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Krolikowski among new upper admin hires for Livermore school district

Former SRVHS principal back in Tri-Valley after one year at Palo Alto Unified

Top row (from left): Tracie Christmas, director of assessment and accountability; Chris Connor, director of elementary education; Michelle Dawson, coordinator of community engagement; and Carla Estrada-Hidalgo, coordinator of English language development and Title I. Bottom row (from left): Shari Johnston, coordinator of equity and early literacy; Jason Krolikowski, director of secondary education; and Zandra Texeira, coordinator of special education.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is now three weeks into its 2021-22 in-person school year. In preparation ahead of the start of classes, the district welcomed several new staff members and bid farewell to some longtime employees.

At the Board of Education's Aug. 17 meeting, deputy superintendent Chris Van Schaack gave a presentation introducing the new district administrative changes as well as new individual school administrators.

At the district level, the community engagement, curriculum and special education departments saw significant transitions, including the retirements of former director of community engagement Philomena Rambo after 16 years with LVJUSD and former assistant director of curriculum Vicki Scudder after 53 years with the district.

Officials shared a video montage celebrating Scudder's tenure with the Livermore school system during the board meeting last month.

"She began her time in this district when Lyndon Johnson was president," Van Schaack noted in his remarks honoring Scudder. "She's been in a number of roles, she's done an extraordinary job. There's no way to sum up the impact she's had on the thousands of students who have been part of the district, her classes, her schools for so many years."

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In addition to Scudder's retirement, officials told the Weekly that the curriculum department was restructured to include new roles and responsibilities in part after former director of curriculum Kevin Grier left to accept the position of superintendent of Loma Prieta School District. The changes include:

* Tracie Christmas, director of assessment and accountability. Christmas is new to LVJUSD this year. She previously worked as a regional director for AVID and was an elementary principal in Castro Valley before that.

* Chris Connor, director of elementary education. Connor is also new to LVJUSD this year and was previously principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School in Pleasanton.

* Jason Krolikowski, director of secondary education. Before joining LVJUSD, Krolikowski had a one-year stint with Palo Alto Unified School District as director of student services. Prior to that, he was the principal of San Ramon Valley High School in Danville for three years. Before San Ramon Valley High, Krolikowski was principal of Foothill High School in Pleasanton for four years.

* Carla Estrada-Hidalgo, coordinator of English language development and Title I. Before this promotion, Estrada-Hidalgo was principal of Vineyard Alternative/Adult Education School.

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* Shari Johnston, coordinator of equity and early literacy. Johnston was formerly principal of Jackson Avenue Elementary.

Other district changes include the promotion of Michelle Dawson from communications specialist to coordinator of community engagement, following Rambo's retirement.

The district also welcomed Zandra Texeira as the new coordinator of special education. Texeira was previously assistant principal at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley and prior to that she worked as a program supervisor of special education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

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Krolikowski among new upper admin hires for Livermore school district

Former SRVHS principal back in Tri-Valley after one year at Palo Alto Unified

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Sun, Sep 12, 2021, 5:15 pm

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is now three weeks into its 2021-22 in-person school year. In preparation ahead of the start of classes, the district welcomed several new staff members and bid farewell to some longtime employees.

At the Board of Education's Aug. 17 meeting, deputy superintendent Chris Van Schaack gave a presentation introducing the new district administrative changes as well as new individual school administrators.

At the district level, the community engagement, curriculum and special education departments saw significant transitions, including the retirements of former director of community engagement Philomena Rambo after 16 years with LVJUSD and former assistant director of curriculum Vicki Scudder after 53 years with the district.

Officials shared a video montage celebrating Scudder's tenure with the Livermore school system during the board meeting last month.

"She began her time in this district when Lyndon Johnson was president," Van Schaack noted in his remarks honoring Scudder. "She's been in a number of roles, she's done an extraordinary job. There's no way to sum up the impact she's had on the thousands of students who have been part of the district, her classes, her schools for so many years."

In addition to Scudder's retirement, officials told the Weekly that the curriculum department was restructured to include new roles and responsibilities in part after former director of curriculum Kevin Grier left to accept the position of superintendent of Loma Prieta School District. The changes include:

* Tracie Christmas, director of assessment and accountability. Christmas is new to LVJUSD this year. She previously worked as a regional director for AVID and was an elementary principal in Castro Valley before that.

* Chris Connor, director of elementary education. Connor is also new to LVJUSD this year and was previously principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School in Pleasanton.

* Jason Krolikowski, director of secondary education. Before joining LVJUSD, Krolikowski had a one-year stint with Palo Alto Unified School District as director of student services. Prior to that, he was the principal of San Ramon Valley High School in Danville for three years. Before San Ramon Valley High, Krolikowski was principal of Foothill High School in Pleasanton for four years.

* Carla Estrada-Hidalgo, coordinator of English language development and Title I. Before this promotion, Estrada-Hidalgo was principal of Vineyard Alternative/Adult Education School.

* Shari Johnston, coordinator of equity and early literacy. Johnston was formerly principal of Jackson Avenue Elementary.

Other district changes include the promotion of Michelle Dawson from communications specialist to coordinator of community engagement, following Rambo's retirement.

The district also welcomed Zandra Texeira as the new coordinator of special education. Texeira was previously assistant principal at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley and prior to that she worked as a program supervisor of special education for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

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SM
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another community
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:11 pm
SM, another community
Registered user
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:11 pm

So many useless/unnecessary/make work jobs that we're forced to waste our tax monies supporting. Zero value in all these Marxist commissar positions. "Equity" is code for communist drivel - basically a pathological obsession with arbitrarily forcing equality of outcomes - in the context of education this means everyone is equally stupid and low-achieving, since that is the only possibility. The only common denominator is utter failure and stupidity, because that is the best the lowest of the low can muster.

So everyone has to be dumbed down to the level of the absolute worst student. That's "equity". All of these people need to be fired, and the entire school board replaced with actual Americans, meaning they pledge to honor our Constitution, and uphold our fundamental values regarding the freedom and liberty of individuals (not groups, actual living human beings!) in .

No public employee or servant ought to give an iota of credence to Marxist theories of "equity" and any who do ought to be promptly fired and barred forever from any form of public employment or office.

The fact that the educational system has been infested and hijacked by these crazed leftists is disgusting. This is OUR money, and OUR children, and they need to be put in their place.



Rid our society of communists - they are a menace to us all.


SM
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another community
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm
SM, another community
Registered user
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm

"Equity" is the language of thieves and bums. Moochers who want to get something they didn't earn, didn't work for, and couldn't produce on their own.


SM
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another community
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:27 pm
SM, another community
Registered user
on Oct 9, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Removed because it was redundant


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