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School District Makes New Appointments
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Trustees of the Riverbank Unified School District named Melanie Romo as the district's newly hired psychologist and Marcus Wirowek as director of human resources during the Aug. 7 board meeting.

Wirowek is from the Modesto area and previously has worked in human resources in the private sector. He will begin work here in September.

Darlene Ribeiro, who has served several months as interim HR director, has been appointed secretary to Superintendent Daryl Camp. Previously Riverbank High registrar, then district assistant HR director among other posts, Ribeiro has been with the district for 18 years.

In teaching positions, the board announced Scott Latchem as a teacher at Adelante High School, Jorge Estrada Valencia to teach at Riverbank Language Academy and Isaac Robles to instruct in agricultural science and mechanics at Riverbank High School, replacing Travis Cardoso, who resigned over the summer vacation.

Among sports coaches returning to their jobs from last year are John Bartlett and Ismael Mercado as co-head coaches for girls' golf; Martin Gonzales as varsity and Danny Diaz as junior varsity coaches in boys' soccer; and Monte Wood for girls' cross country and Juan Vizcaino for boys' cross country.

Returning football coaches include Jim Oliver as varsity head football coach; Mike Foster, Fermilli Powell, Jeff Wyatt and Jeremie Helwick as varsity assistant coaches; and Jason Scott, Mearl Aitcheson, Dan Alonzo and Tyler Vaasa as junior varsity coaches.

Volunteer coaches who have undertaken to assist in football are Wayne Davidson and Mario Reyes in varsity football and Rob Taylor with the junior varsity squad.

Cardozo Middle School coaches returning to their sport include Estefania Zamora in eighth grade girls volleyball, Mario Jimenez in coed soccer and Ralph Contreras in flag football.

Irwin Carrillo will volunteer his services in cross country training at Cardozo.

In the only action item on the agenda, trustees approved renewing the District's Assistance and Intervention Team (DAIT) contract with the Napa/Solano/Contra Costa Educational Support Team Services. The team will conduct extensive classroom visits in March to gather data and bring the district's efforts into compliance with the state's academic standards.

The contract will cost the district $11,646 from Sept. 1 of 2012 to June 30 of 2013. It has been renewed annually for several years.