Top Manager Abruptly Leaves Natomas Unified School District

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A fifth member of the Natomas Unified School District’s senior management team has resigned after being on the job less than two months.

Red Balfour has left his post as director of human resources “for personal and professional reasons” it was announced today in a message sent via e-mail to school district employees. Balfour’s resignation is effective immediately and marks yet another blow to the embattled school district’s stability.

Although Mr. Balfour worked here a short time, I want to extend my appreciation for the contributions Mr. Balfour made to the District,” read the message from interim superintendent Dr. Walt Hanline.

Balfour’s hire was approved on June 13 during a special Natomas school board meeting. He replaced Ken Whittemore who resigned in December 2010 to take a job elsewhere. (David Pope filled the post on an interim, part-time basis until June 10.)

Today’s announcement follows close on the heels of departures by three other top managers in the Natomas Unified School District.

Former assistant superintendent of educational services Howard Kornblum announced he was leaving to take a principal job in another district just two weeks after Dr. Bobbie Plough resigned as superintendent. Chief Financial Officer John Christ retired at the end of June.

Human resources coordinator Diane Borrecco has been appointed to replace Balfour as interim Director of Human Resources. Borrecco has worked for the Natomas school district for 25 years and, according to the message sent by Hanline, has experience in recruitment, credentials, and employee and labor relations support.

The school district’s executive cabinet includes the human resources director, acting Superintendent Hanline, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Planning Mike Cannon, new Chief Financial Officer Douglas Crancer, new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Janet Handley, and the superintendent’s executive assistant Dolly McClellan.

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