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School District coordinator leaving

Linda Hiller

Dennis Guido, Douglas County School District’s coordinator of occupational education, resigned last month to go to work in Carson City.

In Carson City, Guido is now the dean of the proposed Opportunity High School.

Guido, who was hired by former Douglas superintendent Greg Betts seven years ago, resigned his position Oct. 17.

He had worked for the Los Angeles County Office of Education prior to coming to Douglas County.

In his position as coordinator of occupational education, Guido was responsible for setting up school-to-career programs, community-based classes and internships, and generally “broadening the four walls of the classroom” into the community.

He was also instrumental in encouraging school-business partnerships, where both parties benefit through mutual interactive support.

Indicating the move to Carson City was not a financial one, Guido said his salary in the Carson City School District is approximately $3,000 less than the $63,000 he was paid in Douglas County.

“I don’t care about that stuff,” he said. “I gave up $25,000 when I came here from California.”

George Mross, assistant superintendent of school district personnel services, said he wasn’t sure Guido’s vacancy would be filled.

“With our $700,000 shortfall, we’re taking a long look at whether or not we’ll continue that position,” he said.

He said CCSD’s newly-appointed superintendent Jim Parry contacted him and invited him to come and help set up the new alternative school, which officials hope will open in September 1998.

Prior to becoming superintendent, Parry had been handling vocational education, so he and Guido worked together from time to time and had become friends, Guido said.

“One reason Parry wanted me, I think, was he knew of my background with kids who might need alternative education,” he said. “Carson City has a large high school, just under 2,500 students, and like any large school, we have students who, for one reason or another, may need alternative education.”

After seven years, Guido said he is proud of the many accomplishments that he and others saw implemented in occupational education in Douglas County.

“I look back on my seven years at Douglas, and realize there were a lot of neat things we did – the career education program, the business and industry partnerships with schools, the career internships, the technology programs, distance learning, and the general relationship between business and education in Douglas County,” he said.

“I’m very, very happy to be working for Jim Parry, though,” Guido said. “He’s the kind of super boss that anyone would like to work for and I’m looking forward to getting the high school up and running.”