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BHUSD Hires Permanent Beverly Vista Principal

Marin County administrator Martin Powers will replace interim Beverly Vista Principal Irene Stern.

The Board of Education has hired a permanent principal for , marking the first time in several years that permanent administrators are in place at all five city schools.

Martin Powers, currently the principal of Brookside Upper School in Marin County, will replace  starting July 1. Powers is expected to visit the campus Friday to meet students and faculty for the first time since the board voted unanimously last week to hire him.

“Dr. Powers is a principal with a skill set that closely aligns with the top three characteristics identified in the BV principal survey conducted a few months ago," Superintendent Gary Woods said in a statement. The characteristics include being responsive, focusing on instruction, being comfortable with dissent and advocating for a rigorous instructional program.

Powers’ classroom experience includes teaching grades two through eight as well as coaching high school varsity sports. Prior to working in Marin County, he served as principals of schools in Illinois and Wisconsin. 

The hiring of Powers also marks the first time in several years that the Beverly Hills Unified School District has hired someone from outside the district to become principal. Most BHUSD principals and assistant principals are promoted from teaching positions within the district.

Since becoming superintendent last July, Woods has encouraged the district to consider outside candidates for senior jobs. “Good districts are aggressive” in their recruiting, he said last week.

The appointment of Powers ends years of interim administrators at BHUSD. Stern has served as interim principal of Beverly Vista for two years, while Beverly Hills High School Principal was interim principal for six months before being named to the permanent position in December 2010. was interim BHUSD superintendent for a year before Woods joined the district.

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Brian David Goldberg, PhD May 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I am very excited about this hire and look forward to Dr. Powers beginning his tenure as the permanent Prinicpal at Beverly Vista. It has been a long road to find the right candidate and we owe a great debt of gratitude to Irene Stern for coming out of retirment and leading Beverly Vista back to its previous success. Thank you Mrs. Stern and Welcome Dr. Powers!
Brian David Goldberg, PhD May 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
We owe a great debt of gratitude to Mrs. Stern for stepping out of retirement to lead Beverly Vista back to academic success while we searched for a permanent Principal. It has been a long road but we hired a great candidate in Dr. Powers and we are excited for his tenure to begin. Thank you Mrs. Stern and Welcome Dr. Powers!
Joanna Smith February 14, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Dr Powers is bad for children and the community. We have seen him use his authority to harass students and parents that have been there many years and had no problems with the school before he came. He calls police social services and detectives on them trying to push them out of the school for personal reasons. He let detectives interrigate children at school premises without the parents consent or knowledge before or after the incident. He will not let parents of an IEP child volunteer to help the child but only lets parents he likes come and go freely. The fact that he grew up in beverly hills he only looks our for the locals and has told low income parents they should move to another school when they ask for help. He also took away the salad bar option. We are heartbroken that Irene Stern left.
Bob Prizman February 24, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Im shocked they made this guy work with children, is this a bad joke???? He has no integrity or moral compass and i do believe he will use his power against children !! Beware!!!
Nelly B. March 29, 2014 at 04:47 AM
Principal is rude and non-professional. He talk to the children like they are not students my child is scared of him says he looks at her funny. I agree this school needs a new principal. One parent complaint his kid was pushed by him. My son got injured and he did not notify me he came back with a bruise on his chest. The principle will embarrass your child infront of other classmates.

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