School board shuffles personnel |

School board shuffles personnel

It took resignation of a Lake Tahoe Unified School District board member for Mark Romagnolo to become a principal.

That’s because he’s married to Stacy Romagnolo, who left the board July 2 citing a conflict of interest. State law prohibits board members from participating in or influencing decisions on a spouse’s employment status.

On Wednesday, Mark Romagnolo became the new principal at Sierra House Elementary School. He replaces Virginia Matus-Glenn, who accepted a position as the school district’s crisis coordinator and grant writer.

“We met this morning and clarified everything so he’s really exited and anxious,” Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn said. “We feel he’ll be a real contributor to our leadership team.”

Mark Romagnolo, former South Tahoe High School vice principal, was one of 11 people to apply for the Sierra House job. His wife resigned when he received word he was one of three finalists.

Stacy Romagnolo’s resignation leaves an empty seat on the Board of Education. The board voted Tuesday to appoint a new member to take over for her rather than hold a special election.

The appointee will serve the remainder of Romagnolo’s term, which ends Dec. 7. That seat, along with the one held by board President Wendy David, will be filled in the Nov. 6 election.

Scheerhorn said anyone is welcome to apply for the interim board position. Letters of interest, including a 200-word statement of qualifications, must be turned in at the district office by July 23. Board members will screen candidates and contact those they wish to interview. The interviews will take place July 30 at 3 p.m.

Glenn’s new position will involve a partnership between the school district, the Barton Foundation and the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation.

Her salary will come out of a Safe Schools grant. The foundations will pay Glenn to write grants for them on a per diem basis.

Glenn, who also spent 16 years as principal at Bijou Community School, said her new job will allow her to concentrate on grant writing.

“I always had to write grants and run a school,” said Glenn, who identified leaving the children as the most difficult part about her career change. “The grants I’ve written in the past, the reason I wrote them is because I loved spending the money on my school. This will be a whole other perspective getting money for the entire district.”

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