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Two Executives Appointed to Alta Loma School District Administrative Team

The Alta Loma School District will welcome two new district administrators following the retirement of a pair of longtime executives.

Eric Hart, who has served as the ALSD director of fiscal services since March 2018, has been promoted to associate superintendent for administrative services and chief business official, replacing Steve Thomas, who retired after working 34 years in the school district. 

Deer Canyon Elementary School Principal Donna Carlson has been named the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources. Carlson, who was Deer Canyon principal since 2016, replaces Joan Sanders, whose career with the Alta Loma School District began in 2000.

“These appointments came after extensive recruitment and interview processes, and we are excited that the top candidates for each position were found right here at home,” said ALSD Superintendent Karen Hendricks.

As the director of fiscal services, Hart oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and risk management and he prepares all budget reports. He also has worked closely with the Child Nutrition Department and the current school modernization bond program. He also serves on the district’s insurance JPA executive committee.

“Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of school district finance to the position,” Hendricks said. “He has strong existing relationships and partnerships with staff and departments, which will help for making a seamless transition in this role.  

Hart previously served as a fiscal director in the Garvey and Saugus school districts after working as a partner with Christy White and Associates accounting firm for five years.

He has an M.B.A. from Kansas State University, as well as a B.A. in accounting and economics from Bethany College.

Carlson has had a wide array of positions during her 18-year career in education. She began as a general education teacher in Covina Valley Unified School District and held leadership roles with the Fresno Unified, Santa Maria-Bonita and Fontana Unified school districts. Later, she was a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment coordinator and assistant principal at an International Baccalaureate school in the Ontario-Montclair School District.

“Donna is a well-established and well-respected member of the ALSD community,” Hendricks said. “She has done wonderful things at Deer Canyon over the past five years, and we know she will be even more successful in her new role.”

She has an M.A. from California State University Northridge, as well as a B.A. in child and adolescent development from California State University Fullerton, where she also earned her teaching credential.

Thomas began his career with the Alta Loma School District in 1987 as a science teacher at Alta Loma Junior High School. He has been an assistant principal and principal at Vineyard Junior High, as well as principal at Jasper and Hermosa elementary schools. He was appointed ALSD’s associate superintendent for administrative services in 2012.

Sanders joined the district as principal of Victoria Groves Elementary School in 2000. She later held the same position at Stork and Carnelian elementary schools before moving to the district office as director of human resources and pupil services in 2015. She was named assistant superintendent in 2020.

The Alta Loma School District is scheduled to begin classes with in-person learning for students from pre-K through seventh grade on Monday, Aug. 9. The first day of school for eighth graders at Alta Loma and Vineyard junior high schools is Tuesday, Aug. 10. Students whose families have expressed interest in continuing their learning virtually have been notified of their option to enroll in the Alta Loma Long-Term Independent Study program.