SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--Two weeks ago, Lincoln High School students left their classrooms and chanted, "We want Soto! We want Soto!" Yesterday, San Diego Unified School District gave them who they wanted.
Following the energetic student demonstration and calls for action by parents, Lincoln's vice principal Jose Soto-Ramos has been appointed to serve as the school's interim principal for the 2017-2018 school year.
Despite the district telling 10News that Soto-Ramos wasn't being considered for the position that had been open for almost a year at the time of the student walkout, the decision to appoint him was announced at Wednesday's district board meeting.
"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 area superintendent Bruce Bivins in a statement. "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."
Soto-Ramos, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been the vice principal at Lincoln for five years. Before that, he was a math teacher with the district and a district math coordinator and vice principal in Texas.
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Congratulations Mr. Jose Soto-Ramos on your appointment to lead Lincoln High School.
— Kevin Beiser (@KevinBeiser) May 31, 2017