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East to shuffle principals

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By David Giuliani

For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas City Schools will see a shuffling of principals.

The changes were unveiled in an interview with Superintendent Rick Romero last week.

The highest-profile change will be the promotion of Manuel Lucero to serve as principal of Memorial Middle School. Previously, he had been the principal of Sierra Vista Elementary. Over the last few years, he has served as a principal in both the East and West school districts.

Leslie Damon will remain the assistant principal at Memorial.

The leadership at Robertson High School will stay the same — with Eddie King as principal and Mike Yara as assistant principal.

With Lucero leaving Sierra Vista and Floyd Chavez retiring as principal of Los Niños Elementary School, those two positions will be vacant. Romero said he plans to have one principal cover both schools — which would be a savings. Sierra Vista and Los Niños are next to each other.

“I’m looking at people inside the district (for the principal of Sierra Vista and Los Niños). We’ve had several of our employees within the last two years who have gone through a master’s program at Highlands University,” Romero said.

Aylene Romero-Griego will be moving from principal of Memorial to principal of Paul  D. Henry and Legion Park elementary schools. Anthony Marquez, who had been principal at Paul D. Henry, will start teaching special education at Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and the Early Childhood Center. At both places, he will take on administrative responsibilities.

Legion Park’s principal, Jane Chavez, will go to the central office to become the coordinator of individualized education plans, helping teachers and principals develop such plans for students.