Interim principal named for Millennium charter – California News

Interim principal named for Millennium charter – California News

SALINAS >> Trustees with Millennium Charter High School have appointed a veteran educator to fill in as principal in an interim capacity.

Richard Diaz, a retired administrator with North Monterey County Unified School District, will welcome students Wednesday on their first day of classes for the 2017-18 school year. He will remain on the job while trustees hire a permanent replacement.

“We don’t plan on him being (on the job) for the remainder of the year, it’s just a potential placeholder while we finish up this process,” Millennium Board President Jose Arreola said Tuesday, adding that it may take another month to hire a permanent principal. “It all depends on hiring issues.”

Diaz has a masters in educational counseling from San Jose State University and doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. According to his Linkedin profile, he has worked at North Monterey County Unified since 1994.

Diaz did not return a call seeking comment.

Millennium Charter High School is one of eight model demonstration sites in California for career technical education in the arts, media and entertainment pathway. It opened four years ago with the support of top county education officials and a state-of-the-art recording studio in the Media Center for Art, Education and Technology at the Monterey County Office of Education.

But it has struggled with leadership issues. The founding principal was placed on leave midway through the 2015-16 school year and later resigned. Michael Murphy, his replacement, took on the job May 2016 and resigned in July.

There’s also been high turnover on the school’s board and most…

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