Holtville school board officially hires Leal as HHS principal

July 12, 2001|By DORA DePAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The school board here on Wednesday formalized the hiring of a principal for Holtville High School and accepted the resignation of Brian Thomason, principal of Finley Elementary School.

The board has yet to name a superintendent for the district but is expected to meet at 6:30 tonight to discuss filling the position.

Board members said they do not expect to make a decision on the superintendent tonight.

By a unanimous decision, the board named Juan Leal to serve as principal of the high school. Leal, 39, comes to Holtville after serving as an assistant principal at Central Union High School for five years.

"Leal came very highly recommended," said board Chairman Bill Thornburg Jr., "We are very excited to have him on staff. He has experience in many areas."


Leal said he is looking forward to working with the staff at Holtville High School. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters and live in Imperial.

Thomason resigned after serving as principal at Finley for one year to accept a position as principal of McKinley Elementary School in El Centro. Thomason also spent two years as principal at Pine School in Holtville.

In other business the board hired four new elementary school teachers and stated a counselor for the district has been hired and will start next month.

Thornburg on Wednesday complimented Anne Mallory, who has served as interim district superintendent.

"In the two months she has been employed by our district she has accomplished so much in the areas of credentialling, facilitating hiring new people and helping the staff work together as a team to provide the best education for the students," he said.

"Thanks to the efforts of Anne Mallory we were able to employ a consultant, on a hourly basis, who was able to get our plans for a new high school science building before the State Allocations Board," Thornburg added.

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