The MUSD Board of Education approved five more hires to the leadership team for the 2021-22 school year, including three promotions from within the MUSD family, at the June 22 meeting.
Joining our MUSD Team in leadership positions for the 2021-22 school year are:
1) Aven Magana was named to the new position of Coordinator I, Virtual Pathways K-12, after serving as the district's COVID-19 Designee and an assistant principal with Milpitas Adult Ed;
2) Mary Jude Doerpinghaus was selected to the new position of Executive Director of Inclusive Services for All Learners, after serving as MUSD's Director of Student Services and Special Education this past school year;
3) Karisa Scott was chosen to the new position of Middle College High School Principal, after working as a Cal Hills HS assistant principal and other admin positions within MUSD;
4) Jesus Chagolla joins the MUSD Team as the next Supervisor, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation (MOT), Custodial, after 21 years of custodial experience in various capacities; and
5) Sarah Davis comes to MUSD as the next Program Manager, Inclusion, after working in a myriad of roles in the special education realm, most recently as special education teacher/education specialist with Cupertino USD.
Magana, Doerpinghaus and Scott's current positions will not be filled and the changes are part of restructuring Learning and Development to better serve students and staff as we move forward beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education welcomed five new hires to the #MUSDfamily, after unanimously approving recommendations for a supervisor, co-principal, and three assistant principals at the June 8 meeting. Joining our MUSD Team in leadership positions for the 2021-22 school year are:
1) MOT Transportation Supervisor Jared Acosta, who is an MUSD and Mission College alumnus with a wealth of experience in grounds/bus, custodial arts, and more;
2) Randall Elementary Co-Principal Claudia Cadenas, who brings 30 years as a bilingual teacher, including 13 years of multilingual instruction in Chile, to our World Languages Academy;
3) Burnett Elementary Assistant Principal Brandi McMillian, who is an MUSD alumna and Milpitas resident with 15 years in the district as a teacher at both Randall and Burnett;
4) Pomeroy Elementary Assistant Principal Anastasia Hrissafinas, who comes to Milpitas via New Jersey where she was a teaching lead for 5 years and a Teacher of the Year; and
5) Zanker Elementary Assistant Principal Hetal Patel, who has 15 years of teaching and admin experience at multiple grade levels, including the last three as AP at WillowGlen HS.
Providing community access to the Aquatics Center at Milpitas High School was secured with a new one-year lease agreement with Milpitas Aquatic Club. The Board of Education unanimously approved the pact at the May 25 meeting.
With Business Services Manager Kelly Ng leading the district's efforts, Milpitas Aquatic Club agreed to provide community access to the pool during the summer, as well as lifeguards during athletic practices, home games, and swim PE classes. Summer recreational swim is scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
"It's our goal to help grow and improve aquatics in the Milpitas area by offering a fun, safe and competitive program in swimming, diving, and water polo," said Kyler Van Swol, head coach of Milpitas Aquatic Club.
The district solicited community input through a multilingual survey, which garnered nearly 600 responses. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they would use the pool for a nominal fee.
The new one-year lease agreement will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Review the full board presentation here.