Crowell Elementary School Principal Linda Alaniz announced Monday at a staff meeting that she will be leaving the school and Earl Elementary Assistant Principal Margaret Osmer will be named Interim Principal at Crowell.
The change will occur after the holiday break. The official decision from the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees will be announced Tuesday night at the Trustees public meeting.
Alaniz will likely be moved to the Assistant Principal position at Turlock Adult School, pending final approval from the Board of Trustees.
Alaniz has come under seemingly constant fire in the last year, from her controversial handling of the now infamous stabbing incident involving a six-year-old victim who was stabbed in the neck with a pencil by a classmate, to the public outcry from teachers about the work environment at the school in which they proclaimed, “We work in hell and the devil is our boss,” to an alleged cover-up of a sexual assault involving a third-grade autistic boy, as well as numerous grievances filed by teachers with the Turlock Teachers Association and run-ins with parents, staff and teachers.
Two sources who work at Crowell, one of which attended the staff meeting but did not want to be named, commented on the announcement, saying “the reign of terror is over,” and “as ridiculous as it is, I cried because I was so happy.”
“At the conclusion of the winter break I will not be returning,” the source said Alaniz told her staff. “The timing is not good — I understand that. I hate to leave in the middle of the school year. But in this very difficult decision I found who was coming (to Crowell) and I am very comfortable with the decision.”
Turlock Teachers Association President Julie Shipman, who brought many of the problems at Crowell involving Alaniz to light, commented on the change.
“I am happy to see that a change has finally been made,” said Shipman. “It’s what is best for Crowell School, for the students and staff. Margaret Osmer, the interim principal, is an experienced leader, a former Marine, a top-notch educator and a caring individual. TTA wants what is best for the school, and quality leadership with a fresh start is exactly what is needed.”