Some Donlon Elementary School parents, guardians and teachers met with district staff Monday and emphasized they wanted longevity with the school's next principal.
The 15 people who attended an informal meeting at the school Monday evening said they want a principal who will stay put, a contentious issue since the school has had five principals since 2009.
Lynnette Chirrick recently resigned as the school's principal to take a job in the city of Alameda's Unified School District. She announced her resignation to parents and guardians in a newsletter posting last Thursday.
Mark McCoy, the district's director of human resources, told the group gathered yesterday that the district plans to have a principal in place for the coming 2015-16 school year that starts next month. Qualified candidates will meet with panels of district staff, school staff, parents and PTA members, among others, who will provide recommendations about which candidates show promise.
The district has received inquiries in the position from several strong candidates already, he told parents.
Those who attended Monday's meeting also said they hoped Donlon's new principal would be familiar with running a large elementary school, have strong ties to the Pleasanton community, have a warming influence toward students and be visible and available to students and parents.
They also hoped he or she will build communication between teachers and school administration, respond to urgent inquiries, be familiar with the Individualized education program and emphasize a relationship with the special education community, among other attributes.
Vintage Hills Elementary School is also searching for a new principal.