With just days away from the first day of school, Terra Nova parents were surprised last week by some major administration changes happening at the school high.
For starters, Jonathan Ferrer unexpectedly resigned as principal.
"Mr. Ferrer was stirring it up and doing good for our community," says Terra Nova parent Colleen Standley. "Much to the dislike of some local families, and I suspect our school board," she adds.
Dorene Basuino (formerly Lotti) will fill his shoes.
“I am honored to be selected to lead the school for the 2012-13 year,” writes Basuino in a letter to the school community on the Terra Nova website.
Basuino comes to the position with roots in Pacifica running “very deep,” she writes. Not only did she graduate from Terra Nova, she was hired as the Attendance Supervisor for Terra Nova in 2001. After earning her Masters in Administration, she was appointed the Vice Principal of Administration at Terra Nova. For the past two years she has been Principal of Thornton High School.
Joining Basuino on her administration team is tenured English teacher and department chair, Matthew Hill, as Vice Principal of Administration and Gwendolyn Rehling, Vice Principal of Guidance. Rehling has had seven years of teaching experience, including three as an instructional coach and five years of administrative experience.
Erick Kramers, a math and French teacher within the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) for more than 20 years, will be Dean of Students.
JUHSD superintendent Tom Minshew is optimistic with the change.
"The transition ahs been smooth so far, and I am confident that the administrative team selected will be a positive one for the school,” said Minshew.
Want to meet the new faces of Terra Nova? Today from 4 to 6 p.m. Terra Nova’s new administrative team will be in the cafeteria, making introductions and answering any questions.