Enrollment loss leads to admin
by Bret Bradigan
Effects of shrinking enrollment at Ojai Unified School District
has shrunk the teaching staff by 11 positions, and now the administration
has suffered its own contraction.
District Superintendent Van Riley announced Thursday that John
LeSuer, interim principal at Meiners Oaks Elementary School since
Patric Peake's departure last fall, will return to teaching next
Dr. Marty Babayco will step into the breach at Meiners Oaks,
while Doug Becker, principal at San Antonio School, will also
assume Babayco's duties as principal at Summit School. Dr. Babayco's
other title, director of special projects, will be assumed by
Steve Olsen, principal of Chaparral Continuation High School.
"I am confident that the new roles for Marty, Steve and
Doug will move the district in a positive direction, programmatically
and fiscally," said Riley, noting that one fewer administrative
position will save the district $108,000 in salary and benefits.
This reduces the district's administrators from 15 to 14.
Ojai Unified School District's enrollment declined 130 this year,
is expected to decline 189 next year, and 1,000 during the next
decade. This dropoff is attributed to a number of factors, with
Ventura Unified School District's strict ban on interdistrict
transfers and fewer families with children moving into the district
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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