David Linzey, who is expected to replace Ralf Swenson as superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, has been in the hunt for similar job and gets mostly positive marks from students.
“Linzey is the best principal ever,” said one student on ratemyteachers.com, when he was principal at Huntington Beach High four years ago. “He is not just a suit — he puts students first.”
On the other hand, Linzey did rile some students. “He took away our gum,” said one student. “Not cool.”
No gum policies are not uncommon on high-school campuses.
Linzey has been a consultant at the Lynwood Unified School District, near South Gate and Compton in the L.A. basin; chief academic officer for the Alliance for College Ready Schools, as well as principal at Huntington Beach High and Diamond Ranch High in Pomona.
In October 2009, he was one of six finanists for superintendent of the Pomona Unified High School District.
“Returning to the district would be ‘a natural progression of my career,’ he said,” according to Pomona Now.
Another candidate, Pomona’s interim superintendent Richard Martinez, was chosen instead.
During Linzey’s tenure with The Alliance, several of the schools under its management have made significant advancement in raising their academic performance index scores, some going on to become California Distinguished Schools.
An email about Linzey’s choice went out to district staff people on Monday morning. There was no information posted for parents on the school’s website, however.
NUHS faces declining enrollment and low test scores with some groups of students.
Linzey’s hire is contingent on salary negotiations.
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