Simone Rick-Kennel, until recently an administrative vice-principal at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, will take over as principal when the 2015-16 school year begins on July 1.
Ms. Rick-Kennel had been serving as interim co-principal with Matthew Zito since January 2015. The announcement of her appointment came in an April 16 letter to the M-A community from Superintendent James Lianides of the Sequoia Union High School District.
In light of Mr. Zito's full plate, Ms. Rick-Kennel will be taking on an increased day-to-day role in leading M-A, Mr. Lianides said.
The Sequoia district's governing board unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Rick-Kennel on April 15, Mr. Lianides said.
The district used an outside recruiting firm that consulted staff and the community while also recruiting candidates, he said. "It is a testament to the experiences and qualities that Simone will bring to a key leadership position that she emerged from the hiring process as the top candidate," he said.
Ms. Rick-Kennel was appointed administrative vice-principal at M-A in 2008 after having been a special education teacher at M-A since 2002. She was appointed dean of students in 2007.
She began her career in special education in the South San Francisco Unified School District, Mr. Lianides said.