Forty-three teachers representing most of Palo Alto's public school campuses will gather today for a yearly event known as the "tenure celebration."
The celebration with colleagues and members of the Board of Education marks the conferring of "permanent status" under the California Education Code. Tenure comes after two probationary years with the Palo Alto school district and a tenure recommendation by supervisors.
Tenure law is governed by the state education code, but evaluation of probationary teachers is up to local school districts.
Following the 5 p.m. tenure celebration, the school board will get to work with a packed agenda that includes items on high school guidance counseling, elementary school math, oversight of the parcel tax and the change to the district's academic calendar beginning in 2012-13.
The board is also expected to approve reductions of 3.75 staff positions in maintenance, data processing and human resources. Most of those positions are already vacant.
Following a 6 p.m. closed session to discuss legal issues, the board will convene its public meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.