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Dolores Palacio, the New Principal at Miramonte

A veteran educator has been chosen to be the new principal at Miramonte Elementary following a a two-day shutdown of the school, and replacement of the staff, amid a child abuse investigation.



    (Published Friday, Feb. 10, 2012)

    Along with an entirely new staff of teachers at Miramonte Elementary School, there is also a brand new principal who says she is dedicated to get the school back to "normal."

    Dolores Palacio is a 66 year old veteran educator, who is leading a replacement team of teachers and support staff at the school.

    Palacio was a teacher from 1974-1986, then became a principal at two schools between 1988 and 2004.

    She retired in 2004, but then came back to train new principals.

    She says she was contacted by the district to come out of retirement after the decision was made to replace the entire staff at Miramonte.

    Her first day, she said, was devoted to reassuring everyone that Miramonte is a safe place, and the new teachers are qualified to do the job.

    "All of them were reviewed, investigated. Their personnel folders were examined. They're all qualified and experienced," says Palacio. "It'll take more than two days to get to know the staff really well. What's the most important is they want to be here."

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    Palacio met with parents on Thursday where she planned to underscore the message that she does not expect the previous teachers at Miramonte to return, at least for this semester.

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