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Alternative schools to get new principals

John HartMaggie Deetz will take over as principal of Sierra Foothill High School in July.
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Nevada County’s two alternative high schools will soon have new principals.

Maggie Deetz, an assistant principal at Bear River High School in the south county, will take the helm at Sierra Foothill High School in Grass Valley in July.



Duane Triplett, an assistant principal at Nevada Union High School, is scheduled to become principal of Silver Springs High School near Grass Valley in July.




“We chose what we thought were the best candidates for the job,” said Joe Boeckx, Nevada Joint Union High School superintendent.

Deetz and Triplett said they will take a wait-and-see approach before making any changes.

“I know these alternatives have excellent teachers who really care about the kids,” Deetz said Wednesday.

Extremely bright students attend Sierra Foothill, Deetz added, and the schools need to prepare the students for college as well as the workplace. “(The students) should be prepared to do either one.”

Deetz, 54, taught special education at the former Empire and Sierra Mountain high schools before joining the BRHS staff in 1986. Sierra Foothill is the former Sierra Mountain High School.

Returning to Sierra Foothill is like going home, said Deetz, who became a BRHS administrator in the early 1990s.

Triplett, 32, oversees more than 1,000 students at NU, a high school of about 2,800, where he is in charge of security.

Triplett is looking forward to working at a smaller school where, he said, he will be able to spend more time with the students.

“That, for me, is exciting,” said Triplett, who hopes to know all his students’ names as well as their parents’.

A NU and National University of Sacramento graduate, Triplett will succeed Earle Conway, who is retiring this year.

Deetz, a 1968 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, will replace Linda Campbell, Sierra Foothill’s head administrator.

“I really enjoyed working with the staff and the students at Sierra Foothill,” Campbell said Wednesday. Campbell, who had applied to become principal of the school, said she does not know what she will do next year.

The salary of an alternative high school principal ranges from $73,180 to $84,672, Boeckx said.


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