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Assistant Principal Resigns

South San Francisco High School Assistant Principal Cheryl Lana will become a school principal in Oakland.

Assistant Principal Cheryl Lana will leave the district to take a job as a school principal in Oakland.

Lana's resignation was effective Thursday, she said in an email. She was one of three assistant principals at the school.

Her absence leaves another major vacancy at the high school;

The South San Francisco High School principal position is still unfilled, . Assistant Superintendent Bob Thompson, whose own retirement went into effect Thursday, said earlier this month that the district was midway through the hiring process to fill the South San Francisco High School position.

"For the past six years that I have been assistant principal at South San Francisco High School, I have been impressed by all of my colleagues and can attest to the fact that the students, parents, teachers, and all staff have been wonderful to work with," Lana said in an email. "I wish the larger school community and the district the best in the future. There are some truly dynamic and dedicated educators in South San Francisco."

Gene Mullin July 01, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Ms. Lana was recommended by the majority of the staff, in a signed letter to the Board, to be appointed the new principal of South San Francisco High School. Her credentials are impeccable, she is experienced, and now she is gone from the District. Delaying decisions on unknown candidates often is wise, but on known and respected employees is foolish.
Eileen Christopherson July 01, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I teach in South San Francisco and I have no idea what the new school year will be like. While I am more than happy that we have a superintendent with a "clean slate", my school has no principal. How will any of these positions be filled without a Superintendent of Personnel?
School District Parent July 03, 2011 at 04:43 PM
The Board is all powerful- if administrators recommend someone from inside-they go the opposite way. Very sad for the district.
School District Parent July 03, 2011 at 04:47 PM
I agree with Mr. Mullin- I'll like to see him back on the School Board!
Worried about SSFUSD!! July 06, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I agree with Mr. Mullin. Once again the School Board makes the wrong decision. Why would you decide not to hire a highly competent person, with an extraordinary educational and professional background, who knew the school's community (students, parents, faculty & staff), and they let her go?? Wake up!!!! Clock is ticking; we are running out of time... I don't think that was a very smart move.
Worried about SSFUSD!! July 07, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Just found out that C.Lana was never considered by the Board, since her application never passed the Cabinet: How long was she supposed to wait? What is wrong with with this picture. Sad, sad, sad. They will never find a better person than M. Coyne and/or C. Lana. Sad, sad, sad.
Area Man July 07, 2011 at 07:45 PM
The SSFUSD Cabinet is (not-so) stealthily clearing our site leadership to bring in new talent from outside. It's an odd strategy considering that the district cannot (or has been previously unwilling to) compete with neighboring districts on salary/benefits yet has historically been a desirable place to work because of the trust amongst teachers and site administrators. My fear is that the exodus of quality administrators is a harbinger of what's to come in the next few years with talented teachers. Mr. Hogan would be wise to take the advice of his current cabinet with a healthy grain of salt.
Tess July 08, 2011 at 02:16 AM
So who makes up the Cabinet these days? Brand new Mr. Hogan and Melara and Barth? So it wasn't Mr. Hogan who made the decision NOT to consider Ms. Lana for the position - so who did? Many questions, few answers. Mr. Hogan, hope you are making notes and hope you have the knowhow on how to fix this. So many are depending on you and YES so many are willing to be there for you if you make this nightmare come to an end. Board members -- please ----- ask the hard questions --- why are first rate, capable, long-time employees being passed up and encouraged to leave the district? Do we have the funds to attract the many talented individuals needed to put the District back on track? Can we afford to keep having highly experienced leaders leave the district? I will keep being positive and ask that Mr. Hogan and the Board take control of the situation and make things right - make things make sense - and make the district be a place individuals "want" to work for -- as it has been -- the kids (students) really do benefit from that.
Chris Kiely July 08, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Given the last few months seems odd that the Board would let a cabinet prominently featuring Mr. Melara screen anything. Even if such as screening is "normal", the last year hasn't been "normal". Seems obvious that there is a serious disconnect between Mr. Melara and large chunk of the public and staff. Even if you want to assume that Adolfo was 100% innocent, why would you want to aggravate the situation by letting him play a role in this process? Let's see.....there is a strong feeling in the SSF educational community that Mr. Melara is trying to run people out and handpick his own cronies................wait for it.....so how about we put him in a position that he can make it look like the process is stacked against folks who aren't on his side. Way to calm the waters while the new Supe is transitioning in.

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