New principal takes the helm at Donald Graham Elementary

Students at Donald Graham Elementary School in Lake Elsinore will be sharing the same back to school jitters as their new principal.

Trustees for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District hired a new principal for the elementary school. Parents, teachers and students alike were anxiously waiting this summer to find out who would lead the 2014-2015 school year and the person chosen to take the reins was Ken Goltara.

Goltara currently works in another school district and is awaiting release of his contract.

In the interim Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Kip Meyer has been assisting principal at Donald Graham Elementary.

“We’re fortunate in hiring a strong, established principal to lead Donald Graham. Mr. Goltara is uniquely qualified to support several extraordinary special education programs located on the campus of Donald Graham Elementary,” Meyer said. “Ken’s proven leadership and experience in school administration and the area of special education will be a great fit for Donald Graham Elementary School.”

“It is my pleasure to welcome the parents and children to such wonderful and caring school that puts children at the center of all that we do here,” Goltara said.

“It is my personal mission to ensure that all of our students experience the joy and wonder of learning, through innovative instruction and programs designed to allow our students to pursue their passions and strive to become their personal best here at Donald Graham Elementary.”

Superintendent Doug Kimberly said he welcomes Goltara to the district’s administrative team

“Summer provides the chance to recharge and prepare for the upcoming year,” Kimberly said. “I hope all the parents and students had a great summer because we are ready to welcome the 2014-15 school year.”

Earlier this summer the Governing Board appointed two other principals, Michael Hoffman, who is well known at Wildomar Elementary and Val Roark, who will be a co-principal at Lakeland Village School.

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