(l-r) Johannis "Joe" Andrews, principal-superintendent for Goman Elementary School; Anthony Saba, principal Frazier Mountain High School; and Gretchen Skrotzki, principal of Frazier Park and El Tejon Schools; All are new faces in the mountain’s public schools.
New Faces Greet Students at Nearly All Local Schools
(See Bus Schedules Below)
By The Mountain Enterprise Staff
That’s it. Summer is already gone. School starts next Wednesday, Aug. 17. There will be changes. New principals are at the helms of the four largest public schools. Fourth and fifth graders will go to Frazier Park School this year (rather than El Tejon School, as in the past). You’ll find bus schedules for all public schools in this issue (see pages 9, 11, 12 and 13).
A field trip for the ComTec Academy officers (Frazier Mountain High School) was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16 there are orientations for all FMHS students. Freshman meet from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Sophomores meet 1-2 p.m. to get their class schedules; juniors and seniors meet 2-3 p.m. for their class schedules.
Johannis ‘Joe’ Andrews, 54 of Lancaster is the principal for Gorman Elementary School and superintendent for the Gorman School District. He comes to Gorman from the Westside Union School District, where he served four years as principal of Hill View Middle School (7-8 grades) and two years as principal of Esperanza Elementary School (K-6).
“We have the same five teachers at Gorman School this year,” Andrews said, “but enrollment has jumped to 101 students. We had 175 students apply, but because of the contract with the state, we can take only about 100, so we have a waiting list.”
Gorman is a “school of choice” and may be selected by families in the area. Enrollment has jumped from 47 two years ago to the 101 students for the 2011-2012 school year.
Frazier Park and El Tejon Schools
Gretchen Skrotzki, 29 is the new principal for El Tejon School (6th, 7th and 8th grades) and Frazier Park School (Kindergarten through 5th grades this year).
“I was a 4th grade teacher for five years, then last year was assistant principal at two schools in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District: Loudon Elementary and Castle Elementary. Last year was my first as an assistant principal, and I had a double school, so I’m used to bouncing between two schools,” she laughed. With budget cuts, that has become more frequent, she said.
Frazier Mountain High School
Anthony Saba, 33 of Bakersfield is the new principal for Frazier Mountain High School (FMHS). Vice Principal will be Sara Haflich, who has served as a teacher and in various program development roles at El Tejon School for several years.
Saba is brimming with enthusiasm. He served previously as an assistant principal st Frontier High School. He said in an interview that he intends to “change the meaning of ‘Falcon Pride, on the field, in the classroom and in the town.”
THE BUS SCHEDULES:
Frazier Park School Bus Route and a note from Superintendent Katie Kleier about changes for 4th and 5th grades at Frazier Park School.
El Tejon School Bus Route, and a note from Gretchen Skrotzki, new principal of El Tejon School and Frazier Park School about changes for 4th and 5th grades for the new school year.
This is part of the August 12, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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