The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has appointed a new assistant superintendent for educational services and a new house principal of Santa Monica High School.

The board voted Aug. 1 to tap Dr. Terry Deloria as the new assistant superintendent and Stephen Franklin as the new house principal at Samohi.

“I would like to welcome Dr. Deloria and Mr. Franklin to SMMUSD for 2012-13,” said Superintendent Sandra Lyon.

Deloria comes to the district from the William S. Hart Union High School District, where she has been serving as the director of special programs and staff development for the past 12 years. She is also currently an adjacent professor at California State University-Bakersfield, where she teaches secondary school credential candidates.

Deloria is well-versed in best practices to help improve student achievement at all ability levels, school officials said. Additionally, Deloria has worked with Johns Hopkins University in Maryland to better include parents in the support of student success, officials said.

Franklin comes to the Santa Monica-Malibu district from the Montebello Unified School District, where he has been serving as senior assistant principal of Bell Gardens High School for the past two years. He previously served as summer school principal and assistant principal at Bell Gardens High School.

School officials say that Franklin has worked to promote a safe, orderly, and positive school environment by facilitating meetings among educators, students, and parents to improve communication and resolve conflicts. He has also supervised and supported special education staff to ensure students’ needs and federal/state regulations are being met, officials noted.

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