MARTINEZ -- The Alhambra High School principal is resigning at the end of the school year, and a veteran administrator has already left the Martinez Unified School District.
Principal Nermin Fraser came to Martinez in 2011 from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, where she was assistant principal at San Ramon Valley High School.
Neither Fraser nor Superintendent Rami Muth returned calls seeking comment.
Fraser replaced Sue Mirkovich, who had spent most of her career in Martinez including posts as assistant principal at Alhambra and principal of Las Juntas Elementary. Apparently, it wasn't a smooth transition.
"The staff definitely had some issues with her," Dave Eliaser, Martinez Education Association president said of Fraser.
"There's definitely been some unhappiness there since the previous principal, Sue, left and Nermin came in," Eliaser said. "This was Nermin's first principalship and sometimes first-time principals make mistakes and fall into a few traps and I'm afraid that's what happened to her."
Eliaser declined to elaborate.
Within a month of Fraser's arrival at Alhambra, she had to deal with two unsettling incidents. First, a school employee received an email threatening harm to the high school. Police later determined the threat was a hoax. A week later, district administrators locked down Alhambra for more than two hours after a teacher found an empty handgun case on campus.
"It's a really exciting and new opportunity for me to work in the HR field in a large-scale district," Cammack said.
Cammack, who spent almost nine years in Martinez, began his career in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District as a fifth-grade teacher at El Monte Elementary School in Concord. He joined Martinez as the vice principal of the junior high school and served as principal at Las Juntas Elementary and Morello Park Elementary.
As director of student services, Cammack was responsible for the district's special education programs and oversaw enrollment, expulsions and the school attendance review board. When Rick Rubino left last year, Cammack was promoted to assistant superintendent and assumed responsibility for personnel matters.
Eliaser praised Cammack's commitment to working with employee unions to solve problems.
"That was very refreshing and I'm sorry that we didn't have him long enough," he said.
Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.