PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles High School Principal Eric Martinez will not be finishing out the school year. Instead, he informed the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District he would be leaving his post immediately. His last day was Friday, March 1.
“As this week comes to a close, we wish Eric Martinez our best wishes as he embarks on a new chapter in his life,” District officials stated. “He has made the difficult decision to resign his position as Paso Robles High School principal and to take on a new position outside of the area to best meet the needs of his family.”
On Jan. 31, Martinez notified the District of his intentions to resign at the end of the current school year so that he could move closer to his family.
Martinez was hired by PRJUSD prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. Prior to coming to Paso Robles, he was vice principal of his alma mater, Bullard High School in Fresno. He has worked in education for nearly 20 years.
“His contributions will always be remembered and appreciated by the students, staff, and community,” PRJUSD officials stated. “It is appropriate that on this week that concludes his time as the principal of Paso Robles High School, the school hosted a WASC accreditation team. Over and over the members of the team spoke of the incredible spirit of family exhibited throughout the school. Mr. Martinez has played an essential role in fostering that culture and we are forever grateful.”
The District is currently in the process of hiring a new principal for PRHS and they are asking for input on the hire via an online survey.
PRJUSD is looking to fill the position before the end of the school year.
“We hope to complete the hiring process soon and have a principal named in the next few weeks,” District officials stated. “During this time, the high school administrative team will continue to serve our students, staff, families, and community. The Deputy Principal, Nathan Meinert, will take the administrative lead over these next few weeks until the Board of Trustees approves a new principal.”