Jordan High School will have a new principal in the fall when Alta Cooke, principal of Hill Junior High School for the last seven years, takes over for the retiring Robert Ellis. Cooke will be the Long Beach Unified School District's first black high school principal. In addition, Robert Severns, now a vice principal at Lakewood High School, will assume the top spot at Reid Continuation High School to replace John Lepick, who also is retiring.
The changes were among more than a dozen announced at this week's regular school board meeting. Others included the naming of four new junior high school principals: Theophile Viltz Jr. to replace the retiring Dean Eslinger at Hamilton; Sherryl Johnson to take over at Washington for Dorothy Harper, who will become director of compensatory education; Gloria Telles, currently assistant to the superintendent, to replace the retiring William Hutton at Stanford; and Sue McKee, now program administrator for limited English proficient students, to replace Cooke at Hill.
New elementary school principals will be Naomi Blackmore, who will become acting head of Bixby while regular principal Andy Allegretti takes a medical leave; Mary Ann Goshert at MacArthur; Raoul Ramos at Whittier; Shirley Black at Lowell; Jean Evans at Burbank; Ben Holzman at Webster and Joan Taylor at Twain. Tincher School will be headed by Suzanne Fellenzer, currently the principal of Avalon School on Santa Catalina Island. Fellenzer's job on the island will be taken by Jon Meyer, a teacher at Wilson High School.
Albert Scott, a long-time Long Beach resident and former city employee, will fill a vacant spot on the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency board. Scott will take the seat originally given to real estate broker Joseph A. Kennerson, who declined the appointment because of a conflict of interest. Councilman Clarence Smith recommended Scott for the position, and the City Council confirmed the choice.
Scott, who retired as an accountant technician from the city in 1980, serves on the executive boards of the Long Beach Senior Legislative Council and the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. He is a member of other organizations, including the Long Beach Area Citizens Involved.
Bell City Clerk Appointed
Maria G. Hernandez has been appointed the new Bell city clerk, and has been sworn in by City Administrator Byron Woosley. She replaces Martha Gutierrez, who resigned in May and moved to Long Beach, making her ineligible to continue in the position. Hernandez and her husband, Oscar Hernandez, own the Korner Grocery Store on Bell Avenue. Her duties will be to maintain the city seal and permanent records, and to run municipal elections. The part-time position pays $752 a month and will be up for election in April, 1988, when Gutierrez's term expires.
Bellflower Clerk Promoted
Administrative secretary Debra D. Bauchop has been appointed Bellflower city clerk. Bauchop had been acting city clerk since December when former City Clerk Debra Harrington resigned. The city received 20 applications for the full-time position, said Craig Nealis, assistant to the city administrator. Bauchop has been with the city since 1982. Before that, she spent nine years as a stenographer at the Lakewood sheriff's station.
Head of Healthcare Chapter
Long Beach resident Kenneth C. Barth has been installed as 1987-88 president of the Southern California chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Assn., a national organization with 25,000 members, including 1,200 in its Southland chapter. Barth is vice president of financial services at Martin Luther Hospital Medical Center in Anaheim and also is an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where he lectures on health care financial management.
4 Named to La Mirada Posts
Four La Mirada residents have been appointed to city commissions. They are Hal Elterman and Frank Fitzpatrick, Public Safety Commission; Phil Glen, Parks and Recreation Commission; and Wendell Hanks, La Mirada Civic Theatre board of directors.
Leader of Home Economists
Ann Peter, a graduate of Whittier College and resident of Whittier, is the new president of the Whittier Home Economists in Homemaking. She succeeds Adeline Mallett of Downey. Other club officers are Charlotte Williams of La Mirada, president-elect; Mary Jane Horner of Whittier, secretary; and Shirley Fessenden of Whittier, treasurer.