Tuesday, September 16, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

French wrapping up duties in Davis district

By
April 14, 2011 |

Deputy superintendent Kevin French is wrapping up his duties with the Davis school district over the next few weeks. He’s scheduled to start his new job as associate superintendent for administrative services with the Acalanes Union High School District in Contra Costa County on April 30.

The new job will include many of the same kinds of human resources duties that he’s had in Davis for the past few years.

French started with the Davis district in August 2006, coming from a job as a high school principal in the Fairfield-Suisun school district. French initially served in Davis as director of student services, but in less than a year he became the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources — running the department that hires new teachers, principals, and so on.

During the roughly four years that French has been handling human resources for the Davis school district, there have been many, many transitions, with new principals coming in at most of the district’s campuses, as well as several new administrators at the district office.

The past few years also have included drastic budget cuts and annual rounds of layoff notices in the spring, largely as a result of the ongoing state budget crisis. And those cutbacks and layoff notices inevitably have gone through the human resources department as well.

As Davis school board trustee Susan Lovenburg put it, “Kevin has had one of the most difficult jobs in the district for the past four years. He participated in identifying educational programs for reduction and personally delivered layoff notices to those affected. He served as lead negotiator at the bargaining table as we asked our employees to accept salary reductions.”

“Despite this,” Lovenburg continued, “Kevin is highly respected and well liked for carrying out this work with integrity, honesty and a healing sense of humor. He’s been an anchor for us in stormy waters and he will be greatly missed. We wish him well.”

French also took on additional duties along the way. About three years ago, when the Davis district eliminated the position of associate superintendent for educational services as a budget cutting move, French — as a former high school principal — took on oversight of the district’s junior high and high school programs. Clark Bryant, another district office administrator who formerly served as an elementary school principal, took on oversight of the district’s elementary campuses.

French told The Enterprise in an interview Wednesday that the multiple capacities in which he’s served during his years in Davis were a tremendous opportunity for growth.

“It has been a great opportunity,” French said. “I don’t think I could have been in a district that offered more positive experiences in this amount of time.”

French said he particularly enjoyed “the relationships with our district’s new administrators” that he helped hire. “You know, the ‘mentor’ sometimes learns more than the ‘mentee.’ That’s how I felt about being here.”

Even though he’ll still be doing human resources work in his new job, French’s position with the Acalanes district in Contra Costa County also will be different in some ways. Davis has around 8,500 students spread over grades K-12. Acalanes has around 5,400 students spread across grades 9-12.

“Acalanes has four high schools, serving four different communities, with four mayors and city councils to work with, as well as the relationships with several K-8 feeder districts,” French said.

With French departing for Acalanes, Superintendent Winfred Roberson announced on Tuesday that Matt Best, principal of the Da Vinci Charter School program — which has high school level classes on the Valley Oak campus and junior high level classes at Emerson Junior High — will be moving to the district office as interim director of human resources, while a search is organized for a new associate superintendent. Best started in the interim position on Thursday. A trio of Da Vinci teachers and counselors will handle administrative decisions at Da Vinci on an interim basis.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8055.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Davis school nurses are stretched thin

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Wright resigns his seat in California Senate

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Scotland took long road to independence vote

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Sierra Club gathers for morning walks

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    DPNS has afternoon openings

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Paws for Thought: Socialize your new pup at UCD’s Yappy Hour

    By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    DHS parents go back to school

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    New DHS Hall-of-Famers

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A3

    Exploration of dementia lecture set for Sept. 25

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Sick-pay benefits expanded to millions

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A4

     
    Bad roads cost Californians billions

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Farmers market continues at Sutter Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Yolo County’s looking for a few good advisers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Search the Internet at Connections Café

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Garage, bake sales benefit outdoor education trip

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A5

    Sutter qigong classes start Sept. 22

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Halloween costume sale benefits preschool

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Hundreds flee wildfires; homes burn

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Harmony Award nominations sought

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Da Vinci seniors take on Constitution essay

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Sounds like a swell party

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Maybe not the best rebound guy

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Nate Beeler cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Many reasons to back Sunder

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    I support Madhavi Sunder

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    A leader with heart and vision

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Carbon fee and dividend plan is the answer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Open Cup final has local flavor

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1

     
    Devil volleyball victories keep piling up

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS needs just 10 boys to top Elk Grove

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Finding the good in a tough DHS football loss

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

    More pressure on QB would be nice for Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Raber: glad to join in bringing readers golf column

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B1

    Highlights galore in Junior Blue Devil weekend

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Big Monday for Masiel as DHS golfers win league opener

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Jane Eyre’ to screen at I-House

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Anais Mitchell to play Third Space

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    ‘Shrek, The Musical’ shines at DMTC

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Irish fiddlers come to Davis house show

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Jenny Lynn and Her Real Gone Daddies play at Picnic in the Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Woodland artist hosts event at her new studio

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7