After Lincoln Middle School teacher Thomas Beltran was charged with molesting several of his students, two of the school’s top administrators are expected to be transferred elsewhere in the district.
If the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board approves several staffing reassignments at its meeting Thursday, June 26th — which is expected — two-year Lincoln Middle School principal Tristan Komlos will be transferred to John Muir Elementary School, where she will be principal, and assistant principal Francis Costanzo will become a special education coordinator for the district.
“The district believes it’s in the best interest of students and the district,” said assistant superintendent Mike Matthews.
The transfers would be effective Tuesday, July 1st.
However, assistant principal Carl Hobkirk would stay at Lincoln Middle School, said Matthews. There was no recommendation for Hobkirk to be reassigned a new position elsewhere in the district.
This happens as the district loses Superintendent Dianne Talarico to the Burlingame School District in Northern California — south of San Francisco — and is in the process of finding an interim superintendent.
Matthews said the recommended reassignments for Komlos and Costanzo are not a demotion.
“Both [Komlos and Costanzo] have actually requested the change,” he noted.
The district would not confirm or deny whether the recommending staffing reassignments were related to the arrest of Beltran, who has been with the district 30 years and with Lincoln Middle School for about two decades.