Penn Valley Union School District names new superintendent |

Penn Valley Union School District names new superintendent

The Penn Valley Union School District board of trustees voted to approve the contract for their new superintendent Angela Haick Wednesday, after contract negotiations with Haick were agreed upon earlier this week.

“She has a deep background in education, is an enthusiastic leader, and is someone we think will be a great fit for our district,” board president Carolyn Bronson said. “We thank the community and board members for guiding our decision.”

The board began their search for a new superintendent in March, when then superintendent Debra Sandoval put in her request to retire in order to spend more time with her husband who suffered an accident earlier this year.

Board member Tina Skrukrud said Haick’s interview for the position “was like a breath of fresh air.”

“We’re excited, she’s a very exciting person,” Skrukrud said. “She has a doctorate degree, two master’s degrees, and she has some very interesting ideas to bring to the district.”

Skrukrud and Bronson negotiated the terms of Haick’s contract on Tuesday, giving her a three-year contract with an annual salary of $112,000 effective July 30, 2014 through June 30, 2017. Skrukrud said Haick was a principal at a Santa Clara juvenile hall facility, never having served as a district superintendent in her career.

“Also 65 percent of her students are taking college degree courses or job training programs, which is pretty unusual for juvenile hall students,” said Skrukrud.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School principal Teena Corker said she has already met Haick, and that she is looking forward to working with her.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start,” Corker said. “New ideas, someone who can come in and be a great leader, someone who’s open and trustworthy, and ready to get right in all of it. We met yesterday and worked with her for a couple of hours at our first administrative meeting and I’m going to enjoy working with her, she’s a very positive person.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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