LUSD board picks in­terim prin­ci­pal for Lodi High

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Af­ter Bob Lof­sted re­tired as prin­ci­pal of Lodi High School, the Lodi Uni­fied School Dis­trict on Mon­day ap­pointed some­one to tem­po­rar­ily fill the va­cant seat.

With Ge­orge Neely as the only trustee ab­sent, the school board voted 6-0 dur­ing a closed ses­sion on Mon­day to name Adam Auer­bach as in­terim prin­ci­pal of Lodi High School ef­fec­tive July 1. Auer­bach cur­rently serves as vice prin­ci­pal of Tokay High School, and be­fore that served as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Lodi High.

Dozens of Tokay High teach­ers and par­ents at­tended a pub­lic com­ment sec­tion be­fore the closed ses­sion, be­liev­ing that the school board was plan­ning to shuf­fle sev­eral high school ad­min­is­tra­tors — in­clud­ing Tokay Prin­ci­pal Erik Sand­strom — in or­der to fill the Lodi High va­cancy.

Board Mem­ber Ron He­berle said they were mis­in­formed, as the board never con­sid­ered trans­fer­ring any high school prin­ci­pals to other school sites.

“They kind of jumped the gun a lit­tle bit,” He­berle said. “All it was is that we had an open ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tion at Lodi High that we have to fill, and we did.”

The school board only votes on per­son­nel mat­ters that in­volve pro­mo­tions or job changes, He­berle said. If a school ad­min­is­tra­tor were to move to an­other school but keep the same job, he said, the de­ci­sion would rest with Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Cathy Ni­chols-Washer.

He­berle was also quick to dis­pel ru­mors that the 9 a.m. meet­ing time was cho­sen in an at­tempt to pre­vent par­ents and teach­ers from protest­ing. In­stead, the meet­ing time was cho­sen as it worked best with all the board mem­bers’ sched­ules, he said.

“We wanted to get to­gether as early as pos­si­ble to give ev­ery­body the ear­li­est no­ti­fi­ca­tion we can,” He­berle said.

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