Terry Conde Named New Principal

Dear Hart Community,
The school district has found a new leader for Hart within the ranks of our very own staff -- Terry Conde.

Vice Principal Conde will take on her new role as principal on July 1 when long-time leader Principal Steve Maher retires.

"I've been on cloud nine today!" Mrs. Conde exclaimed about her new job as principal. "I am truly excited for this opportunity to be part of the best school in Pleasanton."

Mrs. Conde was one of eight candidates for the job, all from within the Pleasanton school district. The field was narrowed to three before she was ultimately chosen for the job, pending the school board's approval.

"I'm very pleased that a lot of the Hart traditions and culture will continue with Mrs. Conde at the helm," Principal Maher said. "Mrs. Conde has a great affection for the community and the students at Hart. I wish her well."

Mrs. Conde has been with the Pleasanton school district since 1999 when she started as a vice principal at Foothill High School. She served as vice principal at Valley View Elementary for a year before joining Hart as vice principal in 2003.

Mrs. Conde also has experience as a vice principal in the Livermore and Fremont school districts and worked as a science teacher in Newark.

"I want to keep Hart on the same path," Mrs. Conde said. "I'll continue the communication we've had with the parents in the community and have the same open-door policy."

Parents are encouraged to meet and chat with Mrs. Conde at the next principal's coffee on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hart library.

It is not yet known who will be Hart's vice principal next school year. Currently, Hart is slated to have only one full-time vice principal due to budget cuts. Staff changes are made throughout the summer, so Hart's vice principal may not be set until August.
Posted Friday, April 16, 2010