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School Board Appoints Lydiksen Principal Director of Curriculum in Educational Services

Mindy Bolar will take up her new post on July 1.

PLEASANTON, Ca: Mindy Bolar in 2012 camping on the playground in her pajamas as part of a stunt to support literacy. Photo Credit: Autumn Johnson
PLEASANTON, Ca: Mindy Bolar in 2012 camping on the playground in her pajamas as part of a stunt to support literacy. Photo Credit: Autumn Johnson
By AUTUMN JOHNSON

Lydiksen Elementary's principal will be taking up a new post at the district office at the end of the school year. On May 13, Mindy Bolar was appointed by the school board as the Director of Curriculum in the Educational Services Department at the District Office. 

Bolar has been the figurehead at Lydiksen for two years when she replaced former principal Colleen Henry, who retired in 2012. Bolar will take up her new post on July 1. The process to replace Bolar will be announced soon, according to a statement released by Bolar. 

Bolar sent the following message to Lydiksen families last week:

Message from the Principal
 

At the May 13 PUSD Board Meeting, I was appointed Director of Curriculum in the Educational Services Department at the District Office.  My new role will begin on July 1, 2014.  Information regarding the process for selecting a new principal for next school year will be shared shortly.  Input will be gathered from staff and community to ensure a positive match for our school. I have been so proud to serve as the principal of Lydiksen for the past two years. It has been a privilege to work with your children, our wonderful school community, and the outstanding staff.  I will do my best to support a smooth transition, and I look forward to working with Lydiksen in a new capacity next year. Thank you for your continued support!

Bolar was well-known for performing outrageous stunts to support literacy. In 2012, Bolar offered to either eat a dead roach, perform the chicken dance or camp on the playground in her pajamas during the school day if her students met a set goal of buying a specified amount of books at the annual book fair. This year, Bolar ate a chocolate covered cricket after the book fair.

[Related article: Elementary School Principal's $12,018 'Stunt' for Literacy]

According the school district, prior to coming to Pleasanton, Bolar was the Director of Educational Services for the Milpitas Unified School District. Bolar was both an elementary school teacher and principal  in Milpitas. Bolar is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Cal State University East Bay.

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