Barbara Worth Junior High has administration changes

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Ron Garcia

BRAWLEY –New administration will walk the halls of Barbara Worth Junior High School this fall as the board approved the hiring of a new principal and vice principal.

Terri Mason, past principal of De Anza Magnet School and a San Diego State University graduate will take the helm with the assist of Brawley native Andy Burnett in the VP position.

Mason was one of many applicants for the job. She will be overseeing the campus as it adds several features including the much anticipated new gym and large shade structures for the P.E. classes.

Superintendent Ron Garcia said with the retirement of Vice Principal Bob Laughrin and the resignation of Principal Bryn O’Donnell due to health issues presented a chance to reorganize the top administrative levels. “In the past we had one principal and two vice-principals that both reported to the principal. We changed the structure and added a new position, Dean of Students, and deleted the second vice principal slot.  The Dean of Students will report to the vice principal and the vice principal will report to the principal. It is a cleaner chain of command.”

The Dean of Students will be Brian Taylor. He previously held the title of vice principal at Barbara Worth. Taylor will provide instructional support and help with discipline.

Andy Burnett moves over from the Brawley Union High School District where he both worked as a program director and taught at the renaissance Community Day High School. While there, Burnett reorganized the alternative education program’s structure and curriculum and created a community service program for the students in collaboration with the principal and Imperial County Office of Education.

Superintendent Garcia wished past principal O’Donnell well and looks forward to the coming school year with the new team already at the site preparing for the soon to open school gates.

Long negotiated pay raises for the teachers and supporting staff were also approved at the last board meeting. The board agreed to a 4% raise retroactive to the beginning of the past school year. 2% is on salary, meaning the raise in computed into future automatic raises that don’t have to be negotiated, and 2% of the raise is off salary, meaning it is a raise only and not computed into future steps and columns.

Superintendent Garcia also will receive a pay raise that will be tied into his yearly evaluations. If the board gives Garcia a satisfactory grade he will automatically receive a 2% raise.

Garcia said the evaluations use to fall at the end of the school year, but with his being re-hired mid-term, the evaluations recently have fallen around December.