Resignation of Principal for El Tejon and Frazier Park Schools a Surprise

LEBEC and FRAZIER PARK, CA (July 12, 2011 at 11 a.m.)— The resignation of the principal of the El Tejon School and Frazier Park School will be considered tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, by the trustees of the El Tejon Unified School District. The agenda notes that the resignation will be on the executive (closed) session of the board’s agenda, to be considered at 6 p.m. The public is permitted to speak to the board prior to their closed session at 6 p.m. Then the board returns for a public session at 7 p.m.

Attempts to contact Principal Dena Kiouses, who has served for three years, have not yet been successful. Emails trigger an automatic reply saying she is on summer break and will be back on August 2.

All regular public schools in the Mountain Communities will be headed by new principals next year: Gorman School, El Tejon School, Frazier Park School and Frazier Mountain High School. Only Pine Mountain Learning Center, which is a charter K-6 school and the El Tejon Continuation High School are likely to have the same site administrators.

At the July 13 meeting the trustees will also consider a proposal by the Tri County Watch Dogs to place an air quality monitor on the grounds of El Tejon School, which is adjacent to the I-5 freeway and the Grapevine corridor. The Grapevine is a conduit for San Joaquin Valley pollution as it rises up into the mountains. The TriCounty Watch Dogs won a $20,000 "bucket brigade" grant to monitor the healthfulness of air in the Mountain Communities.

[Update corrections made at 9:30 p.m. on July 12, 2011—P. Hedlund]

This is part of the July 08, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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