Nevada Union Principal Dan Frisella to take position within high school district |

Nevada Union Principal Dan Frisella to take position within high school district

Dan Frisella has announced he will leave his position as principal at Nevada Union High School to accept a position within the Nevada Joint Union High School District administration.
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Nevada Union High School Principal Dan Frisella has announced he will leave his post to accept a position within the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

Frisella first announced his decision to the high school staff in an email Friday morning.

“After painstaking consideration, I have chosen to accept the position of Director of Educational and Pupil Services for NJUHSD … This is the most difficult decision I have made in my career in education,” Frisella wrote. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as principal of NU, and it is hard to walk away. Ultimately, I see great opportunity in serving our district leadership team, and, at the same time, I am confident that I can continue to lend leadership to NU.”

Frisella’s promotion within the district will place him in a position where he will be working with site principals to oversee student service programs, counseling, staff development, as well as discipline related issues. He will also continue to work heavily on the districts LCAP, or Local Control and Accountability Plan.

“There has been some good movement,” Frisella said by phone Friday morning. “We’ve seen good progress and really become cohesive over the past few years. Our staff isn’t too thrilled that this is happening, but it is the best thing for me and my family at this time.”

Frisella’s last day at the helm of NU is expected to be October 24 and Assistant Principal Kelly Rhoden will be placed in the interim position, pending board approval.

“Kelly is more liked than me on this campus, hands down,” Frisella said. “I’m comfortable that Kelly will be filling in the gaps in my absence.”

Frisella will be notifying the parents of his students later today, and wanted to assure the public that this decision was not forced upon him.

“This is all done voluntarily, I’m not abandoning the school,” he said.

Frisella began work in the principal position in July 2014, following a stint as an assistant principal at Nevada Union.

In recent years, the district has gone through several changes in the principal position. In 2011, the district transferred three of its administrators to new positions. Cathy Peterson, a longtime administrator at NU, was moved to Bear River High School. Mike Blake, who was then Park Avenue Alternative’s principal, was reassigned to Nevada Union to replace Marty Mathiesen, who took over at Park Avenue.

Mathiesen served as NU principal for seven years, the longest stint at NU since Kurt Stenderup’s 10 years came to an end in 1999. Frisella became the seventh principal hired at NU in just more than 15 years.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez, email or call 530-477-4230.

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