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Associate supe leaves MVLA, district looks to fill vacancy

Margarita Navarro recently left her position as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s associate superintendent of educational services. The district is currently looking to hire her replacement.

Navarro took a leave of absence in August and the position became vacant last month, Superintendent Nellie Meyer said in a phone interview. Meyer declined to state the reason for Navarro’s departure.

“We currently have a vacancy in the Associate Superintendent position,” Meyer said in a follow-up email. “As this is a personnel matter, I do not have any further comment. We look forward to filling the position in the coming weeks.”

In an email, Navarro said she is pursuing other professional opportunities, including her “longtime” goal of earning a doctorate in education.

“I am honored to have served as an educational leader for MVLA students, families, and the larger MVLA community,” Navarro said. “I am thankful for the Board’s support during my tenure to implement initiatives that promote equity, high-quality instruction, social-emotional learning, and support systems to meet every student’s needs.”

Originally hired in 2017, Navarro oversaw curriculum and instruction for the district. Since she took leave in August, various administrators have been filling in to cover different parts of the role. According to Meyer, that includes associate superintendents Mike Mathiesen and Leyla Benson, as well as distance education administrator Teri Faught and wellness coordinator William Blair. Brigitte Sarraf, who was Navarro’s predecessor and worked in the district for decades, also has been providing support.

The district posted the open position earlier this month. The salary range is $200,887 to $228,945.

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