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New principals in 2011
Steve Clark goes to Sierra High; Frank Gonzales to Manteca High
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Two high school campuses in the Manteca Unified School District gained new principals during 2011.

Sierra High’s vice principal Steve Clark was promoted to principal, succeeding the retiring outgoing principal Susan Pearson.

At Manteca High, Frank Gonzales was appointed as school principal inheriting the seat vacated by Doug McCreath who was named San Joaquin County Office of Education’s assistant superintendent of educational services. Gonzales’ promotion left his former position as assistant principal at Weston Ranch High in French Camp. Appointed to the post that he vacated was Brad Harrison.

At Sierra High, Steven Clark was promoted to the position of principal, taking over the seat occupied by Pearson who was retiring at the end of the school year 2010-11. Clark’s promotion left a vacancy in his old post as vice principal. Appointed to succeed him as vice principal for the Timberwolves was Greg Leland who has been at  Sierra since 1994 when he was hired to teach Health, World History, and European History. He has also coached varsity football and track and field. At Sierra, Leland has also performed administrative duties as Dean of Activities, Dean of  Athletics, and Summer School principal.

At East Union High School, dean of secondary athletics Eric Simoni was promoted to vice principal. Prior to his appointment, he served as department chair for the Lancers campus where he was also appointed in 2009 as dean of secondary athletics. A graduate of East Union, Simioni received his bachelor’s in social science from Westmont College and his master’s in administration from the University of LaVerne. He started his teaching career at his alma mater in 1997. He served as varsity baseball assistant coach and was also head boys basketball coach and was co-head boys golf coach at East Union.

Succeeding Simoni to his old position as secondary athletics dean was Jesus Ramirez, Lathrop High’s Social Science Department chairman.