Grade Rosemont HS Admin: Should They be Fired?

How would you rate the performance of Leise Martinez, Peter Callas and Nathan McGill?

If 's three top administrators received a report card, what would it say? Would it be bad enough to justify firing all three of them?

, Principal Leise Martinez said.

Rosemont, what do you think of this decision? Should the Sacramento City Unified School District stick to its guns and replace Rosemont's administration, or would that be a setback for the school?

Vote in our poll below to let us know what grade you'd give Martinez, Callas and McGill; leave a comment to let us know why you voted the way you did.

JDoug March 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
The numbers show that Rosemont High has been improving at a faster rate than other schools, but since enrollment is down they are looking for a reason and have made a poor assumption that it must be the administrators at the school. If they would look at what is really going on at the school they wouldn't be blaming them.
Harold March 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Look, they may be doing a great job, but when I was in HS, there was only one principal to run it. So maybe just maybe they are way overstaffed with 3 AP's and need to reallocate resources. More teachers are needed, not more AP's or people sitting in the DOE ivory towers.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Thanks for the comment, Jay. What do you think is really going on at the school? Is it something better or worse than the numbers show?
J Beauregard March 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
If you have ever had dealings with Ms. Martinez you would most certainly say its time to go. She is one of the rudest most condescending individuals I have ever met.
Randall March 21, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Ms. Martinez has done more to create ties between Rosemont High School and the Rosemont community than any other principal at any other Rosemont school period. The homecoming parade and Essence of Rosemont are two events that have allowed all the elementary schools and Einstein participate on something together, creating a sense of togetherness that didn't exist before. This is what a neighborhood high school should mean to a community. Since Mr. McGill has been VP, the school has been safer and discipline tighter than previous years. Do we really want to put all this progress at risk by removing those responsible for getting us on track?
Cat March 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Frankly, it is ridiculous for the District to think that getting rid of the entire Administration Team is not going to set Rosemont High School back.  As a community member, I have seen that the lack of stability in Administration in the past has been a huge issue. The school opened in 2003 and in 2009 when Principal Martinez took over, she was the 4th Principal.  She is making headway and I feel that our community has become much closer, and more involved with Rosemont High School.  The elementary and junior high schools that feed into Rosemont have declined in enrollment also, wouldn't it logically make sense that the high school's enrollment would go down as well?
Lynn Reilly March 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
As a longtime member of the Rosemont community, I am pleased to see the progress that Rosemont High School has made over the past 2-3 years. Ms. Martinez, Mr. Callas, and Mr. McGill have made significant progress in the short time the three of them have been there, and removing them from their positions would not allow the school to continue moving forward. The school hasn't even been open for ten years and there have already been four principals and numerous vice principals; however, these three have shown their dedication to the students, the school, and the community through the changes they’ve implemented on the campus, the academic progress they’ve achieved, and the community ties they’ve created. Of course there has been a decline in enrollment; the Rosemont community has been hit hard economically, and many families with children and teenagers who were able to buy a home a couple of years ago have lost their homes and been forced to move out of the Rosemont attendance area. The district was just fighting about closing AM Winn because of enrollment; obviously the whole area is suffering. Additionally, the district's choice to open yet another small school, George Washington Carver, within the attendance area has also impacted the enrollment. Removing Martinez, Callas, and McGill from their positions will not change the enrollment; all it will do is cause the school to lose the forward momentum it has finally gained.
Tracy Ramirez March 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard! If declining enrollment is their reason to oust our entire administration, then they better start typing pink slips for all of their principals in every school. The news is filled with stories every day about declining enrollment in all of the schools in the greater Sacramento area. It is not just Rosemont. I think they are using it as an excuse. I would like to know what their real reason is. i would also like to know if they have taken the time to get involved in our school and see what progress the administration has made over the past few years. Obviously, they thought enough of Ms. Martinez to promote her from Einstein to Rosemont. Why the change now? I have seen the changes from when my nieces and nephews went to school there in the beginning to now when my daughter goes to school there. They have made a huge difference in the student's behavior. Cudo's to Nate McGill! He has a tough full time job keeping those teenagers in line. Ms. Martinez has led her staff in creating a positive relationship between the school and community. I have never seen a principal get so involved in their community efforts. Take a look at the recent news. Let's hold our school board accountable for their decisions. This is our school and our administration. They need to justify their actions to us!
Tina Wong March 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Yes, now is not the time to change the administration. They work with the community as previously sited and have a wholistic view of our community. This Raymond guy is an outsider and I do not like the idea of him changing everything. Who would he put in? his cronies? . More enrollment does not mean a more quality education. I'm fine with fewer students. My daughter is a junior at RHS, and while I would like to see improvements (i.e. a MESA--math/science club), overall she has been happy and is doing well.
Joy March 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I personally did not care for Martinez even back when my son was at Einstein and she was the principal but I do not wish unemployment on anyone. I like Mr. McGill & my son has nothing but great things to say about him.
Joy March 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I concur! And she never follows through with any concerns brought to her attention. I do not feel she has done anything to benefit the HS since she transferred from Einstein. Not to mention hearing her voice every other day on her recorded messages is annoying enough.
Diane Sanchez March 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Bottom line...will getting rid of our Administration benefit R.H.S.? No, We have gone through too many Principals and Assistant principals since we opened that School. I am angry that SCUSD doesn't allow Principals to stay longer than average 3 to 4 years. To rip them out from under our students, parents, staff and community is not in the best interest of the schools success. It takes time to build a foundation....we have not had the chance to do that...... we are still a NEW school.... we have struggled to establish traditions... but we have persevered in paving new traditions and programs in the last three years. Martinez, Callas , and McGill have worked hard and has spent many hours on Rosemont many successful programs. I see Callas, Martinez and McGill at all events making sure that our student body is safe, and they interact with the students. The students love them and need them to stay. Yes Martinez has connected with the community, and she has the most support from Callas and McGill.....they have a vision to bring the community together...we are very fortunate to have a small town feeling in such a big city. We are lucky to live in Rosemont and have the support of our Administration. With the tragedy of Young Jessica....I saw the strong support from all of them . So speak up people and voice your support for all THREE to stay as a team...cause we are moving in the right direction.
Gerry Goodie March 22, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Very well said Diane - SCUSD should let the community and the parents have a vioce in this process. This administrative team is doing a great job in and out of the classroom. To make such a decision to replace this team is counterproductive and doesn't serve the students or thier parents well. If enough of us speak up we can reverse this bad decision and tear up those pink slips.
Andrew Maalouf March 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Take it from a student over at Rosemont High School, I came into Rosemont as Ms. Matinez, was already principal. So I can not argue that anyone was worse, or that anyone was better. I have enjoyed every year with Ms. Martinez. If you havent noticed that she is the most community oriented Principal Rosemont has ever had, and thats a fact. My older brother was at Rosemont for the his freshmen, and Sophomore year with the Principal being Dr. Ramos? Anthony, never liked coming to school, and he told me that he just had to drag himself up every morning. I have worked hand, in hand with Prin. Martinez, at events such as The Essence of Rosemont, and the Rosemont homecoming parade. Did you guys on here notice that those BIG community events, started from Ms. Martinez. She is all COMMUNITY! She loves the Rosemont Community. Now, for Mr. Callas, and Mr. McGIll, I feel so much safer this year then my Freshmen year. Mr. McGill, came in and helped us to reach that feeling of safety. He has helped make Rosemont safer, and make it feel like a better place. Mr. Callas, has been there for me, since my freshmen year. He is the person I can go to no more what I have to ask, or no matter what I need to talk about. He has stood by me, and helped me in anything I needed help in. All, I have to say is that don't judge them if you aren't interacting with them everyday. I see her on a day to day basis. She is an amazing person! I love her, and her whole ADMIN team! Rhs will suffer at there loss.
Julie A. Thompson March 22, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I have had two sons attend Rosemont High School. My eldest graduated in 2008 and my youngest will graduate 2012. I would like to say that although there are items and issues that need to be addressed, changing the entire administration team is truly not going to rectify the issues at hand. During this last few months I have had the pleasure of getting to know Leise Martinez directly. I have know of her for many years and I can tell you that during the incident with Justin Foster, she was hands on and handling the information. She was kind and considerate. I saw action. I do agree that changes need to be made, and here are some of the issues I can address: 1. Lack of response and follow through to calls and/or emails from parents concerning issues about their child or school issues. 2. Lack of Direct involvement with what is going on at and around the school. I can tell you this honestly, I have no clue who Mr. Callas or Mr. McGill are as I have never seen either one of them. I am at the school often and very involved in many aspects. I know of Mr. McGill, through discussions, but that is as far as it goes. 3. Lack of equitable support for ALL sports teams. I know that the traditional sports are always in the forefront, but there are students involved in other sports and it should be just as important to lift those sports up and get the necessary support from the staff, community and Administration. Let's work with the administration and give them a chance!
Julie A. Thompson March 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The positives are: When a serious matter occurred Leise Martinez did handle the situation. When a request is made I know that I can contact her for follow through. The school overall does seem to have a very cohesive feeling about it, this too can be due to several good teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Beckett, Mrs. Horgan, and many others who take the time to know the kids and being involved. If teachers and Administration show their care and concern for the their school, reach out to kids, the difference will show. If you have an apathetic attitude towards it all, and I am sure at times as with any job this is the case, that will show as well. Running a school and dealing with several hundred students and parents is no easy task! My hat is off to all who chose to teach and guide children and take the responsibitlity seriously! PARENTS: I call to all of you to stand up. Those of you who have children at Rosemont and at Einstein, get involved, know what is going on. We all are busy, but our children are our future! They are all in need of support, even when they say you embarrass them or they don't want you around...that is when you should get more involved! Stay in touch with staff and with information pertaining to your school and community! We need to build upon the foundations that have been laid. We need to encourage growth and change where it is needed. Let's all work together and send that message!
Andrew Maalouf March 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Our test points have raised dramaticlly since Ms. Martinez has been our Principal. She is amazing. She works side by side with everybody at Rosemont to make sure everything goes well. She see's me and askes me what she can change, and what is good. I don't think getting rid of the Admin team, will only make Rosemont way worse.


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