But at least some stakeholders remained skeptical, including Maggie O’Rourke, a Crescenta Valley High parent, who said the hiring seemed unnecessarily hurried.
“The whole thing makes me wonder, why is there a big rush?” she said. “It’s the process, and it speaks to the major concern a lot of people have about the district right now, and that is transparency.”
Doll’s career in public education spans 16 years, including positions in the Pasadena and Monrovia school districts, as well as being the associate principal at Glendale High School.
“I’m really looking forward to, in four years, handing my eighth-graders their diploma from high school,” Doll said. “Crescenta Valley High is a fabulous school, it’s high achieving academically, there’s a phenomenal athletic program, and wonderful extracurricular [activities]. The teachers are amazing, and I think it’s an opportunity I could not pass up.”
Doll was one of three district employees being considered, a number that didn’t surprise Sheehan, he said.
”We just went through another principal hiring at Hoover [High School], and so we had a strong pool of candidates,” he said. “It’s not like we didn’t know who our candidates might be. They had already applied for the Hoover position, and we actually picked up some additional candidates, one being Michele Doll, for the Crescenta Valley job.”
District officials said that all candidates went through several rounds of interviews, and that there was ample opportunity for community input.