The Pleasanton school board unanimously appointed new principals at both Amador Valley High School and Harvest Park Middle School Tuesday night.
Alberto Solorzano joins Amador from Dublin Unified School District, where he served as director of secondary education. Terry Brenner, an associate principal at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, is set to assume the Harvest Park post.
The official decision to appoint them both was made during closed session, after a “brand-new interview process,” according to board president Mark Miller. The new appointees were announced at the beginning of a sparsely attended open meeting.
Solorzano thanked the board and district staff for the appointment. “I’m truly honored to be named principal of Amador Valley High School,” he said. “It’s an exceptional school, with a wonderful, dedicated staff and simply amazing students. I’m really eager to become one of the Amador family.”
Solorzano worked in Dublin for the past school year. Prior to that, he was a principal and school administrator at all levels in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified and New Haven Unified school districts, according to district staff.
Brenner also thanked the board, adding that she enjoyed the new interview process Miller had referenced.
“I came home after going through that and I said to my husband, ‘I have never had so much fun interviewing for a job. It was a lot of fun,’” Brenner said.
“I am so looking forward to my time here, and I can’t wait to get started,” she added.
Brenner also began working at Acalanes this past school year. Before that, she served as a school administrator in Washington and Wisconsin, and has also worked as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, according to the district.
The two positions’ vacancies were made public in May. The Harvest Park principalship first opened up after Robin Munsell, the school’s principal of just under two years, unexpectedly resigned early in the month. While she sent out an email to families announcing her resignation, the message did not elaborate on why she was leaving the middle school, and she did not respond to the Weekly’s requests for comment regarding her reasons.
The Amador vacancy became public knowledge when the school board trustees announced at their May 22 meeting that Michael Williams, the school's principal at the time, was headed to the district office next year to assume the position of director of human resources.
In addition to the two new principals selected, the board also announced two other appointments Tuesday night: Ashley Sprader as the new coordinator of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Susan Rittel as project manager of facilities and construction.
In other business
*Trustees approved a new employment contract with Superintendent David Haglund, who has been with the Pleasanton Unified School District for nearly a year.
The new contract will take effect July 1 and continue through June 30, 2022, and “supersedes and completely replaces the prior employment agreement,” staff wrote in their report -- the previous contract was set to last from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
The new agreement calls for a new salary schedule with a step increase of 4% per year, starting with the upcoming school year. This would increase Haglund’s base salary to $281,112 -- board president Mark Miller noted that a previous calculation error had led to an incorrect total listed in the agenda.
“This new contract goes a long way toward ensuring the stability and longevity of the superintendent position,” Miller said. “I’m very happy Dr. Haglund offered to extend his contract up to a four-year term.”
*The board unanimously approved a series of plans that had been discussed and revised over the past few months, including: the 2018-19 district budget, the District Technology Plan for 2018-21, the 2018-21 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Measure I1 Facilities Master Plan.