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Great Oak High School Gets New Principal

Assistant Principal Keith Moore will take over as principal of Great Oak High School in Temecula effective Monday.

Effective Monday, Great Oak High School has a new principal.

Long-time Principal Joe Balleweg has accepted as position as an administrator on special assignment in the Support Services Division at the Temecula Valley Unified School District's main office.

"His focus will be more on the common core standards during this school year," said Temecula Valley Unified Spokesperson Melanie Norton.

Balleweg announced his move to the staff on Friday, Aug. 17, according to Norton.

Fortunately, district officials said, Balleweg had someone ready and willing to step into his shoes. His predecessor, Keith Moore, is not new to campus.

Moore served as a counselor at Great Oak from 2004 to 2005 after working as a counselor at Rancho Vista High School—the district's continuation high school—since 2002, according to Norton.

Moore, whose wife teaches at Abby Reinke Elementary in Temecula, left in Sept. 2005 to work as principal at an elementary school in the Hemet Unified School District. He was re-hired in the Temecula district in Aug. 2009—again as a counselor at Great Oak, Norton said.

In January 2010, Moore was promoted to assistant principal at Great Oak, and will serve as principal beginning Monday, Norton said.

Balleweg and Moore spent the past week ensuring Moore was acclimated for the position, Norton said.

The assistant principal position Moore is leaving vacant will be filled by Ingrid Taylor, who previously worked as a teacher on special assignment at the high school, according to Norton.

The reassignments were approved at Temecula Valley Unified's school board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21, Norton said.

jill August 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
So our principals can't work on common core standards without a special administrator? And where does the money come from for administrators on special assignment? At first read it is maddening to think of new positions at the top, but is this grant money? If it is from the general fund, it is disgusting in light of the lean operation that is happening on the front lines with students.
Cik Bast August 26, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This is what happens when people vote democratic socialists into office.
temecularesident August 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
How many special assignment employees does Temecula Unified School District have?
TemecuMom August 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Jill, I'm so glad I am not the only one who thought that this is a misuse of funds. At a time when teachers, assistants, interpreters, and now library staff are being laid off or having their hours slashed, it is hard to believe that we can afford another big-wig at the DO. Joe Balleweg was doing a fantastic job as Principal at GOHS...why fix what isn't broken? I hate to see the district so top-heavy while those in the trenches are being nickel and dimed.
Temjet September 01, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Amen! Watch how they play the funding game....I'm sure they will explain that the money being used to fund this is from a categorical fund that can't be used any other way! Schools are now rich with computers and iPads etc. but without staff to teach or care for students needs in libraries... TVUSD is masterful at using every dime that they have and very knowledgeable about the rules on using money.... Education funding is hog tied with rules! Change needs to start at the top of the money sources.... Feds and States.... No more bonds until money they already have is spent wisely!

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