Another Pleasanton school principal has taken a leave of absence this year, with district officials confirming that Vintage Hills Elementary School principal Ann Jayne is out indefinitely because of a family emergency.
The Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees last week formally appointed vice principal Leslie Navarrette as interim principal to lead Vintage Hills during this time.
Jayne has actually been away from the office since last month, "out for a family emergency," PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon said this week. District officials sent a note to the school community Monday alerting people to Navarrette's appointment, though she had been leading Vintage Hills as acting principal since early March.
"Leslie had been filling in for Ann in her VP role as acting principal prior to her appointment (April 16)," Gannon told the Weekly. "They just made her appointment retroactive to when she began as acting principal. The 'effective immediately' in the message was intended to affirm her leadership moving forward."
It is not known when Jayne will return to Vintage Hills, the school she has led as principal since the 2015-16 school year.
An inclusion specialist already familiar with the school, Navarrette has served this year as vice principal at Vintage Hills, as well as at Walnut Grove Elementary School and Harvest Park preschool.
Vintage Hills is the second PUSD school to see a principal go on an extended leave of absence this year, joining Amador Valley High with outgoing principal Alberto Solorzano. Pleasanton Middle School principal Jill Butler has also announced her retirement, effective in June.
Solorzano, who was the third principal at Amador in four years, has been on personal leave since Feb. 20 for unspecified reasons and will officially resign effective June 30.
The Weekly received a copy of Solorzano's resignation letter for the first time last week, following a California Public Records Act request.
The five-line letter from Solorzano offered no additional insight into why the first-year principal abruptly left Amador, but it provided new information on the timeline of his departure.
PUSD officials publicly reported Feb. 20 that Solorzano had been granted a leave of absence for personal reasons, and the school board later approved his resignation request on March 26. But PUSD records revealed that Solorzano's resignation letter was dated Feb. 20.
"Mr. Solorzano did request personal leave prior to filing the resignation letter. Mr. Solorzano submitted his resignation letter effective June 30, 2019," Gannon said when asked to clarify the timeline.
"The letter was part of his personnel file and not public until it was taken to the board. In the interest of both Mr. Solorzano and Amador hiring a new leader, it was decided to bring the resignation to the Board prior to his resignation date on June 30, 2019," Gannon added.
In his resignation letter, addressed to assistant superintendent of human resources Julio Hernandez, Solorzano offered a brief statement thanking everyone "for the opportunity to work in a district that is dedicated to its students and families."
"I have genuinely enjoyed supporting the students and staff and I will take what I have learned to new endeavors," Solorzano said.
Solorzano, who has not responded to multiple requests for comment, did not elaborate in the letter about the reasons for his resignation some seven months into his first year at Amador.
As part of the records request, Gannon confirmed there were no complaints filed against Solorzano between Sept. 1 and this month. Gannon added, "The district did receive an email that identified a concern, which we have previously discussed in person" -- a reference to the high school transcript probe that unfolded during the fall and winter.
A PUSD legal consultant determined in January that administrators -- whose names were not released -- intentionally removed a completed course from a high school student's transcript and record in violation of state law. Solorzano's exit came several weeks after the transcript investigation was completed, and one week before Amador was due for a routine accreditation visit.
The recent records request also yielded Butler's retirement application, a one-page form with no personal statement for district human resources about her decision. Butler did offer a comment to the Weekly last month, saying in part, that "being part of such a wonderful learning community has truly enriched my life, and for that I will be forever grateful."
In addition to looking for a new principal at Pleasanton Middle School, the district is also searching for the next permanent principal at Amador and recently held several forums seeking feedback from students, faculty and parents about what type of leader they would like at the high school. Gannon said the district plans to continue their efforts and that "our goal is to have someone identified before the end of the year" as the new Amador principal.