Glenchur named Berkeley High interim principal


New interim principal at Berkeley High Kristin Glenchur. Photo: Biotech Partners

Kristin Glenchur, vice principal at Berkeley High for the last six years, has been appointed interim principal of BHS for the 2014-15 school year by the BUSD superintendent and board.

Glenchur’s appointment comes after a brief search for a replacement for Pasquale Scuderi, who was appointed assistant superintendent for educational services for Berkeley Unified at the start of May. When the Scuderi appointment was announced, superintendent Donald Evans said he expected to hire a new principal by the end of May.

“There wasn’t a sufficient number of applicants,” said Mark Coplan, spokesman for BUSD.

Coplan said the school district would advertise the position and seek applicants from across the country next year.

Glenchur was BHS’s athletic director from 2003-2008. She taught English at BHS from 1991-1997, and then taught physical education at Encinal High School in Alameda before returning to BHS in 2003. As vice principal, she was responsible for the Green Academy and the Academy of Medicine and Public Service.

The other members of the administrative team at BHS next year include vice principals Ashley Milton, Jorge Melgoza, and Daniel Roose, as well as Dean of Students Ardarius McDonald. Erin Schweng, who has been interim vice principal since January, will remain covering Glenchur’s position.

BHS is also currently trying to find a new Dean of Attendance, vacated with Daniel Roose’s promotion to vice principal.

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  • guest

    Offer a better $20k more salary and there will be more and better applicants.

  • Jeff Leyser

    I seriously doubt public school educators and administrators, especially the good ones, are in it for the money.

  • guest

    Want go back to the good old days when teachers lived with their families, had to be single Christian ladies, and were forced to resign when they got married?

    We all want to love our jobs, we also want to be able to afford to raise our families and not have to moonlight.

    How much of a wage haircut would you take to become a teacher? Can you afford that?

  • supersickandtired

    “There wasn’t a sufficient number of applicants,” Pathetic…no wonder who with good credentials in their right mind would come to BHS it’s become a joke and who would want to deal with our wonderful school board the same school board afraid to do anything to clean up the mess our schools have become…any other high school would have people climbing over each other to get this job…Pathetic!

  • rhuberry

    It seems this is frequently the situation. If it’s not enough applicants, it’s that the applicants they do get and interview are not satisfactory. Remember some years ago when they finally hired someone, she quit before she ever started? The runner-up was Jim Slemp, and he got the job. There have been a LOT of principals at BHS during the last 25 years – interim, co-principals, what have you.

  • anotherguest

    How much are BUSD teachers paid? Are you including the value of their pension when you calculate their wages?

  • Aporove

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  • guest

    I like this graph from the ed100 site:

    It seems to show that teaching used to be a relatively good paying profession for women, and is now not particularly well paid for either gender.