Terman Middle School is searching for a new principal following an announcement Thursday that the school's current head has been nominated to become the Palo Alto school district's director of secondary education.
Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will present Katherine Baker, principal at Terman for the past three years, for approval by the Board of Education at the board's next regular meeting Aug. 27. Baker replaces Michael Milliken, who held the secondary-education post for two years before announcing last week he is leaving to become superintendent of the K-8 Belmont-Redwood Shores School District.
"The process of finding a new principal for Terman is underway with the goal of having a strong replacement for Ms. Baker well before the start of school (Aug. 15)," Skelly said Thursday.
"We look forward to Ms. Baker continuing her outstanding service to the district and its students in her new position."
Baker worked for 16 years as a teacher, middle-school assistant principal and elementary school principal in San Jose's K-8 Oak Grove School District before coming to Palo Alto in 2010. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in education from San Jose State University.
Terman's handling of a bullying case involving a special-education student in 2010-11, Baker's first year on the job, later became the subject of a federal investigation. It resulted in a December 2012 finding by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that the school district had violated the student's civil rights.
The district is in the process of revising its bullying policy and reporting procedures as part of a settlement in that case.
Baker recently served as co-leader of the district's recently launched task force on Safe and Welcoming Schools.