An administrative version of musical chairs is taking place amongst elementary-school principals in the Palo Alto Unified School District.
Fairmeadow Elementary School Principal Lisa Gonzales has announced she will resign at the end of this school year.
It was Gonzales' first year at Fairmeadow. Taking her place will be Eric Goddard, who has been principal at Palo Verde Elementary School since 2001, Associate Superintendent Scott Bowers said Friday.
To fill Goddard's seat, the principal of El Carmelo Elementary School for the last seven years, Lupe Garcia, will move to Palo Verde, he said.
Goddard and Garcia are seeking the energy a new environment could bring, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said in a letter to parents.
They had already discussed switching seats with Skelly last fall, he said.
When Gonzales announced her resignation, Skelly asked if one of them would be interested in the Fairmeadow position, Bowers said.
Fairmeadow has seen three principals in four years and Skelly wanted to give the school stability with a longer-term district administrator, Bowers said.
The district has already begun looking for a replacement for Gonzales, posting the job opening on its Web site and that of the popular education-job database Edjoin.org, he said.
District officials will meet with El Carmelo staff next week to form an interview committee and hear what they're looking for in a principal, he said.
The two principals who changed seats have years of experience in district schools.
Prior to his seven-year stint at Palo Verde, Goddard taught in Woodside Elementary School and was principal of Loma Prieta Elementary School in Los Gatos.
Goddard grew up in Palo Alto and attended school here.
Garcia has worked for the Palo Alto school district for more than 30 years, including teaching at middle and high schools and serving as principal at Juana Briones Elementary School and Jordan Middle School.
Neither principal could be reached for comment Friday.
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