MABTON - The Mabton School District didn't have to look far to find its new high school principal, as last night the school board hired Jose Elizondo of Granger.
Monday night's decision mean's Elizondo, a Granger High School graduate, will get to work closer to home. He was previously the assistant principal at Ochoa Middle School in Pasco.
Prior to that Elizondo served as assistant principal at Pasco and West Valley high schools.
Elizondo's experience also includes stints as a high school wrestling and football coach.
Elizondo thanked the school district for the opportunity at the high school.
He sees his new post not only as an advancement, since it is his first as head principal, but also an opportunity to spend more time near his family in Granger.
"My mom still lives in Granger and I wanted to be closer to her," he said.
In a formal memo recommending Elizondo's hire, Superintendent Minerva Morales noted that he has been in education since 1985.
"Jose's background in education is well versed with discipline and experience in working with staff during professional learning communities in the work around academic student achievement," Morales noted.
She added, "He has a tremendous amount of experience in parent/student outreach activities that will be a great asset in our efforts on increasing student learning activities."