Request for Parent Engagement in Irvington High School's Principal Transition

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Respected Members of the Board,

We, the parents of Irvington High School Students, have been informed that our current principal, Ms. Sarah Barrious, is leaving her role at the school to take on a new position at FUSD.

We wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank her for her many years of service and dedication to Irvington High School. Her leadership and vision has helped shaped Irvington to be a leading school in Fremont and we believe that her departure from the school will be a tremendous loss for both the students and parents of the school. But we are very excited that she will continue to provide leadership in a new role at FUSD and will be able to effect similar changes and improvements at the FUSD level as well. In particular, her understanding of the drivers of student stress and her efforts to ensure that students have a well balanced and healthy lifestyle is very much needed not just at the city but at state and the national levels as well. And we are hopeful that she will be able to drive changes that will benefit all students in Fremont and not just Irvington High.

We also would like to take this opportunity to reach out to the board to ensure that our thoughts are heard before you appoint another person to that role. While we have been very appreciative of the balance that Ms. Barrious has strived to achieve at Irvington, we were also thankful that she understood the demographic shift at Irvington and has worked with the children and parents to address the changing needs of the students.

While Irvington is an art magnet school, many of the students at Irvington are interested STEM fields as well. We have an amazing student body that is excelling in the science and math fields. We would like to ensure that the person that you bring on as a principal at Irvington understands the changing student needs and is willing to work with the students to make sure their needs are met as well. To that effect, we would like to request that selected parents from Irvington be a part of the interview panel for the candidate selection. This way, we can ensure that our collective voices and concerns are heard and the school is able to appoint someone who truly understands the current needs of the student population.

We hope our voices are heard and that you are able to involve us in the candidate selection process and appoint someone who has a good understanding of the changing demographics at Irvington High and can nurture all students to their full potential.

We sincerely thank Ms. Barrious for her tremendous service and we wish her the very best in her new role.

Thank you.
Parents of Irvington High



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