New principal selected for Cunha Intermediate School


From: Tony Roehrick, Ed.D.
RE: Superintendent Appointment of New Principal for Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School

The Cabrillo Unified School District is pleased to announce the selection of a finalist for the position of Principal assigned to Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate School. The Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board will be asked to approve the recommendation to appoint Ladislao Lopez for this position. Most recently, Mr. Lopez worked in the Salinas Union High School District as an assistant principal at Salinas High School. He also served as a counselor at the middle school level and taught a number of high school courses including economics and social studies at North Monterey County High School.

Mr. Lopez is looking forward to relocating to the area and becoming an integral part of the Cunha community. He states, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the students and the community of Half Moon Bay and I look forward to an exciting school year.”

A diverse group of parents, teachers, classified staff, and administrators chose a slate of six candidates to interview. The committee selected two finalists for the district administrative team to interview and determine the best candidate. Besides oral interviews, an extensive review of past employment histories for all candidates was performed.

As part of the selection process, a group of Cunha parents and employees met to provide their input into what they were looking for in their next principal. Among the key characteristics was the ability to maintain the key initiatives the school has in place. In addition, staff was interested in attracting candidates that could connect well with students and parents.

At Salinas High, Mr. Lopez was successful in supporting the academic growth of all students. While specific initiatives were aimed at low performing students, he also made certain that the needs of high performing students were addressed. He believes that “… all students can achieve academic success and it is our duty to ensure that it happens, whatever it takes.”

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