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Sonoma Valley High principal resigns

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Sonoma Valley High School Principal Justin Mori has announced his resignation. He has accepted the position of principal at Petaluma High School, his alma mater, for next school year.

Mori has served as head of SVHS since last July.

The open position of SVHS principal was posted on the morning of May 24, according to Sonoma Valley Unified School District HR Manager Jonathan Ferrer.

“It is with very mixed feelings that I announce I will be leaving my position at SVHS at the end of the year,” said Mori in an email resignation letter to the district. Mori went on to apologize for the timing – and for resigning via email – citing the need to communicate quickly with both Sonoma and Petaluma staffs.

“My experience at Sonoma led me to recognize my desire to serve my home community, as so many of you do, and I felt I could not pass on the opportunity when multiple positions opened,” he said.

The SVHS school community is being asked to complete a survey regarding the skills desired in the next principal of SVHS.

The district has also scheduled several community engagement meetings to identify criteria and qualifications needed for the next principal.

• Thursday, May 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

• Friday, May 31, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

• Monday, June 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

• Wednesday, June 5, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The community engagement meetings will be held in the College & Career Center at SVHS are open to students, parents, staff, and community members.

Ferrer said that Mori will identify students, parents, and community leaders from various groups associated with SVHS to participate in the selection process to either paper screen applications or serve on an interview panel.

Anyone interested in applying or serving on an interview panel should contact Terri Hernandez, CSEA president; Renea Magnani, VMTA co-president; or Cheryl Coldiron, VMTA co-president.

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