Former principal Jacinth “Jas” Cisneros not returning to Mark Keppel

Douglas Chin, Sr. motions to the large amount of faculty, students, and parents in support of Cisneros's return to Mark Keppel during his speech to the AUSD board. THE AZTEC/BRANDON CHUNG
Douglas Chin, Sr. motions to the large amount of faculty, students, and parents in support of Cisneros’s return to Mark Keppel during his speech to the AUSD board. THE AZTEC/BRANDON CHUNG

Jacinth “Jas” Cisneros will not be returning to serve as principal of Mark Keppel High School after the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) meeting on January 5. The board members approved Cisneros’ reassignment to a district-level position with a 4-1 vote.

The Keppel Alliance urged parents to attend the meeting on to show their support for Cisneros’ return. An email sent out by Sharon Woo, Alliance President, advocated for parent participation in the process of returning Cisneros to Keppel. The e-mail listed three actions that people could take, including attending the January 5 board meeting, signing an online petition, and emailing the five AUSD school board members. Since the first meeting discussing Cisneros’ position on December 8, 2015, over 1,000 student, parents, and faculty signed petitions in favor of Cisneros’ return to Keppel. The online petition has gained 293 signatures at the time of this article’s publication.

At the meeting, various individuals spoke in favor of Cisneros’ return to Keppel, highlighting the numerous projects that she has spearheaded as principal and emphasizing her dedication to the students and school. PTSA Committee Member Denise Tso said, “It would be a waste of [Cisneros’] time and talents to be sent to the district [to work].”

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