MARTINEZ -- Former teacher and current administrator Jessica Conkle is the new principal of John Muir Elementary.
Conkle replaces Lauran Hawker, who resigned last week. Conkle was a fifth-grade teacher at Las Juntas Elementary in Martinez for many years until she took a job at Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek, according to Martinez Superintendent Rami Muth. For the past two years, Conkle has been assistant principal at Martinez Junior High.
Retired Alhambra High School Assistant Principal Lou Pruitt will be the interim assistant principal at the junior high school while the board seeks a replacement for Conkle. Muth hopes to have someone on board by the beginning of October.
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