District names Cobb as principal at Mesa View

James Cobb will take over as principal of Mesa View Middle School, it was announced at the Oct. 2 board meeting.

There’s a new principal on the Mesa View Middle School campus and his name is James Cobb.

Superintendent Cali Binks made the announcement at the Oct. 2 school board meeting, while introducing Cobb to board members, school officials and the public.

Cobb, who was serving as vice principal at Curtis Middle School in the San Bernardino Unified School District, takes over for John Moore, who is now principal at Oak View High School and Education Center in Yucaipa. Moore was at Mesa View for three school years.

“I was fortunate enough to spend the last five years over in San Bernardino Unified. I learned a lot of really good strategies and techniques,” Cobb said about his background.

He also was looking forward to the new opportunity in Calimesa.

“I hope to come here to what I understand is a wonderful middle school. It’s a beautiful campus, great students, great staff,” Cobb said. “I hope to propel the school to do even more great things in the future.”

Binks thanked Michael Coates and Frank Donahue for serving as interim principal of Mesa View while looking for a replacement for Moore.

“Both of you have gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations,” she said. “Not only did they care and love our students and our staff, but they also made very wise decisions, they supported our parents and they have given us very good feedback. I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you.”

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