The Cambrian

Sison to leave Coast Union principal’s job

Jonathan Sison was named Coast Union High School’s principal in 2014. Under an agreement with the district, Sison will be placed on leave and a new principal will take the reins for the 2016-17 school year.
Jonathan Sison was named Coast Union High School’s principal in 2014. Under an agreement with the district, Sison will be placed on leave and a new principal will take the reins for the 2016-17 school year. File photo/special to The Cambrian

Coast Unified School District soon will be looking for a new principal for Coast Union High School.

According to a statement released to The Cambrian on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 21, by district Superintendent Vicki Schumacher and current principal Jonathan Sison, starting on July 5, Sison “will serve on paid leave as principal on special assignment” in the district.

The statement does not explain the reasons behind the action, nor what those special assignments might be. However, there have been some difficult issues at the school recently, ranging from an increase in failing grades (prompting a presentation to the school board earlier this month) to unsavory water in drinking fountains and stinky water in the showers.

The statement says Sison and the district “have entered into a settlement agreement, which outlines the terms of his agreed-upon resignation no later than June 30, 2017.”

He has been a strong supporter of student activities and athletics. Furthermore, he has become a positive member of the community.

Joint statement by Superintendent Vicki Schumacher and Principal Jonathan Sison

Sison has “served as the high school principal for the past two years,” the statement says. “He has made an impact on preparing students for college and career readiness. He has been a strong supporter of student activities and athletics. Furthermore, he has become a positive member of the community,” having moved to Cambria when he took the post. The district’s trustees and Schumacher “value the contributions that Dr. Sison has made to the district,” and they wish him “the best in his future endeavors.”

The district “will be initiating the process for hiring a new high school principal for the 2016-2017” school year, the statement concludes.

The Cambrian was unable to reach Sison and Schumacher before press deadline.

Coast did receive a silver medal in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of more than 21,000 high schools across the nation, including 683 in California.

In an announcement released April 20, Coast was ranked as No. 430 statewide and No. 2,278 in the U.S., based on students’ rate of participation and success at passing Advanced Placement tests and performance on state assessments, as well as how well the schools serve disadvantaged students, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

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