14 apply for SVHS principal position
Fourteen would-be candidates applied by Friday’s deadline for the vacant Sonoma Valley High School principal’s position.
Sonoma Valley Unified School District Superintendent Louann Carlomagno said a timeline has been established for the interviewing and hiring process to replace Dino Battaglini, who resigned in January.
A relatively small panel will vet the applications on March 29 to prepare for an April 4 round of interviews.
“We’re looking at interviewing six or seven candidates on April 4,” she said.
Carlomagno said that two panels of about 10-to-12 people would interview the candidates. The two panels would be made up of teachers, classified staff, community members, students and parents.
“Each of the candidates will be interviewed by both panels,” Carlomagno said.
In addition to interviews, applicants will also be asked to give a short presentation, critique a lesson plan and submit a writing sample, among other items.
After the initial round of interviews on April 4, two or three candidates will be asked back for a second interview on April 10.
“We want to use the second round to select the right candidate,” Carlomagno said. “And we want the candidates to see if it’s a good fit for for them.”
But, since the second round of interviews is the day after the April school board meeting, barring a special meeting, the board wouldn’t hire the top candidate until the May meeting.
The starting salary for the new principal is $103,489 for a 222-day work load.
The candidate can earn an additional $700 a year for an earned master’s degree and $1,400 a year for an earned doctorate.
The new principal would assume the position on July 1.