New principals for Colfax, Foresthill high schools

Paul Lundberg, Randy Ittner to start in July
By: Andrew Westrope,
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Current administrators at an Auburn middle school and a Grass Valley high school will be the new principals at Foresthill and Colfax high schools, respectively, according to an announcement from the Placer Union High School District this week.

Effective July 1, Meadow Vista resident Randy Ittner will leave his current position as principal of E.V. Cain STEM Charter Middle School and take over as head of Foresthill High School. He will replace Sue Lunsford, who intends to work with Placer School for Adults’ inmate education program, according to district Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Eric Vereyken.

“She has opted to reduce her assignment and move to the adult school,” he said. Lunsford did not respond to a request for comment.

Ittner, who holds a master’s degree in education from Sacramento State University, started teaching and coaching at Upland High School in Southern California in 1986. From there he moved to Meadow Vista with his family in 1993 to teach social sciences at Placer High School, became an assistant principal there in 2001 and then left the district to become principal at E.V. Cain in 2007.

There he served on the administrative boards of several educational organizations, coached volleyball and participated in training programs for behavioral intervention, professional development implementation, Common Core implementation, math administration and the maintenance of school standards.

Ittner said he’s had a “great seven years” at E.V. Cain, but he’s looking forward to returning to his roots.

“The school does a great job for students … and it’ll be hard to leave that, but I’m also excited to go back to high school, where I started my career, and was there for about 20 years,” he said. “To work at a small school will be fun, to get to know all the students and be back in Placer Union High School District.”

Ittner said Auburn Union School District is just beginning the process of finding his replacement.

At Colfax High School, Principal Rick Spears is set to retire in June and be replaced by Grass Valley resident Paul Lundberg, an assistant principal at Nevada Union High School. Spears told the Journal he has spent 18 years now – just more than half his career – at Colfax High, and 13 of those as principal. But as his wife retired last year and his granddaughter is approaching her second birthday, he’s ready to pass the baton.

“It’s been the best school I’ve ever worked at by far. Not even a close second. That’s because we have wonderful kids and parents and teachers. I’ve been blessed to be here,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll be helping with the granddaughter, and we’ll do some traveling together and I’ll get more golf in. I’m an avid golfer. Other than that, we’ll just have to figure it out.”

According to a press release from the district, Lundberg, Spears’ replacement, started teaching at Del Oro High School in 1995 and has since worked as a new teacher mentor, professional development mentor, department chair, curriculum and instruction advisor, testing coordinator and assistant principal. He has also been a coordinator or advisor for several educational organizations including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Honor Society. He lives in Grass Valley with his wife, Maria, son, Anthony, and daughter, Natalie, and will conclude his first year at Nevada Union High School in June. He did not respond to a request for comment.