Two top staffers leave Coast Unified schools

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 11, 2013 

Two top staffers at Coast Unified School District have moved on.

John Calandro has left his job as principal of Santa Lucia Middle School in Cambria to become principal at Laguna Middle School in San Luis Obispo.

In an unrelated move, Coast Unified Assistant Superintendent Karl Dearie “has left the district,” according to Superintendent Chris Adams.

Adams said, “We wish him well. Karl did good work.” He said legal advisers counseled him not to comment further about Dearie’s exit.

Attempts by The Tribune to reach Dearie for comment were unsuccessful.

Calandro, an energetic, tech-savvy principal hired by Coast Unified in March 2009, fills a San Luis Coastal Unified School District position left vacant when Diane Frost became executive director of student support services.  

Coast Unified has tapped Kyle Martin of Cambria to fill its middle school post. Martin was added to the district staff in 2012 as a resource specialist. He had been assistant principal of Grizzly Youth Academy in San Luis Obispo.

“We’re going to miss his energy and enthusiasm, his perspective,” Adams said of Calandro. “He definitely put the kids first. But we’re happy for him” in his new position “and we’re excited to have Kyle leading the middle school.”

Calandro is vacationing and couldn’t be reached to comment.

Martin said his predecessor “leaves big shoes to fill. I knew him way back when, and was so happy to have the chance” to work with him at Santa Lucia. 

Calandro also taught at Grizzly Youth Academy at one time.

Each Santa Lucia student is issued an iPad onto which texts, lesson assignments, homework and other study-related data can be loaded. 

Former Coast Union High School Principal Dearie became Coast Unified’s assistant superintendent in charge of human resources, business services and the district’s finances in February 2012. He was earning $126,172 a year.

Some of Dearie’s job involved tasks handled by former district Business Services Manager Sharon “Cookie” Henslin, who retired in 2012. She has returned temporarily to her former job, until a replacement can be hired.


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