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New faces to lead our schools in coming year

The new school year in August will see some new faces in positions in some schools in western Nevada County.

Bear River, Sierra Foothill, and Silver Springs high schools will have new principals, while a new assistant superintendent for personnel and pupil services will begin at the Nevada Joint Union High School district.

Jim Nieto, the present assistant principal of Bear River High School, will become the school’s new principal on July 1. Nieto has been teaching since 1987 and has occupied administrative positions for the past four years.



“One of my goals is to develop professional learning communities, where teachers work in conjunction with each other within departments and cross departments to see what the needs of our students are and how we will work to provide them with those,” Nieto said.

Teaching Spanish for a number of years in San Francisco, Long Beach, and Seattle, Nieto thinks being in the position of a principal is “an honor, but it’s also a very huge responsibility.”




“I’m looking forward to it,” he said, ” and looking forward to working with parents and students and teachers and members of the community.”

Maggie Deetz, superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, said Nieto is popular with the staff and they are pleased with him as the new principal.

“Dave Wiik, who (has been) the principal for three years there, has decided to go back to the classroom and teach,” Deetz said. “When he made that decision, we interviewed for a principal and Jim Nieto was selected. He is a good listener whether he is listening to parents or students or staff. He has sound judgment. He’s a visionary – he is looking to the future on how education needs to change and he is very kind, thoughtful person. He’s a great team player and he loves what he does – teaching and kids. He loves working with young people.”

Once Nieto takes over as principal of Bear River, Tony Quiarte, presently an assistant principal at Nevada Union High School, will shift over to Bear River as a new assistant principal. Consequently, Nevada Union will advertise for the new opening.

Chris Stockdale, the principal of Adult Education and assistant principal of the Sierra Foothill High School and Silver Springs High School, will become the new principal of the Sierra Foothill High School and Silver Springs High School, effective July 1.

Stockdale has taught social studies and physical education and has run the extracurricular sports programs. He has been in an administrative position for the past two years.

“It (becoming a principal) means that all of my energy will be focused on running continuation high school with the emphasis to create a curriculum that has relevance to all of our students’ needs,” Stockdale said. “Right now the two schools are in the same building, but next year we will be in separate facilities on this campus, with two different programs addressing the different needs of our respective students.”

Aaron Rosander is the new assistant superintendent for personnel and pupil services at the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

“This position has been empty this year,” Deetz said. “We interviewed last year and didn’t find a qualified person for it. So I’ve been doing that job this year, as well. Basically what that job entails – the personnel part – is interviewing, hiring, anything that deals with employees, resolving complaints, giving advice, monitoring their contracts. The pupil services part handles all discipline and expulsion.”

Deetz said Rosander was selected because of his experience, energy and passion about education.

“He comes with all those experiences already, having been most recently the principal of Bret Harte High School in Amador,” Deetz said. “He was also a superintendent/principal in a small district before that. So having had the experience as the superintendent, he knows the job and comes right in and starts doing it.”

Deetz said Rosander will be a strong addition to the superintendent’s office and that she, Rosander and Karen Suenram, assistant superintendent, business, would make a great team.

“I am really excited to have him. He starts in July,” she added.

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To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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