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Adelante High School welcomes new principal

Veteran teacher and former assistant principal Suzanne Laughrea selected for position
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Adelante High School students will welcome a new principal this fall. Roseville Joint Union High School District board of trustees voted in favor of hiring Suzanne Laughrea for the job during the June 15 school board meeting. She will replace former principal Rick Matteoli, who is transferring to a position as an assistant principal at Antelope High School. Laughrea worked as Adelante’s assistant principal since 2009. Before that she taught English for 21 years, several of those spent at Oakmont High School and Granite Bay High School. She earned her Ph.D. in education at UC Davis in 2006. “We went through a rigorous process,” said assistant superintendent of personnel services Ron Severson. After narrowing down the choices, the district interviewed four candidates for the position. In another action at last week’s meeting, board members Jack Duran, Paige Stauss and Garry Genzlinger voted in favor of instituting five furlough days for underrepresented employee groups, which includes the superintendent, three assistant superintendents, classified managers, confidential staff and support services staff. “Greatly appreciate it,” Stauss said, thanking this employee group for volunteering for the furlough days. Board member Scott Huber and President Jan Pinney were absent. The district negotiated with the Roseville Secondary Education Association for two furlough days for teachers next year. This includes one training day for teachers and one regular school day, reducing the school year from 180 days to 179 days. This will save the district $353,279. The California School Employees Association also agreed to two furlough days, which will save the district $81,600. This association represents classified employees such as instructional aides, cooks, food service workers, groundskeepers, custodians and administrative assistants. Board members also voted in favor of issuing pink slips for an instructional assistant at Oakmont High School and two other classified positions. Severson said the district is also cutting two administrative assistants, but both will be transferred to other job openings available due to attrition and retirements. “This has been a challenging year for us to put together a budget for the district,” said assistant superintendent of business services Gary Stevens. Board members approved the budget, which calls for $4.8 million in deficit spending in the 2010-11 school year. The budget revenue is $68 million with anticipated expenses of $73 million. Stevens said the district will get the deficit down to $696,000 by the 2012-13 school year through phasing in reductions over the next three years. “The silver lining is we still have 12 to 18 months to address what’s happening in that third year,” Stevens said. “We’ve been able to keep reductions in curriculum to a bare minimum.” Board member Stauss ended the meeting with a message to Duran, who won the Roseville seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors June 8. He will leave the school board when his term expires in December. “Congrats to Jack Duran,” Stauss said. “Our board is definitely going to miss him.” Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.