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Goleta School District Hires New Principal for La Patera

By Goleta Union School District |

The Goleta Union School District Board of Trustees took action Wednesday night to hire Dr. Ricardo Araiza as the district’s newest principal.

Dr. Araiza will be assigned to La Patera Elementary School beginning this August, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Patricia Santiago, who has been principal there since 2006.

Dr. Araiza is currently serving in his fourth year as principal at Foothill Elementary School in the Pittsburg Unified School District in Pittsburg, Calif. He was selected from a strong pool of more than 30 candidates after a combination of staff and community input sessions, rigorous interviews and a comprehensive validation process.

He will be introduced to the GUSD community on May 15, when he will have the opportunity to meet La Patera staff and parents. He will participate in a district administrators’ meeting and later attend the regular meeting of the GUSD Board of Trustees.

“I believe Dr. Araiza will be a strong match for the community and school,” GUSD Superintendent William Banning said. “His experience and personal attributes are a close match to the desired characteristics expressed by members of the staff and community who participated in our input sessions last week. He has a solid track record of improving student achievement and building collegial relationships with his staff and community.

“We are very pleased to have a school leader of Ricardo’s calibre join the exceptional leaders of our district.”

» on 05.03.13 @ 01:21 PM

Why do we need to pay for an assistant principle, how many millions would the tax-payers save if we eliminated that wasteful position. Government needs to understand with computers you don’t need so many people.

» on 05.03.13 @ 04:39 PM

Who said they are hiring Dr. Araiza for Assistant Principal?  This appears to be La Patera’s new Principal.  I don’t see the word “assistant” anywhere in the story.  Just because you hate the public sector, resentful taxpayer, doesn’t mean you can just start making stuff up.  We know what you’re on here every day to do but your ridiculous comments aren’t fooling anyone.  If you think you’re going to turn everyone against public services, sorry, that’s not going to work.  Many services should not just be provided (if at all) exclusively by for profit private companies.  Coming on here berating the Goleta school district for hiring a principal and suggesting they use a computer instead, just like most of your other comments on Noozhawk, just makes you look foolish and a poster the rest of the community can ignore.

» on 05.03.13 @ 05:49 PM

I just asked a simple question? I hope we can find waste in our schools so we can pour it back into the kids.I know all you care about are the Government unions, and your high pay and perks $$.

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