Rotation of Principals Goes On as Planned

More than 20 Santiago Elementary School parents and students recently urged district trustees to keep their beloved Principal Nancy Blade from being reassigned to Rancho Canada Elementary School. Trustees voted 4 to 1 to retain the routine principal rotation.

Principals at seven of 26 Saddleback Valley Unified elementary schools are taking new assignments this fall.

“It gives people an opportunity to share their strengths and allows us to use people where we best need them,” Supt. Peter A. Hartman said.

Interviews for Blade’s successor at Santiago are set for July.


Parents and students said they had hoped the district might make an exception in the policy. But board members said if they made an exception that parents from other schools would demand the same.

Other new assignments: Judy Blankinship moves from Rancho Canada Elementary to Portola Hills Elementary; Sondra Morrow moves from Portola Hills Elementary to O’Neill Elementary; Colleen Wilson moves from O’Neill Elementary to La Madera Elementary; George Schroer moves from La Madera Elementary to Glen Yermo Elementary; Susan Navarro moves from Glen Yermo Elementary to Cielo Vista Elementary; Larry Callison moves from Cielo Vista Elementary to La Tierra Elementary. La Tierra Principal Mike Delaney retires this year after 30 years.