Clara Schmiedt was named last week as Senior Director of Secondary Education for Manteca Unified.
As principal at Weston Ranch High for the past four years, she fills the position made available when Bob Lee moved to Rocklin Unified to become Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He spent 33 years with Manteca Unified, serving as principal at Manteca High and before that was head football coach of the Buffaloes.
Schmiedt is no stranger to the district office, serving as Director of Child Welfare and Attendance for five years.
She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Social Science.
Schmiedt, who also has a master’s degree in Administration from the University of La Verne along with credentials in single subject (Social Science) and Administrative Services, began her Manteca Unified teaching career at East Union High in 1992.
She became dean of students at East Union in 1998 and was promoted to the district office post two years later.
Schmiedt came to Weston Ranch High in the aftermath of a racial diversity issue, serving as the interim principal.
It wasn’t long after that she had the “interim” label removed from her job title.
Schmiedt has been described as “extremely hard working, loyal and honest.”
Her appointment as Senior Director of Secondary Education along with that of Patty Page being named as Director of Nutrition Services was announced at the June 23 school board meeting.
Page has a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
She worked in food services at Tracy Unified from 1990 to 1996 and was a supervisor there her final two years.
In 1996, Page moved to Manteca Unified, working as Nutrition Services Coordinator.
She was promoted to Supervisor of Nutrition Services in 2002.
A certified food safety trainer – Page provides instruction in food safety classes – she developed the food safety plan for the district that’s now used as model by other school districts in the state.
Page, according to her references, has been described as “articulate, positive and professional.”
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