SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Unified School District announced at a general board meeting that Jose Soto-Ramos has been offered the opportunity to serve as the Interim Principal for the 2017-2018 school year at Lincoln High School. The decision to select Soto-Ramos as the Interim Principal was a true collaborative effort and one that was made after careful consideration and discussions with a panel comprised of teachers, students, parents, community members and district officials. “The internal designation to appoint Mr. Soto-Ramos as the Interim Principal was based on the panel’s recommendations to ensure that his new role would be paired with the necessary district supports for a successful school year,” said Bruce Bivins, a San Diego Unified Area Superintendent. “To that end, and based on the panel’s recommendation, the district is in the process of securing a strategic partnership with UCSD’s Dr. Heather Lattimer, who would bring strategic support to Mr. Soto-Ramos.” As the Interim Principal, Soto-Ramos will play a lead role in continuing the academic success and collegial visions for Lincoln High School. This will be his first principalship. Soto-Ramos has been the Vice-Principal at Lincoln High School for the past five years. Prior experience included serving as a San Diego Unified Mathematics Teacher, and as both a District Mathematics Coordinator and a Vice Principal in Texas. In addition, Soto-Ramos is a veteran of the United States Navy. Throughout his five years at Lincoln High School, Soto-Ramos has developed a great bond with the students and families he serves, and he will continue to nurture those bonds in his new role. Soto-Ramos has demonstrated a strong commitment to solving problems using restorative approaches at both the student and community level, and his passion for Lincoln High School stems from his belief in the students and community. Superintendent Cindy Marten notified the Board of her appointment in closed session earlier this afternoon. At this time, San Diego Unified is no longer pursuing a candidate search to fill the Lincoln High School Principal position.