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Lodi Unified School District board appoints Dawn Vetica as new assistant superintendent

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:32 am, Wed May 16, 2012.

Dawn Vetica was appointed as the new assistant superintendent of secondary education at the Lodi Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday.

"She wears a lot of hats," said board president Ron Heberle. "She's kind of a 'Jaqueline of all trades.'"

Vetica has worked in the district for about 23 years in several positions. She's been a teacher, a middle school principal, president of the LUSD Administrators Association and an overseer of beforeand afterschool programs at district sites.

She currently manages intervention and afterschool enrichment programs for the district, and also works with curriculum planning.

The position was posted statewide and closed in early April.

"We've been getting an unusually high number of applications for administrative positions," said Heberle. "I don't know if it's the economy or people looking for promotions."

Vetica's start date for the new job has yet to be announced. She was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

Vetica's salary for her new job is not yet known. Former assistant superintendent of secondary education Bill Atterberry earned an annual salary of $135,421.

Director of personnel Mike McKilligan was not available for comment.

Odie Douglas, the current assistant superintendent of secondary education, is making no secret of his search for administrative jobs outside of Lodi Unified.

He was hired in 2005 from Elk Grove Unified School District as the associate superintendent. But his job was changed to assistant supervisor for middle and high schools when the associate position was eliminated in 2010.

Douglas has applied to other superintendent and assistant superintendent positions, though he has not yet decided where he will be working next year. He said he will have something certain to announce in a few weeks.

Douglas was surprised with an award of excellence from Irene Outlaw, former principal of Delta Sierra Middle School, during Tuesday's meeting.

She said Lodi Unified has a visionary leader with the integrity to stick to his principles.

"It gives me a sense of comfort to know that he's here," she said. "We respect, appreciate and honor him."

Douglas was presented with a plaque for what Outlaw called his outstanding leadership and mental toughness.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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  • Betty Dean posted at 1:41 pm on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    In my opinion Yes. If I had children in LUSD I would be very concerned with the integrity of its leaders.
    I dont care how many degree's you hold, you add alcohol and people make very bad decisions or foggy decisions at the least As far as I am concerned that would make herunqualified in my opinion.
    Do your own investigation and come up with your own opinion. Would you let a Dr. operate on you if he/she were drunk?? I would think not.

  • Christina Welch posted at 1:51 pm on Fri, May 18, 2012.

    Lodi 1970 Posts: 85

    So it is your claim that Dawn Vetica is a drunk? Is that why you consider her unqualified? That would definitely make for a bad role model, indeed! But, she may otherwise be well-qualified for the job. I'd really like more details on this, as a parent of a child who will be going through the LUSD system.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:52 pm on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jeff Tillett stated to Betty... Betty, you want us to listen to your opinions about education? Try learning to spell. *your, *too, *too, etc. I let moost slide... then stated... Also, as to the award Douglas, correct spelling, received, try reading the article.

    Clearly, Mr Tillett was suggesting that one should not listen to Betty's ideas and opinions simply because of technical errors. He then treats her with disrespect by stating she should read the article she had already read.

    Now Mr Tillet is talking about irony... humm... the term disingenuous comes to mind.
    You would think a professional educator would be more appreciative of various levels of education and encourage people to participate in forums to express opinion regardless of ability to articulate one's thoughts.

  • Betty Dean posted at 10:22 am on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    So I presume you have never witnessed her falling off the barstool? Well, I have. I cannot beleive that LUSD would appoint her to the number two position for LUSD.
    She is a horrible example of what a School District should represent. Maybe a winery??

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 9:04 am on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 531

    Betty, I understand... but you do have to see the irony in it...

  • shelly reed posted at 6:42 am on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Shelly Reed Posts: 4

    I know Dawn will do a wonderful job! I have never seen her be anything BUT professional

  • Betty Dean posted at 10:28 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Darrell, Thank's, he is a Teacher and knows no better. I am educated my laptop is having problems.
    It is typing double letters and some , not at all.
    I am a stickler on spelling,not so much in this forum. The "moost" he refers to is somthing my computer is doing on it's own!
    I was typing too fast and didnt look bfore I sent it. He is extremely Petty and so is Dawn. This is why I do not feel she should have been appointed Asst Sup.
    She is NOT a good role model and is NOT a good for LUSD.
    That's my opinion.
    Goodnite all

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:11 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jeff...you are supposed to be an objective teacher. If you want people to believe you are objective, maybe you should stop quoting far left wing publications and media when making points on various threads.

    I did not appreciate the content of Ms Dean's posts,but her spelling is irrelevant in an opinion forum like this. This should be about a person's ideas,thoughts and perspectives.

    Unfortunately, you want to discredit her thoughts by pointing out technical errors. Sad that a teacher would consider that appropriate in a forum designed to encourage and foster community interaction by expressing opinions regardless of their level of education.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:05 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Betty...thank you for expressing your opinion. I am not sure I agree with you, but I appreciate that you care to express what you think. Please ignore Jeff and post more of what you think.

  • Betty Dean posted at 9:48 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Josh, I was refering to Dawn's appointment. There are so many more qualified canidates within LUSD.
    Mr.Atterbury was appointed to the Adult School because of the budget.

  • Betty Dean posted at 9:30 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    "She's kind of a 'Jaqueline of all trades.'" This is a true statement.

  • Betty Dean posted at 9:27 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Jeff, thanks for the English lesson. I am actually having problems with my keyboard.
    I do know my to, too's and two's. You must be a Teacher, I would presume?
    I cannot beleive that Bill would be happy where he is at because he was assigned there.
    I cant even comment about what the word on the street is, how she get promoted
    I will watch LUSD sink further and further.She is a waste.
    Her INTEGRITY level is ZERO. But hey, thanks for the English lesson!
    1) There are two swan's.
    2 ) Can I go to school Mommy?
    3) I want to go with you too.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 8:59 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 531

    Betty, you want us to listen to your opinions about education? Try learning to spell. *your, *too, *too, etc. I let moost slide...

    Also, as to the award Douglas, correct spelling, received, try reading the article. As to Bill Atterberry, word on the street is that he didn't apply. I believe he is happy where he is.

  • Betty Dean posted at 7:23 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Bob, I lost your email if you would like too shoot me an email. I will elaborate.

  • Betty Dean posted at 7:20 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Josh, what award are you talking about to Douglass? Looks too me as if they added another high paid position with a LOW budget person.This position was held by Bill Atterbury, why didnt they put him back into his former position.
    Bob, I assure you I DO know her and she is horrible.The moost Unprofessional Employee within LUSD.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 4:55 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Betty Dean,
    You obviously don't know a thing about Dawn Vetica. Perhaps you should do just a tad more research before you place labels on people you know nothing about.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 3:29 pm on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Betty, could you please explain. Are you talking about the appointment of Ms. Vetica or the award to Mr. Douglas?

  • Betty Dean posted at 8:59 am on Wed, May 16, 2012.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Bad move LUSD! What are you thinking? Oh that's right your not! Any integrity LUSD ever had is now gone....



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