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4 new principals appointed to elementary and middle schools, search continues for new head of Berkeley High

Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley: one of four schools to have been appointed a new principal last week. Photo: Cragmont School Four new principals have been appointed to Berkeley elementary and middle schools, and the Berkeley Unified Board has decided to conduct a second-round search for a candidate to replace Pasquale Scuderi who is leaving […]

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2 Berkeley school principals move to new district roles

Pat Saddler: moving up from post as principal of Longfellow Middle School. Photo: BUSD Berkeley Unified School District is promoting two of its school principals to new district-level director positions. Longfellow principal Pat Saddler will be the director of special projects and programs, and Jefferson principal Maggie Riddle will be the director of schools, both […]

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BHS principal Scuderi moves to assistant superintendent

Berkeley High principal Pasquale Scuderi will become district assistant superintendent at the end of this school year. Photo: Emilie Raguso Pasquale Scuderi, principal of Berkeley High School since 2010, will become Berkeley Unified’s assistant superintendent for educational services at the end of this school year. Scuderi will take over the role from Neil Smith who is retiring […]

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Enrollment surge necessitates three new kindergartens

BUSD officials informed the principal of Rosa Parks Elementary School, Paco Furlan, just nine days ago that he would have to add another kindergarten class. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel So many new students have unexpectedly enrolled for kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year that the Berkeley Unified School District has to add three new kindergarten classrooms. […]

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B-Tech graduation rate soars under inspired leadership

Sheila Quintana Principal at B-Tech, with students. Photo: Mark Coplan This Friday, nearly 800 students from Berkeley High will attend their graduation ceremony at the historic Hearst Greek Theatre. But with equal fanfare, they’ll be joined by 62 seniors from Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech). Compared to the many hundreds from BHS, that might not sound […]

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School budget ‘cautiously positive’ despite challenges

The Bonar Street headquarters of the Berkeley Unified School District. Photo: Kaia Diringer “Prudent budgeting” has allowed Berkeley’s school district finances to weather obstacles such as rising employee health care costs and insufficient revenue from the state, officials said earlier this week. “We have heard about the pain in other school districts from furlough days, significant […]

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Time to consolidate Berkeley’s dual immersion programs

One of the crown jewels of Berkeley’s public school system is the District’s Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program, also called “dual immersion,” which was developed primarily to increase the academic achievement of English Learners. The basic idea is that first teaching English Learners in their native language promotes long-term academic achievement and confidence, as well as […]