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Anne Mallory hired as interim chief of Holtville schools

May 16, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville Unified School District hired Anne Mallory on Tuesday as its interim superintendent.

Mallory, former superintendent of the Westmorland Union Elementary School District, was recently named special assistant to John Anderson, county superintendent of schools. She will help direct the Holtville district while the Board of Trustees conducts a search for a superintendent.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Holtville school district and support the staff and students and community to achieve wonderful things," Mallory said. "I feel fully confident that will happen."

District employees will have the opportunity to meet Mallory on Thursday afternoon.

The trustees voted 4-1 to accept the "separation agreement and general release" for outgoing Superintendent Carlos Vega. The dissenting vote came from Trustee Paula Daniels. Following the meeting Daniels said she has a "real fundamental problem with buyouts."


Vega's separation agreement includes a year's salary, a "professional stipend" and some vacation time. The package amounts to more than $100,000. Vega has been with the district for three years, one year as the high school principal and two years as superintendent.

The only open session comment was made by Joan Thornburg, chairman of the Holtville Teachers' Association.

"It cannot be cheap to buy out a superintendent," Thornburg said. "I think that amount would be approximately 3 percent on the existing salary scale."

HTA is in negotiations with the district.

Anderson addressed the board to offer guidelines in selecting a superintendent. The one and a half page agreement the board is expected to quickly ratify with the county Office of Education includes a long list of professional services to be offered in conducting a search.

Among other things, the county will develop a brochure announcing the position, assist in recruiting qualified candidates, assist the board in preparing for interviews, answer inquiries from interested persons concerning the position, maintain files of applications and prepare and provide forms for paper screening and interview committees.

Depending on qualifications, the district is prepared to offer a starting salary of $100,000 for a new person to head the five-school district.

In the next few days the Board of Trustees is to come up with a list of desired qualifications in a superintendent. The cost to the district for the services provided by the county office will be $2,000.

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