The councilman will replace John Monnig as principal of the Catholic school.
Saugus High Assistant Principal Frank Ferry will say goodbye to the school to take the reins as principal of Bishop Alemany High School, it was announced today by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Ferry has worked in the public school system for 17 years, most recently at Saugus, Hart and Valencia high schools. Ferry will replace John Monnig, who will retire from the Catholic school. Ferry was re-elected this month for a third term as Santa Clarita City councilman, a position he has held for eight years. Also a former mayor of the city, Ferry has a juris doctorate and holds a master’s degree in education. Calling him a close friend and wonderful person, Saugus High Principal Bill Bolde said the pair went through the administrative ranks together. “He was teaching at Valencia and I was at Saugus,” Bolde said. “We had chosen to go the administrative route. I’m very pleased to see him get this position. I’m saddened to know that a good friend won’t be around on a day-to-day basis.” Bolde said Ferry is “extremely ready for a position like this.” William S. Hart Union High School District spokeswoman Pat Willett said she is sure Ferry’s position at Saugus High will be filled. The school’s enrollment is not declining, and the position would likely be filled by an “inside candidate.” With students at Hart and Valencia highs being shifted to West Ranch and Golden Valley highs, it is possible that an administrator could come from either of those schools, Willett said. “It’s possible, but that’s theoretical,” Willett said. “He’s a promising young administrator, so I’m not surprised that he would find another position to advance his career,” Willett said. “Quite often a promising administrator will have to leave. I don’t know of any principalships that are opening any time soon, and sometimes they (former employees) come back.” Ferry could not be reached for comment Friday.