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Meet Crawford’s New (and Only) Principal

Crawford High School student and Media Arts Center San Diego teen producer Jose Uribe interviews his school’s new principal, Ana Maria Alvarez. Alvarez was brought on board to oversee Crawford’s transition from four small schools to a single, comprehensive high school.

By Megan Burks

Crawford High School students went back to their same campus yesterday, but started classes at a school very different from the one they left in the spring. Instead of four small schools, each with their own administrators and budget, the campus is now a single, comprehensive school with one principal.

The change was made after district officials called for closures and consolidations of small and underperforming schools to save money.  Most of the closures were called off, but Crawford’s stuck because the school board said the plan would improve course offerings for students. Having a single, larger budget and doing away with duplicate courses would free up funds for Advanced Placement and language classes, said Board Member Shelia Jackson.

Students and staff pushed back against the plan, saying the small school structure calmed violence on campus and boosted college admissions. They also said consolidation would decrease the amount of money allocated to the campus overall, with traditional schools seeing $40 less per student than small schools.

Amid the outcry, district officials met throughout the spring semester with staff, students and parents to come up with a favorable consolidation plan and include them in selecting a new principal.

Crawford student and Media Arts Center teen producer Jose Uribe interviews Crawford Vice Principal Diego Gutierrez, a former small school principal at Crawford.

Together, they selected Ana Maria Alvarez to oversee two centers, or study tracks. She came from nearby Lincoln High School, where students are organized into academies, or themed courses of study similar to Crawford’s new centers. Alvarez has the help of two vice principals: Diego Gutierrez, a former principal at two of Crawford’s small schools, and Debra Brown, a former Crawford counselor.

Learn more about Alvarez in the video above.


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2 Responses to Meet Crawford’s New (and Only) Principal

  1. SG says:

    When I went to Crawford (class of 78) there was only ONE principal, and I graduated with a 8th grade reading level…went to SDSU and MESA and GROSSMONT and CITY. SDSU my first year of college (San Diego State) as a music major (scholarship) and took upperdivison classes, except history class (still remember getting out of the history class and seeing the smoke from the PSA crash). Then near the end of my first year in college, the San Diego Symphony went belly up – no money in playing an instrument so time for a education that would pay money…opened up the newspaper and found many pages of ads for accounting. Mesa took Accounting (got my AA). City I took cabinet making. Grossmont to play in their orchestra (pitchy). Needed the other classes to meet the full load requirement, without taking ENGLISH or other classes that required much reading and NO term papers. I don’t feel that Crawford even needed one principal – for as good as it did me! None of the teachers knew I was dyslexic. My 12th grade English class is burnt in my brain – they guy behind me, use to cut up Quaaludes (in to fourths) and other students thought it was funny to put “drugs” into the little old lady English teacher’s coffee/tea cup. I didn’t find any of that funny and it was distracting so I cut English class. Put CCTV in each classroom and have someone from India? to watch it…and save the $100,000 plus a year for the Principals salary.
    Oh KPBS Megan Burks – this is a History lesson reguarding Crawford High and the need or no need for principal(s). In highschool my parents could only afford ONE thing for us (besides an old used Ford Maverick), so I choose music, not cheerleading. They could never afford to let me go to one dance and I did not go to the graduation because I knew they could not afford that. Ra-Ra-Sis-Boom-Bah :)

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