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District names new Monte Vista principal

Original post made on Jul 6, 2015

The San Ramon Valley school district has hired Eric Saibel as the new principal of Danville's Monte Vista High School -- among two principals and four assistant principals appointed district-wide during the past two weeks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, July 5, 2015, 3:54 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Danny
a resident of Danville
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:20 am

How is it that the educational specialists at MVHS, who are in charge of helping kids get into Ivy League colleges, have themselves, degrees from 2nd tier colleges?

Posted by Kathy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

Wow Danny, what a snarky, mean spirited comment.

Posted by Citizen of the Valley
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Jul 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

The new principal for Monte Vista High School is coming from a middle school of 621 students, from 5th to 8th grade. I am very concerned that his background is not competitive nor appropriate for a school the size of MVHS. He has not worked at a high school for several years, and Sir Francis Drake currently has 983 students, which is possibly a larger number of students than when he was an assistant principal there. The web page for Hall Middle School is full of typing errors (not likely made by him, but not a good impression). Eric Saibel must have been a very strong contender for the district to have chosen him to lead Monte Vista. It will be interesting to watch the school's progress over the coming school year.

Posted by Hal
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

If a person went to an Ivy League college, why would they want to come to this district for low pay and deal with Danville parents? Seems like better options are available. And get over yourselves, just because you go to MV, doesn't mean you are Ivy League bound. You may be smart, but you have your parents money and access to better drugs than the average kid.

Posted by Douglas
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

For anyone who knows anything about college applications and acceptance data at MV, Ivy League schools are NOT the most applied to, and usually only the TOP students even apply knowing that it might be a long shot. Shout out to Brian Yu for his Harvard acceptance and National Speech and Debate award! Most students apply to UC/CSU as they know that the Ivy schools are out of their range. Although, I do agree with some points made by Citizen of the Valley as Monte Vista is a whole other beast from all of the other SRVUSD high schools! So glad we only have two years left!!!!

Posted by mv mom
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Wow. With the comments and attitudes currently posted by Danny, Citizen and Douglas, I'd have to agree with Hal - who would want to work at Monte Vista, or any school in the District? What a bunch of narrow minded folks. The district and high school, while smaller in population, is high performing like ours and has a similar makeup of population. Yes, he has only been an assistant principal, but who is to say that he's not ready to lead? Maybe it's time that this community start thinking out of the box and taking a chance on folks who want to step up and be leaders.

Posted by Catherine
a resident of Danville
on Jul 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Becky Smith - terrible
Janet Terranova - awful
Eric Saibel - hope third time is a charm

Posted by Nicky
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

Congratulations to all the new administrators. Wishing them the best of luck!

Posted by Jackie
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 7, 2015 at 11:42 am

So sad how people forget it is their child's hard work that gets them into ivy league schools,not the administrators.Two of the professionals went to UC Berkeley, the #1 public school in the nation. And all of the professionals carry MULTIPLE DEGREES, not many people can say that. They are exceptional. And I wish them nothing but the best of luck in dealing with these parents.

Posted by Robert
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I have been told that the pool for principal candidates for MVHS was weak. One would think that a school such as this would attract experienced principals from other districts, but such is not the case. I suspect that among educators the word is out about hovering parents, weak teachers with union protection, and a history of poor leadership, which explains the lack of experienced principals wanting this job.

Posted by Sheila L.
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Along with the low pay.

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Jul 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Congratulations on your new position, Eric Saibel. Wishing you the best and hoping that EVERYONE will give you the support you will need.


Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 15, 2015 at 6:56 am

Is it true he is no longer coming to MVHS? His name no longer appears in the congratulatory notes on the SRVUSD website. Fact or rumor?

Posted by Catherine
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

Yes Dave, he bowed out for "personal reasons" according to Shelton.

Posted by Robert
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

So he is smart guy after all! The reality is that quite a few administrators have already left, or privately seem quite unhappy to be in the district, from what I hear. Not sure way, but interesting.

Posted by IntheKnow
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

It is true that since Mary arrived, many top administrators have left or retired. I heard as much as 2/3 at the district office. Trust me, there is a reason for this.

Posted by Julie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

Usually when this happens it is because administrators don't feel supported. I have heard that both the board and the superintendent are close with the teachers' union which could explain the turnover which has occurred.

Posted by District Teacher
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

The superintendent and the board are not close at all with the teachers' union. The exact opposite is the case with the superintendent in fact.

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