The resignation of a middle school principal has prompted Denair Unified School District to once again rethink administrators at three of its campuses.
Following an announcement made by the district last month revealing new principals at Denair High School and Denair Charter Academy, Denair Middle School Principal Aaron Delworth issued his resignation in order to take a similar position in Atwater, closer to his home in Merced.
As a result, Travis Manley, who was initially chosen to assume the role of principal at Denair Charter Academy, will instead take over as principal at the middle school campus.
Manley will embark on his new position as principal at DMS after having served various roles throughout the local community, including a sixth grade teacher with Turlock Unified School District and Early Childhood and Credential Program Instructor for the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
To fill in the void left by Manley at DCA, DUSD Superintendent Aaron Rosander turned to Dawn Allen, a special education teacher at Denair Elementary School who also has administrative experience.
“Dawn has a wealth of experience as a teacher and in administrative capacities within special education, alternative education, and other educational programs,” said Rosander. “We are very happy that the opportunity for her to serve in this capacity has been presented.”
Allen has been with the district since 2014 as a resource specialist and special education teacher. She has more than two decades of experience as a teacher and as an administrator, including serving three years as principal at Adelante High School, a continuation campus in Riverbank, and working as a special education administrator in Turlock.
“I am very excited to work with teachers and students in an alternate form of education in order to really contribute to their future and to the future of the district itself,” said Allen. “I am just hoping to continue on the path of success that DCA has been on and continue to grow.”
DCA offers home school curriculum for K-8 students, as well as an independent study alternative for high school students who haven’t found the right fit in a traditional setting, have work or other family responsibilities, or have been expelled.
The campus serves approximately 300 students, with most of them being at the high school age.
“I like that DCA meets every individual student’s needs,” said Allen. “You can be a gifted student or you can be a student that has had some trouble in general education.
“In a classroom of 30 students, you don’t necessarily get the attention you need, but at DCA we see where each student is at and meet their needs,” continued Allen.
As was previously announced, Alecia Meyers is still set to assume the role as principal at Denair High School.