New interim vice principal named at Amador Valley

John Whitney fills short-term role; principal recruitment continues

Retired Pleasanton Middle School principal John Whitney joined Amador Valley High's leadership team as an interim vice principal this week to assist while the high school transitions principals.

The announcement Tuesday came as Amador Valley searches for a new principal with Tom Drescher's resignation set to take effect at the end of June.

Whitney, who retired in 2013, joined the high school's staff "to provide additional support to the current administration team" until June 30, district spokesman Patrick Gannon said, declining to elaborate further.

In a letter to Amador Valley parents Tuesday afternoon, district officials said, "Whitney will be stepping in through the end of the year to assist in the many critical activities for the last part of the school year."

Dianne Howell, assistant superintendent of human resources, said the new principal is expected to be announced at the April 19 meeting of the Pleasanton school board, along with a new superintendent and a permanent principal for Walnut Grove Elementary School.

Last week, six parents attended a district-hosted forum meant to give community members a chance to share their thoughts on the key attributes they'd like to see in the next Amador Valley principal.The small group of parents at the March 23 forum said they want a new principal who is approachable, technologically minded and financially savvy.

Parents interested in providing input on the principal search can email district officials at


23 people like this
Posted by Simply Put
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

Thank you, Mr Hansen and Mr Whitney for caring. Thank goodness for your leadership!

13 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

I've worked with John Whitney on a few projects. He is well respected by all. I have nothing but praise for him.

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