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MVUSD Appoints Permanent Principals for 5 Schools

The appointments were approved Thursday by the governing board of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

Steve Ellis (Photo: MVUSD)
Steve Ellis (Photo: MVUSD)

Five Murrieta educators who had been serving as interim principals since the start of this school year were appointed to serve in the positions permanently.

The Murrieta Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted during its regular meeting Thursday to appoint Brent Coley (Alta Murrieta Elementary); Jennifer Randel (Buchanan Elementary); Pam Picchiottino (Monte Vista Elementary); Howard Dimler (Dorothy McElhinney Middle School); and Steve Ellis (Murrieta Mesa High School) permanent principals at their respective schools.  

Following a recent online survey of parents and school staff, it was evident that they have each earned the respect and admiration of students, staff and parents, according to Karen Parris, district spokeswoman.

On Friday, a message from MVUSD Superintendent Pat Kelley was sent to parents of students at the schools.

“These administrators have proven that they are effective and caring school leaders who are dedicated to the continued success of the students and staff at the schools they serve,” Kelley said in the message.

“I am confident that they will continue to do an outstanding job of leading their school communities.”

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