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LTUSD Administration Changes

Elementary school students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District will have to deal with some changes next year. For one, most of them will have new principals.

Superintendent Rich Alexander released his decision Friday about the district’s administration changes.

He said the shuffle will be an opportunity to keep improving the schools and match school needs with the five elementary school principals’ strengths.



“It’s been discussed for a very long time,” Alexander said. “We have very competent principals who will take on the challenges of their new sites with fresh energy and ideas.”

In the 1999/2000 school year, Karen Tinlin will become the principal at Al Tahoe Elementary; Jim Watson at Bijou Community School; Doug Forte at Meyers Elementary; Virginia Matus-Glenn at Sierra House Elementary. Jackie Nelson will remain at Tahoe Valley Elementary.




Alexander noted that his decision was based on input from the principals, the needs of each site and the length of time each principal had spent at their schools. Jackie Nelson, principal at Tahoe Valley, will not move to another site – she was transferred to Tahoe Valley only two-and-a-half years. But the other four principals have not changed schools for eight to 16 years, Alexander said.

Going forward, the superintendent said he hopes to establish a regular rotation of principals in the district to allow for continued growth and fresh ideas.

“After a reasonable length of time spent at each site, I imagine there will be future regular rotations,” he said. “I think change is always difficult but through change comes growth.”

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