SVHS Principal Dino Battaglini steps down
Sonoma Valley High School Principal Dino Battaglini has resigned, according to Louann Carlomagno, superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.
Carlomagno emailed a letter to school parents and guardians last night saying the board of trustees accepted Battaglini’s resignation yesterday.
The principal was granted a leave of absence for the remainder of the school year. His resignation takes effect June 30.
No explanation was offered for Battaglini’s sudden departure. His first year as principal at SVHS was the 2010/11 school year.
Lynn Fitzpatrick, currently the director of curriculum and instruction, will serve as interim principal at SVHS beginning Tuesday.
“The district will now begin a search for a new principal for SVHS with the goal of having the new principal identified prior to (the) end of the current school year,” Carlomagno stated in her letter.
In a “Principal’s Message” on the SVHS web site posted in August, Battaglini expressed his enthusiasm for the coming school year.
“I have a goal of making Sonoma Valley High School a world class high school,” he stated in his message to Dragons families.
Battaglini joined SVHS after three years as principal of Tomales High School, then with a student body of about 200 students. SVHS has a current enrollment of 1,320 students.
He previously served as a vice principal with the Antioch Unified School District.
Fitzpatrick has worked closely with the administration and staff at SVHS in implementing the A-G graduation requirements, developing the Freshman Team concept, preparing for implementation of the common core curriculum and advancing the development of college and career pathways, Carlomagno stated. The interim principal had previous high school experience before joining the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.
– Dianne Reber Hart