Thursday, November 5, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY: More than 200 Local Businesses and Civic Leaders Become 'Principals for a Day'

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, November 5, 2009

More than 200 Local Business and Civic Leaders
Become 'Principals For a Day'

What: Annual "Principal for a Day"
Title sponsor is Bank of America Merrill Lynch

When: Friday, Nov. 6: At school sites from 8 a.m. to noon; luncheon for participants, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Schools throughout San Diego Unified School District (see list below for specific Principals for a Day and their locations). Luncheon: Paradise Point Resort & Spa Sunset Ballroom, 1404 Vacation Road (92109),(858) 274-4630.

If you'd like different locations within your circulation area, contact Mia Gonzales at (619) 254-4017.

Background: A program dating back to the early 1990s, Principal for a Day brings leaders from all over San Diego onto the campuses of the San Diego Unified School District to see first-hand what goes on in our schools. Escorted by the school's principal, visiting principals interact with students and teachers and learn what life is like on the campus.

After a morning at school, principals and their Principals for a Day will join others from around the district at a luncheon, hosted by Interim Superintendent Bill Kowba. Also on hand will be the Principal for a Day honorary co-chairs: Mark Albers, director, Merrill Lynch; and Joan Embery, founder, The Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation.

A discussion about the morning's activities and how best to prepare San Diego's students for the future will be moderated by news anchors Barbara-Lee Edwards of KFMB-TV and Paul Bloom of KUSI-TV.

School Sites and Principals for a Day:
Your coverage is invited at the designated school sites. Photography will be allowed of students in classroom situations and other areas as directed by the principal; please call the individual school site ahead of your arrival.

* Mark Albers, director, Merrill Lynch, Honorary Co-Chair, Principal for a Day. Sherman Elementary School. Principal Eddie Caballero. (619) 525-7425. 450 24th St., San Diego.

* Joan Embery, founder, The Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation, Honorary Co-Chair, Principal for a Day. Crawford High Multimedia and Visual Arts, 4191 Colts Way 92115, (619) 583-2504. Principal Diego Gutierrez.

* San Diego City Councilmember District 3 Todd Gloria. Clark Middle School, 4388 Thorn St. 92105, (619) 563-6801. Principal Thomas Liberto.

* Rear Admiral William D. French, Commander Navy Region Southwest. San Diego SciTech High, 1405 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101. (619) 525-7459. Principal Dianne Cordero.

* Ruben Barrales, president/CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), 2425 Dusk Drive, 92139, (619) 470-0555. Principal Mitzi Lizarraga.

* Assistant Chief of Police Boyd Long. Lincoln High School Center for Public Safety, 4777 Imperial Ave., 92113, (619) 266-6500. Executive Principal Mel Collins; Principal Ana Alvarez.

Media contacts:

* Linda Zintz, San Diego Unified School District, (619) 847-6637 (mobile) or (619) 725-5578 (office); Mia Gonzales, Burson-Marsteller, (619) 254-4017.

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Linda Zintz
SDUSD Communications Department
619-725-5598 phone
619-847-6637 cell
619-725-5576 fax
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