BRENTWOOD -- Hundreds of students returning to school next week will discover there's a new face in the principal's office.

Brentwood Union School District trustees on Wednesday introduced the top administrator at Loma Vista Elementary School.

Chris Calabrese has taken over the reins at that site, where he has been working since July 9.

Calabrese replaces Lauri James, who transferred to district headquarters, where she is working in the curriculum and instruction department.

James had served as Loma Vista's principal since it opened 14 years ago but was placed on administrative leave when an investigation into a student abuse case found that she didn't notify police by the state-mandated deadline.

This latest career move is a return to the familiar for Calabrese: He not only graduated from Liberty High School but he also began his teaching career on that campus.

After earning his administrative credentials, Calabrese moved to Brentwood Union to serve as assistant principal at Loma Vista and Garin elementary schools as well as at Edna Hill Middle School.

For the past five years, he has been an elementary school principal in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

Calabrese lives in Brentwood with his wife and three children.

He can be reached at 925-513-6395 or by email at ccalabrese@brentwood.k12.ca.us.

Another new principal in the district this year is Samy D'Amico, who is in charge at Pioneer Elementary.

He is replacing Rusty Ehrlich, who is now vice principal at Edna Hill Middle School.

D'Amico has 17 years of experience as a principal and most recently spent 11 years in Lammersville Unified School District in Mountain House.

He also has worked for Antioch Unified School District and in the Aurora, Colo., public schools system.

D'Amico has lived in Brentwood with his wife and five children for 11 years. The family has been involved in scouting and swim organizations.

D'Amico can be contacted at 925-513-6415 or by email at sdamico@brentwood.k12.ca.us.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.