Story by Adam Kwoh
SPUSD introduced Cheryl Busick as SPMS’ new principal on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Busick’s new position comes after former principal David Kubela announced he would be leaving the position beginning on Apr. 30.
Busick has led as Arroyo Vista’s principal since 2011. Previously, Busick has served as principal of Temple City’s Longden Elementary School. Busick has also had multiple assistant principal positions during her career, filling the role at the Mark Keppel, Fremont, and Glenoaks elementary schools.
Under Busick’s leadership, Arroyo Vista Elementary School was honored with the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award and 2015 Gold Ribbon School honor. Additionally, the school has earned two California Distinguished School awards during Busick’s nine-year run.
“We are thrilled to announce that Cheryl Busick will take the lead at South Pasadena Middle School,” Superintendent Geoff Yantz said in SPUSD’s press release. “Mrs. Busick’s proven leadership skills within the District and her track record of developing a positive learning experience for students, a supportive teaching environment for faculty and staff, and an engaged parent community will serve our middle school well.”
Busick’s term as SPMS principal will be effective on July 1. The district is currently in the process of selecting a new principal for Arroyo Vista as Busick leaves her leadership position at the elementary school.