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Corona del Mar Today: 100 applicants want to lead Harbor View

September 15, 2012|By Amy Senk
  • A Simple Peace shopping bag.
A Simple Peace shopping bag. (Courtesy Simple…)

About 100 people have applied to become Harbor View Elementary School's new principal, a district spokeswoman said.

The deadline for applications was Monday, said Laura Boss, a spokeswoman for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The next step will be to screen all the applications and select candidates for first-round interviews.

"The first round interviews will be conducted by a panel of representatives, including teachers and parents from H[arbor] View as well as administrators and other personnel from throughout the district," Boss said. "Candidates selected from that interview will then be forwarded to the superintendent and his cabinet for a final interview."

John R. Caldecott, executive director of human resources for the district, told parents at a meeting last month that the new principal should be named by Oct. 1.

The new principal will replace Charlene Metoyer, who resigned in August to take care of her ailing father.

Currently, former Andersen Elementary School Principal Mary Manos is serving as Harbor View's interim principal.

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At a Parent Faculty Organization meeting at the school Wednesday, the group's co-President Mindy Froehlich said she and co-President Cynthia Dickinson would represent parents during second-round interviews scheduled for Friday.

"We are a very special school," Froehlich said. "We have very strong parents, and we need a very strong principal to work with us."

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Martha Stewart finalist

DeAnna Reposa dropped her youngest child at Harbor Day School last week for the first day of class and headed for home, sad that summer was over and wondering how she would fill her day.

Then she opened her email and discovered she was a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made contest, one of 100 entrepreneurs chosen from across the country, for her Simple Peace shopping bags.

"I am so excited," Reposa said this afternoon. "I'm not very good at tooting my own horn, but I'm proud of myself. I love the product."

Reposa was looking for reusable shopping bags and eventually founded Simple Peace and creating the bags herself. Today, the bags are made in Santa Ana and are sold on her website as well as in high-end groceries and shops like Fred Segel and Barney's.

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