Thursday, May 13, 2010

New principal for Danville's Monte Vista High named

DANVILLE — Janet Terranova, principal of the San Ramon Valley school district's Venture Independent Study School, has been named the new principal of Monte Vista High in Danville.

The San Ramon Valley school board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve her new job, and her replacement, district spokesman Terry Koehne said.

Terranova has been principal at Venture, located in San Ramon, for two years. She started teaching in the district in 1987, and spent four years as president of the San Ramon Valley Education Association teachers union before entering administration as assistant principal at California High School in San Ramon

She has teaching credentials and a master's degree from the University of San Diego, and an administrative credential from Cal State Hayward, now Cal State East Bay.

During the same meeting the board approved appointing Matt Hermann, an educator for 27 years, to replace Terranova at Venture, according to the district. He has been principal at Montair Elementary School in Alamo since 2000. The two will start their new jobs in July and the district will begin looking for his replacement.

Terranova will be the permanent replacement for Rebecca Smith, who had been principal at Monte Vista since 1996, before being placed in administrative leave in the fall after an incident in which a student felt threatened by Smith with an Airsoft pistol. The board later decided to reassign her. No decision has been made on offering her a job, Koehne said.

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