Lincoln High, which has been without a permanent principal since last July, will likely enter another school year without a permanent principal in place.
The district has been searching for a replacement since Lincoln’s former principal, John Ross, departed last summer. Shirley Peterson has overseen the school as interim principal for the past year.
Late last week, Peterson sent an email to Lincoln staff and parents that confirmed San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten has decided not to hire a permanent replacement and will extend the search. Peterson, who came out of retirement to lead the school, will retire (again) June 14.
The protracted search amplifies the sense of disruption and disorganization that Lincoln parents have repeatedly vocalized. Members of the school’s parent-teacher organization, headed by parent Cindy Barros, say their voices have been dismissed by Marten and other district leaders.
It’s been years since Lincoln High reopened with a gleaming $129 million campus, and the school is spinning. Leaders come and go, each bringing new reforms. Rows of classrooms sit empty. In that decade, Lincoln has lost four permanent principals.
It’s also highly unusual for a principal search to stretch into a second year. In 2013, when La Jolla High’s former principal resigned abruptly, district officials searched six months before finally appointing its current principal, Chuck Podhorsky.
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Re: Hardly a rumor. Having been on a few hiring interviews, including administrative hires, definitely not a rumor. After the "pledge to non-discussion outside the interview" and pre hiring panel discussion, very little matters. One such interview, all the collected notes, decisions, etc. were left on a corner chair.... and still there days later.
I think schools all over SDUSD would want those questions answered. There are potentially a number of principals (and VPs) in line to take the SERP (which will be decided at tonight's Board of Ed meeting), which means not only Lincoln HS will be looking for new leadership.
Rumor is that regardless of what the community panel decides is the best fit for any school in the district, Cindy Marten always makes the decision herself whom to appoint (or not), so that the community forums and principal select panels are nothing more than a sham all over the district.
This is a question of mind over matter. That the students are predominantly non-white is all that you have to know. The comment "This would never happen north of the 8, so that tells you how they feel about us as a community, staff and parents" is telling and accurate. The sentiment -not well-hidden- and paralell practice can be found in the SDSU study of police-bias behaviour. Those people south of the 8 do not matter; neither to the police nor to the educators. Both matters are inter-related.