Paulding Middle School Principal Tom Butler has been named the next principal of Arroyo Grande High School.
Butler, who has led the middle school since 2009, will start at Arroyo Grande High in the fall, overseeing about 150 employees and 2,200 students. He succeeds Ryan Pinkerton, who has served as the high school’s principal since 2003. Pinkerton has accepted a job with the San Luis Coastal Unified School District as its director of personnel.
Butler’s move was announced Tuesday at a Lucia Mar Unified School District board meeting. He previously worked as principal of Oceano Elementary from 2004 to 2009.
“I am so excited that Tom will be the principal at our largest school,” Lucia Mar Superintendent Jim Hogeboom said in a statement. “He survived a very rigorous application and interview process to be recommended for the position, and we are very lucky to have him on our team.”
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The Lucia Mar district now has two principal positions available, at Paulding Middle and Branch Elementary schools.