! It has been a pleasure having my children in your classroom.

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Posted by PMS grad
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Congratulations Mr. Rocha and Ms. Hague!

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Posted by Greenroad resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hopefully the new principal of Harvest Park Middle School will have some respect for the residents of Pleasanton Valley area and clean up the mess(unbelievable)on the Greenwood Road side of the School. It is an insult to the residents of Pleasanton Valley and Pleasanton to continually allow this eyesore to continue over the entire school year. Trash, weeds etc to be such a mess. It has been a mess for many years and not sure what can be done to fix the problem. I know that the city cannot get involved in school property but if the school district can't abide by the standards of the City of Pleasanton they should at least contact the school district and request that they abide by the standards that are in place for the city. The signage on the fences (not allowed anywhere else in Pls) that they continually allow even though the city is firm about any signage in the city is a flagrant disregard for the signage rules that apply to all other areas of pleasanton.

Please clean up the mess and respect the the residents of Pleasanton Valley.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm

What a sweet and positive comment from Greenroad resident. After you seek anger management you might want to direct your comments in a more positive method. Have you ever brought this issue up to the School District, Harvest Park administration, or the City of Pleasanton. I have always found Mr. Hansen to be very receptive and helpful during his many years as principal at Harvest Park. Sometimes you get more with sugar than salt. You are very insulting.

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Posted by Hello Greenwood Resident
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Aug 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Hello Greenwood Resident! Have you missed the fact that PUSD is in a severe budget crisis right now? Classrooms are not getting painted, supplies are not getting purchased, and you're worried about an eyesore?

It would be wonderful if they could force kids to clean it during detention, but then you would get parents complaining about child labor.

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Posted by cant believe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Hello Greenwood Resident should know that " Trash, weeds" and "such a mess" should not be ignored due to a "budget crisis" even if it is "severe". Last I heard, pulling weeds and picking up trash requires some hard work and garbage bags from the 99 cent store. Would be a good lesson in pride of ownership.

As for painted walls and supplies....well that cost money so yes in a budget crisis that needs to be put on hold. But a little soap and water awould go a long way.

Steve has the right solution except I don't think calling trash and weeds a "mess" is at all insulting. Surely you jest that you were offended by this to label it "insulting"??? Give me a break.

Looks like Greenwood resident was calling it like he saw it and not trying to be "sweet and psotivie". Why would he? He was calling out the problem as he saw it. Refreshing to me to know how he sees it without all the fluff.

Lack of care to any property that is next to you and is your neighbor is in fact a lack of respect.

I would think the new principal is perfectly capable of problem solving this and taking on other aspects of his job.

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Greenwood - Obviously there are budget issues; if so, organize your community to spend every other weekend on "cleaning up"...then no more eye sore for you... just a thought...or you can continue being annoyed for next few years while doing nothing about it...

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Posted by LaVerne Spotorno
a resident of Happy Valley
on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Dear Greenwood Road Resident,

I'm sorry to see that you're so upset. Life must have served you lemons and you haven't found the recipe for making lemonade. I happen to know Mr. Rocha personally for many many years, and I know for certain, that if you were to make an appointment to meet with him, he would be very open to and interested in hearing what you had to say, provided you don't storm into his office like a bull in a china shop. He would also find a solution to your "problem." I suggest you take a tour of the other schools in Pleasanton and you'll find they all use signage on their fences for special notices. Some of those signs are not school related at all, but are city sports and/or church related. I also wonder if you're a newcomer to the neighborhood, because the school was built when the neighborhood came into existence, and there have always been signs. I concur with the resident that suggested you might get a neighborhood crew together and do some service for the school, especially since they've had to eliminate custodians and groundskeepers. I can just about bet that if you were to meet with Mr. Rocha and have a rational discussion with him, the two of you could come up with a solution that would benefit both the neighborhood and the school! Hope you give it a try!

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Posted by Issue
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I don't believe that parent volunteers or organizing a neighborhood cleanup to maintain school grounds is "allowed" per the District's union contract.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm

"I don't believe that parent volunteers or organizing a neighborhood cleanup to maintain school grounds is "allowed" per the District's union contract."

Don't know where you heard that. When I asked around, no one said it wasn't allowed.

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Posted by Kathi
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Mr. Ben Fobert has been a wonderful asset to the Amador community and will be sorely missed. Our loss will be Mohr's gain. Good luck Mr. Fobert, I'm sure that you will do a great job and have lots of fun too!

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