By Nancy Gutierrez
At the last awards assembly of the year for Lincoln Elementary School, students were given the news that they would not be seeing their favorite assistant principal next year.
Robert Gonzalez, Lincoln's assistant principal for the past two years, is leaving the Exeter Union School District to take a principalship at Castlerock elementary School in Woodlake.
"This will be my first principalship," Gonzalez said. "I'm a little nervous, as much as anyone would be who is starting a new job."
Castlerock has more than 500 students and is a third-fifth grade school, much like Rocky Hill Elementary School. Gonzalez said he hopes to implement the standards of excellence that have been established in Exeter.
"I will probably establish some of the new practices that Mrs. Mitchell helped to create," he said. "Especially the recognition of students."
At the Assembly June 16, Gonzalez thanked Principal Jane Mitchell for the opportunity to be assistant principal at the school and thanked teachers for their hard work. But he admitted that he would miss the students the most.
"Thank you for being the best students in Tulare County," he said. "I will miss the great kids and good community support, and the support from Exeter parents. They took the initiative to make sure the kids succeeded."
Taking Gonzalez' place will be Frank Silviera the current Wilson Middle School Assistant Principal.
"He will do a great job," Gonzalez said. "He is familiar with the Exeter culture. They won't lose a step at all with Frank."
Silviera said he has had experience at the elementary level. He was an assistant principal at a k-6 grade school in Hanford.
"I'm looking forward to working with the students and with a very engaged and motivated new staff," Silviera said. "I hope to assist in every way possible to help build academic performance as well as morale."
EUSD will look for a replacement at the middle school this summer, and should have a new administrator before school starts.