Nevada Joint Union High School District promotes Ghidotti principal to new position |

Nevada Joint Union High School District promotes Ghidotti principal to new position

Ghidotti Early College High School and North Point Academy Principal Melissa Madigan has been hired by the Nevada Joint Union High School District as director of educational and pupil services.
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Melissa Madigan, the current principal of Ghidotti Early College High School and North Point Academy, has been named the director of educational and pupil services for the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

District Superintendent Louise Johnson announced Madigan’s hire at Wednesday night’s meeting of the district’s board of trustees; Madigan is set to make an annual salary of $111,807 in the position.

“She’s a fabulous educator and we’re really proud to have her on our staff in this new way,” Johnson said.

In her role, Madigan will be responsible for overseeing the district’s instructional programs and curriculum development. She’ll also coordinate the district’s assessment and accountability programs and serve as the principal of the district’s adult school.

Madigan said the timing felt right to explore the change, and she felt confident in taking the next step in her career.

“Both North Point and Ghidotti support lifelong learning in students and staff, and I feel really supported by both (schools’) staff in taking on a new role within the district.”

Madigan is stepping into a recently created position. Many of the responsibilities assigned to the director of educational and pupil services were previously handled by Trisha Dellis in her role as the assistant superintendent of personnel and pupil services.

Dellis, in July, accepted a position as the superintendent of the Nevada City School District.

Upon Dellis’ departure, the district chose to restructure the position, focusing it primarily around curriculum and pupil services and removing the personnel responsibilities.

Johnson said a total of 10 candidates were interviewed by both Johnson and a panel of 13 stakeholders, which included district parents, teachers and administrators.

She said the hiring committee was impressed with Madigan’s work developing the independent study program at North Point Academy, as well as with the scores achieved by students at both North Point and Ghidotti on the state’s high school exit exam.

Johnson also noted Madigan’s experience serving on the district’s expulsion and attendance mediation panels; as director of educational and pupil services, Madigan will be responsible for helping staff identify and design remediation programs for low-achieving students, and will also manage the district’s student attendance program and oversee the student expulsion and readmittance process.

“I think what really stood out to the panel and to me is her dedication and her commitment and her passion for students,” Johnson said. “And her compassion for struggling students as well as her ability to push high-achieving students to their highest level.”

Madigan will begin to assume some of her new duties immediately, but said her “primary focus” will be ensuring that the school year at Ghidotti and North Point starts off smoothly; school starts Aug. 19 at both schools.

The district will now turn its attention to filling the principal role at both Ghidotti and North Point. Johnson said she first plans to meet with staff at each school, which will help determine whether the district hires one person for both roles, or decides to hire separate people for each position, which is how the roles have been staffed in the past.

Johnson said she plans to “get (staff) input on what they need and how (the position) should look and how we can be more efficient and then we will post appropriately and go through an interview process again.”

She said the district hopes to have the position or positions filled by the end of September.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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