Galt High School's principal has been reassigned to a newly created position within the district.
Charles Howell, hired as the school's principal two years ago, has been named "administrator on special assignment." He will be assigned to Estrellita and Liberty Ranch high schools as recommended by Superintendent Daisy Lee.
However, it is not clear what the job duties will entail, as officials have offered no explanation except to say that it is a personnel issue. The item was discussed in closed session at last week's school board meeting.
"I welcome Mr. Howell's service to our district in his new role," Lee said in a written statement. She is on vacation and could not be reached for further comment.
Trustees also reassigned two other administrators. Longtime Galt High Vice Principal Maria Orr will take Howell's place at least temporarily. She will be joined by new full-time assistant Principal Kelly Beck.
Howell's salary will change only due to an automatic step increase, not due to the change in assignment, from $129,633 annually, including benefits, to $132,892, for an increase of $3,259, according to a staff report.
Orr, who is currently at the top of the vice principal salary schedule, will receive a raise in the form of an interim principal salary, plus benefits, for the 2011-12 school year of $123,203, up from her vice principal salary, including benefits of $117,337, an increase of $5,867.
Beck, who has been serving as a part-time vice principal at Estrellita High School, will also receive a salary raise along with her promotion to fulltime vice principal for Galt High. Beck's former salary of $98,906 annually, including benefits, will be raised to $104,252, an increase of $5,346 due to her promotion.
Howell and Orr also released statements through e-mail sent districtwide.
"The staff, students and parents have made this brief experience enjoyable and rewarding," Howell wrote.
"I don't think I have ever worked with such an amazing group of young people in my 27 years in education. It is my hope that I have touched their lives as much as they have touched mine.
"My future holds new challenges, new duties and responsibilities. I want to assure you, the stakeholders of GJUHSD, that I will do everything in my power to continue to support GHS and the district in my new position."
At the Galt High's graduation ceremony just weeks ago, Howell said he was looking forward to leading the campus through its centennial year.
Orr's statement addressed the upcoming school year and her focus on curriculum and providing support services.
"We will have opportunities to learn from our challenges and to develop long-term and short-term goals to address the academic needs of our students," Orr wrote. "We will also laugh a lot. Our goal is to continue to promote our relationships as a GHS family."
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