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Greg Sackos resigns as Southwest A.D.

June 30, 2002|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Sports Editor

Southwest Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Greg Sackos resigned Friday after two years on the job, said Southwest Principal Joe Evangelist.

Sackos has accepted an assistant principal post in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sackos, who came to Southwest after a 16-year career at Palo Verde High School in Blythe, could not be reached for comment by presstime Saturday.

"It's a big loss for us. He brought a great deal of experience and overall background to our school," said Evangelist. "He just added a lot to our program and worked well with all of our staff. He didn't miss a beat when he took over as athletic director.

"It was enjoyable working with him. … He was an excellent administrator. He's going to be missed," he added.

Evangelist said the resignation did not come as a surprise. Sackos was actively pursuing employment that would put him closer to his fiancee, an administrator at the same Scottsdale school district at which Sackos was hired. Evangelist added Sackos also was recently admitted to a doctoral program for educational leadership at Arizona State University.

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"He had been traveling a lot back and forth between ASU, seeing her and getting his studies lined up, and El Centro," Evangelist said.

Central Union High School District Superintendent Richard Fragale and Evangelist will meet today to discuss staffing. With Sackos' departure, Southwest is down two assistant principals — assistant principal of discipline, Gloria Nogales-Talley, recently resigned to take a job in Santa Ana.

Evangelist wouldn't comment when asked if there is anybody in line for the athletic director position.

In other school sports news, Javier Ramos was selected as athletic director of Holtville High School at a Holtville Unified School District board meeting Tuesday.

District Trustee Clifford Strahm said Saturday, "We're very happy with (his selection). I'm very confident he will do a very good job for Holtville High School. I think his selection will be well-received in the community."

Ramos, also a counselor at Holtville High, is a Holtville native who played baseball for the Vikings as well as the San Diego State Aztecs.

Ramos replaces former Athletic Director John Reschert, who was fired from the position at the end of the school year.

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