JM principal will be next Moraga superintendent

Moraga's next superintendent will be a familiar face.

The Moraga School District Governing Board has named Bruce Burns, currently the principal at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, the district's next superintendent, effective July 1.

Burns will replace Rick Schafer, who is retiring after more than 10 years.

"I am very excited and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the students in our district, and, with the district's strong foundation of student success, build upon their many achievements," Burns said in a statement.

Burns, who has been in education for 24 years, has been with the Moraga district since 1996, when he helped reopen Los Perales Elementary School and served as that school's principal. He became principal of Joaquin Moraga Intermediate in 2007.

Before coming to Moraga, Burns spent 10 years as a teacher and administrator in the Stockton Unified School District.

— Jonathan Morales

School boards select new leadership

The Acalanes school board elected Vanessa Crews to be the 2010 board president at its meeting Wednesday.

Crews was the board clerk in 2009. She replaces outgoing board President Kathy Coppersmith.

Tom Mulvaney was elected to be the board clerk for 2010.


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In the Moraga School District, Lisa Evans was elected board president. Evans was the board vice president in 2009.

Dennis Kelleher was elected vice president for 2010.

— Jonathan Morales

Interim budget report paints bleak picture

Things are bad and could get worse, according to the budget picture being painted by the Acalanes school district.

The district is facing $2.6 million in budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year and another $2.6 million for the 2011-12 school year, according to the district's state-required first interim budget report, presented to the school board Wednesday.

That's before any midyear cuts that could come from the state in the coming months.

The majority of the cuts come from staff reductions. The district is projecting it will have to eliminate 31 full-time positions, including 16 teachers, in 2010-11 and another 23 full-time positions, including 13 teachers, in 2011-12.

The interim report "does not paint a picture that anyone is happy with," Superintendent John Stockton told the board Wednesday.

And in a message to the community Tuesday, he said, "Insolvency is not an option. The district must make many difficult decisions for the long-term welfare of the educational community."

— Jonathan Morales

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