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Do the administrative shuffle

Cory Fisher

It’s a word problem and it goes like this: If the associate principal is now the principal and the assistant principal is now the associate principal, who is the assistant principal and who do you go to when you’re in trouble?

Students at South Tahoe High School are still occasionally stumped, as the school’s administrative offices undergo big changes.

But change is good, according to Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Board President David Kurtzman.



“I think the new team is exciting,” Kurtzman said. “I’m looking forward to high energy and positive results at the high school.”

Upon the recommendation of Principal Karen Ellis and Superintendent Rich Alexander, the board recently appointed former STHS teacher Mark Romagnolo as the new assistant principal, and former Assistant Principal Jack Stafford as the new associate principal.



Stafford served as assistant principal for seven years, with duties that primarily included student discipline and the supervision of athletics. Prior to that, he was the high school activities director and taught economics. Now as associate principal, Stafford said his focus will be on curriculum, master scheduling, overseeing budgets, staff evaluation and a portion of discipline.

“Stafford is an institution – he’s had a wide range of experiences at the high school,” said Alexander. “He’s done an outstanding job and will make a good ‘second in command’ for Karen (Ellis).”

Newly-appointed Romagnolo joins the administrative staff after teaching geography and world history for one year at the high school. However, Romagnolo taught for 10 years at Bijou Community School, where he also worked with new students in the Family Center. He has also coached youth soccer.

“This is a great opportunity, I’ve always wanted an administrative position – and I still do, even after two days on the job,” he chuckled. “I want to approach this job on a positive note. I want to be approachable and highly visible to students, so they know my door is always open. There is also a faculty of mentors here for me.”

Romagnolo earned his preliminary administrative credential from Sacramento State and expects to begin a second-tier professional administrative credential soon.

“I’m excited about having two well-respected individuals filling those positions,” said Alexander. “I know they’re going to work hard to continue the improvement process at the high school.”


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