Sierra Mountain Middle School principal resigns |

Sierra Mountain Middle School principal resigns

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Don Beno will leave his job as the principal of Sierra Mountain Middle School at the end of the school year for a new job at a new school in Yuba City.

After a 14-year run with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Sierra Mountain Middle School Principal Don Beno will leave Truckee at the end of this school year.

Beno will leave Sierra Mountain before the opening of the new Alder Creek Middle School campus next year, but at his new school district, Yuba City Unified, he’ll get to open a new school on a new campus at River Valley High School.

“This is a growth opportunity,” Beno said. “It’s a chance to do something completely new and different.”

In his time with Tahoe Truckee Unified, Beno was a principal for five years at Sierra Mountain Middle and nine years at North Tahoe High School. Beno said he has mixed emotions about leaving town.

“It’s going to be a real difficult transition to leave Truckee. It’s the place I’ve raised my three children,” Beno said. “It’s always going to be home to me. Probably the most difficult decision I’ve ever made was the decision to leave here.”

Tahoe Truckee Unified Superintendent Dennis Williams said Beno has been a strong leader in the school district at the helm of the management association.

“In the year that I’ve been here, he has proven himself to be a quality administrator,” Williams said. “I have appreciated his support and assistance in my first year here, and I have found his experience with the district to be very helpful.”

Williams received Beno’s resignation on Monday, which begins the process of finding a new Truckee middle school principal. The search will start with in- and out-of-district advertisements for the position, paper screening, interviews and reference checks.

A committee of parents, staff and, possibly, students will meet to interview candidates and make its recommendations. A candidate should be selected for school board approval by July, Williams said.

Beno will be a principal without students in his first year at River Valley High. He will set up programs, staffing and school philosophy in 2004-05. The following year, the school will open with just freshman and sophomore classes.

As for the opening of Alder Creek Middle School this fall, Beno said he regrets moving before the new campus opens but he expects the opening to go as planned.

“We’ve spent a lot of time as a staff preparing for this move,” Beno said, “and I’m confident it’s going to go smoothly.”

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