Some Folsom schools will welcome new principals when the next school year begins. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Board of Education approved the following selections at its May 24 meeting:
Alison McKeeman Rice was selected as the new principal at Empire Oaks Elementary. Since 2016, Rice has served as a Curriculum Lead Teacher, a district-level leader of English-language arts and literacy instruction for Folsom Cordova's 20 elementary schools. In that role, she has provided targeted training to roughly 500 teachers and worked collaboratively with school principals to ensure effective literacy and writing development in students.
Rice began her career in Folsom Cordova in 2002 as an English teacher at Mills Middle School, in Rancho Cordova, and has additionally taught at Folsom High School and at schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District. She also is an adjunct professor for the Northern California Credential Program at Loyola Marymount University. Rice will fill the vacancy left by Richard Tapia, Ed.D., who accepted a position as principal at Cordova Villa Elementary.
Larry Mahoney was selected as the new principal at Folsom Middle School. Mahoney served as the principal of Rancho Cordova Elementary School since 2013 and will fill the vacancy left by John Bliss, who has accepted an opportunity to become principal at Cordova Gardens Elementary. Before leading Rancho Cordova Elementary, Mahoney was a teacher and department chair at Russell Ranch and Cordova Lane elementary schools.
Sandy Spaulding was selected as the new principal at Theodore Judah Elementary School. Spaulding has been with the school district since 2009, when she was a teacher at Cordova Lane Elementary. Since 2012 she has served as the principal at White Rock Elementary, in Rancho Cordova. Previous positions have included Mitchell Middle School interim assistant principal (spring 2011) and assistant principal at Cordova High School (2011-12).
The school district still has open positions available. The district is in the process of searching for candidates for the following positions: principal of Cordova High School, principal of Kinney High School/Prospect Community Day School and assistant principal at Mills Middle School.
For more information, go to fcusd.org.