Jacki Hester is new Finley Elementary prinicipal

August 10, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Longtime Holtville educator Jacki Hester was named principal of Finley Elementary School on Thursday night.

A teacher in the Holtville Unified School District since 1984, Hester was Finley's vice principal last year. She replaces Bryan Thomason.

With an enrollment of nearly 800 students, Finley is the largest elementary school in the county.

Hester, 54, is a graduate of Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University. She earned an administrative credential from California State University, San Bernardino.

She started her teaching career at Finley and has taught at both the middle school and the high school. For many years she taught evening classes at Imperial Valley College. She is married to Scott Hester and has three grown children.


"I think we have a lot of exciting things that will be happening at Finley," Hester said. "We started some things last year that we would like to continue and expand."

She said working with kids is her first love.

"I don't enjoy sitting in an office," she said.

Trustee Paula Daniels said she is "very pleased" Hester took the position.

"She will take all the experiences she has had in the last few years and put them to good use," Daniels said.

In other Holtville school district business, the board named San Diego attorney Richard Currier to do the district's legal services. Currier represents the law firm of Currier & Hudson. He replaces Jerry Conradi of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, also of San Diego.

The HUSD Board of Trustees spent nearly two and a half hours in closed session at the beginning of the meeting. Out of closed session, the board quickly zipped through the agenda. After an open session lasting less than 30 minutes the trustees went back into closed session.

No action was taken in regards to naming a new superintendent for the Holtville district. Superintendent Carlos Vega resigned at the end of the last school year. A special board meeting is planned for 6 p.m, Monday. A superintendent may be named at that time.

Anne Mallory is the HUSD interim superintendent.

Board Chairman Bill Thornburg Jr. expressed his appreciation of John Anderson, county superintendent of schools, for all the help given the district in recent months.

"Thanks to John Anderson this board has formed a strong partnership with the county Office of Education," Thornburg said. "The appointment of the law firm of Currier and Hudson is not only a move to strengthen that partnership, it is a change to provide the HUSD with affordable and necessary legal advice that we require to operate efficiently. In my opinion, it is imperative that we give our new superintendent the best legal support we can so that we can address compensation issues with administrative personnel and staff to ultimately increase student achievement and retain good people."

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