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Lake Tahoe school district principals being switched

They say change is good, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Principals at Lake Tahoe’s Unified School District elementary schools are about to get re-shuffled. The decision and the details will be issued by the district Friday at noon.

“I don’t know exactly who will move where, but it will be at the start of next year,” said Rich Alexander, superintendent of schools. “This has been discussed for a long time prior to me being a superintendent. Now is the time to make the change.”



Alexander did not give further details.

Although administration changes occur frequently in districts, every five years or so, reactions among school staff and community members promise to be strong.




“I’ve been a third-grade teacher for 20 years,” said Judith Schwartz, of Tahoe Valley School. “I know it’s normal for principals to change schools every few years but our principal has only been here two and a half years.”

Schwartz wrote, in a letter to the superintendent, that Tahoe Valley Principal Jackie Nelson spent her first two years coping with the challenges of class-size reduction and the modernization of the school.

“Last year, with most of the stress of modernization behind us, Mrs. Nelson was finally able to begin to articulate her vision for the direction of our school,” Schwartz wrote. “She has just begun to establish that special bond of trust that is so necessary to be an involved, effective principal. At this point it would be totally irrational and educationally unsound to change administration at our site for the sake of change.”

Alexander responded that the decision to go ahead with the administration changes will make a few people very happy, and a few people very sad, but the time for change has arrived.

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