Gunn High School's longtime assistant principal, Tom Jacoubowsky, will be moving to Jordan Middle School this fall to serve as interim principal following Principal Greg Barnes' resignation, the school district announced Wednesday.
Barnes, a former life sciences teacher who came to the district from Foster City, has been Jordan's principal since 2011. He resigned to take a post as director of secondary education in the Milpitas Unified School District.
Jacoubowsky's 14-year tenure at Gunn includes time as both assistant principal and previously, athletic director. He said in a district press release Wednesday that he has for the past few years wanted "to explore the possibility of being a secondary principal, and the opportunity to be one for the coming school year and to stay in the District to serve at Jordan is an incredible opportunity."
Superintendent Max McGee commended Jacoubowsky in the press release for "his positive presence, his leadership of the counseling program, and his commitment to clear and frequent communication."
Terman Middle School Assistant Principal Tonya Bailey has also been tapped to serve as an interim principal in the fall at Palo Verde Elementary School. Bailey comes with 12 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and also served as assistant principal previously at an elementary school in the Evergreen School District in San Jose.
"Both Palo Verde and Jordan are highly regarded for both their academic success and for the quality of care and support for students' mental health and wellness," McGee said in the release. "Our two new leaders will enable us to build on the strong foundation and to strengthen programs and services while retaining the family feel of and parental support for each school."
Palo Verde Principal Anne Brown will be moving to the same position at Barron Park this fall as part of a larger elementary-school leadership shuffle announced this spring.
Barron Park Principal Magdalena Fittoria will become a district-based special projects administrator, tasked with supporting the implementation of the recommendations from the superintendent's Minority Achievement and Talent Development committee and with an expansion of the district's Response to Intervention (RTI) program, a tiered process meant to provide early identification and support for struggling students.
El Carmelo Principal Chuck Merritt will become the principal at Escondido Elementary School and also serve as the district's world languages administrator, a new position covering pre-K through high school; and Escondido Principal Danae Reynolds will become the principal at El Carmelo.