Lucia Mar district to see staffing changes this fall

clambert@thetribunenews.comApril 12, 2013 

Several staffing changes will take place this fall in the Lucia Mar Unified School District, San Luis Obispo County’s largest district with 18 schools in South County.

Paul Jarvis, who took over as principal at Mesa Middle School in fall 2011, has decided to move to an administrative position within the district, though the exact job is still to be determined.

Jarvis, a district employee since 1985, has also worked at Arroyo Grande High School and as principal of Dana Elementary School.

He’ll be replaced at Mesa Middle by Andy Stenson, who has served as the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for nearly four years and has worked as a teacher, assistant principal at Judkins Middle School and principal at Fairgrove Elementary.

Stenson currently oversees state testing, summer school programs and serves as support for principals throughout the district. He also oversees a teacher training and evaluation program called the Teacher Advancement Program, which is currently in place at seven schools.

Stenson, 41, noted that he still has a lengthy career ahead with the district and wants to get more site-level experience and work with students and teachers on daily basis.

The district has posted the assistant superintendent job with a salary range of $115,589 to $135,272. The deadline to apply is April 22.

District administrators are also interviewing applicants for its student services director position, which will become vacant with the upcoming retirement of director Don Dennison, district spokeswoman Amy Jacobs said.

The district is also reviewing applications for an assistant principal position at Mesa Middle School, which came open after Marianne Foster indicated her intention to retire as of June 30. That job is expected to be filled in the next few weeks, Jacobs said.

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