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Holtville Unified School District trustees accept resignations from two school principals

May 18, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Just two days after the release of Carlos Vega, superintendent of the Holtville Unified School District, the district Board of Trustees on Thursday night accepted the resignations of two of its five school principals.

Leaving the district will be Robert Wynkoop, principal at Holtville High School, and John Kirchenbauer, principal at Pine School.

Both requested high school teaching assignments. Wynkoop has asked to return to a science teaching assignment, and Kirchenbauer is requesting a teaching job at the high school or Sam Webb Continuation High School.

Wynkoop, formerly an instructor at the high school, was named principal in November. He told the board last night he would be willing to "negotiate" his conditions to stay on as principal. Those conditions included a two-year contract to be principal.

Traditionally district administrators, with the exception of the superintendent, work on one-year contracts. The board was not willing to make an exception. Bill Thornburg Jr., board chairman, said he was "disappointed that he chose not to continue after all the hard work he put into IIUSP (Immediate Intervention for Under-Performing Schools) at the high school."


Kirchenbauer, a popular wrestling coach of the Holtville High Vikings in the 1970s, moved to Central Union High School for eight years before coming back to the Holtville district. He recently came out of retirement to serve as principal at Pine and coach wrestling.

Kirchenbauer said in order to be a "quality" coach it works out better to be on site.

Recently appointed Interim Superintendent Anne Mallory had high praise for the people she has met on the job site the previous two days.

"Everybody I have spoken to has the same goal, to help the students," Mallory said. "I am looking forward to being here and helping out."

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