Excelsior Eyes Changes Next Year
New principal and campuses coming
Featured In The Victor Valley Daily Press
By Jose Quintero, Staff Writer
July 16, 2013 | Victorville, CA
Excelsior Charter School has appointed a new principal and plans to open two more campuses in 2013-14. Minda Stackelhouse will be the school’s new principal, effective July 31. Superintendent William Flynn officially announced Stackelhouse as the principal over the weekend. “I’m really thrilled to be the principal,” Stackelhouse said. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m really excited to get to know Excelsior’s system. I just think it’s a fabulous opportunity.” Stackelhouse has spent the past 17 years in the Victor Elementary School District. She served as the principal at Brentwood Elementary School for four years before becoming the principal at the Academy of Performing Arts and Foreign Language last year. Stackelhouse will replace Jess Descalsota, who moved into another position within the district, according to Flynn. Descalsota will now serve as the director of quality for Excelsior. Flynn said he is excited to have Stackelhouse join the school. Flynn said he has watched Stackelhouse’s career in the Victor Elementary School District, and said he has always admired what she has done in her 17 years there. Flynn said there are three key attributes about Stackelhouse that lets him know she is a perfect fit for Excelsior. “She has been an amazing leader at all the schools she has been with. She’s a great leader” Flynn said. “Minda is an innovator. For a charter school, it’s important that people are innovated and she has demonstrated a lot of innovation in her career. And third, she has a lot of strong connections in the Victor Valley because she has been here for a long time and is active in the community.” Excelsior is set to open two more campuses, bringing the total to five. Victorville will get one of the Excelsior campuses and the other will open in Norco. Leti Perez, who has served as a facilitator for Excelsior, lives in the Norco area and will assume duties as the campus’ principal. The school will open the Excelsior’s Aviation, Medicine and Engineering Academy in Victorville, taking over the old Sheppard Middle School campus at George Air Force Base. “Victor Valley College has some programs out there, so we are going to be partnering up with them to train on that end,” Flynn said. “We already had somebody building up our sports medicine program, so he will split time between there and our main campus. And we are getting a great teacher, formerly from Lakeview Middle School, who ran their robotics program. So all the opportunity was there to open up this new campus.” Among these changes, Excelsior will jump to an 11-man football league next year and will add a soccer and wrestling program. Founded in 1995, Excelsior is a public charter school that provides an alternative education opportunity for students in grades seven through 12, with campuses also in Barstow and Phelan.