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News - November 30, 2012

Village High principal taking new job in Cupertino

Parents and students asked to participate in replacement process

by Glenn Wohltmann

Principal Greg Giglio is leaving Village High, the district's alternative school, after seven years at the helm to take a position as principal at Homestead High in Cupertino.

"It became an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Giglio said.

He expects to begin at the 2,400-student school in January, but added, "I'm not going to go until everything is in place here."

It's Giglio's 13th year in the district and seventh at Village. He spent two years as an English teacher at Amador Valley high, then became assistant principal under Bill Coupe, who retired in 2010.

Giglio replaced Kale Alderson who was hired as principal of Village in 2005 but left after one year.

He's been a popular principal during his time at Village, navigating the school through some tough times that include three suicides in five years, and good times, too.

"I'll miss the Thanksgiving feast, that's always been the greatest," Giglio said. "Every graduation has been special, kids who weren't going to make it in one way or another, clawing their way through."

In a letter to parents and students, Giglio said the process to find his replacement has already begun.

"As part of the process, the district would like to invite parents to participate by coming to a meeting on Thursday November 29 at 6 p.m. in the Village Multipurpose Room to discuss what qualities you would like to see in the next principal," Giglio's letter read. "Student feedback will be collected at a meeting on November 28."

The initial interview will be held Dec. 6, and will include district administrators, Village staff and parents.

"The final decision could possibly be made by mid-December, and I will begin working with the successful candidate to help make as smooth a transition as possible," Giglio said in his letter.

Those who were unable to attend the Nov. 29 meeting but would like to give input can contact Bill Faraghan, assistant superintendent of human resources, at 426-4348 or at


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