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School board to ponder goals in 'retreat'

In later closed session, members to discuss superintendent's evaluation

The Palo Alto school board will convene Thursday, Feb. 6, in a special morning session to discuss progress against the district's goals for 2013-14.

In a closed-door session beginning at noon, board members will discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Kevin Skelly.

The district's 12 annual goals – ranging from boosting classroom "differentiation strategies" to improving communication with the community – were set by the board last September.

Public comment on the goals is scheduled for early in the morning meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St. The hotel donated space for the event.

A second public comment session pertaining to the superintendent's evaluation will be held just prior to the closed session at noon.

Facilitating the morning session will be educational consultant Rene Townsend, former superintendent of the Coronado Unified School District and of the Vista Unified School District, who has led many past Palo Alto school board retreats.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by Super is not doing Super.
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Really hope that one of the goals is to learn to treat students with respect and parents too. Doubt it, but I have a dream. We all know that they are going to give him a "good Job" even though he is doing awful, but since this board cannot distinguish good from awful, and because they cover each other, we will hear again that our super is doing super, but they do not finish saying super bad. Skelly should be out. [Portion removed.] Out boardmembers are an embarrasement.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Feb 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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It would be a violation of the Brown Act for School board to ponder their goals in the closed session portion of their 'retreat' - that matter is NOT a permitted topic for a closed session.


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Posted by Cut the mike!
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm

This board will probably give Skelly an "exceeds expectations" a new contract and a raise. He should have been terminated when he did not tell the board about the OCR finding. If that wasn't enough to cause a breach then nothing will be. He's got a very secure sinecure here. But what do you expect from "Cut the mike" Mitchell.


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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

It seems to me that the Board discussed the possibility of offering the public "Virtual Office Hours" via Skype, or other on-line video tools, last September. Hope they haven't forgotten their commitment to review the use of this technology, making it easier for the public to communicate with them.



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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Feb 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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The Board will hold a retreat on January 28, 2014 at 8.30 AM the the Garden Court Hotel.
The agenda DOES provide for public comment as follows:

"Community members wishing to address the Board are allotted THREE minutes per speaker. Please note the speaking time cannot be delegated to another person. Should more than 20 people wish to address any one topic, the Board may elect to allot TWO minutes per speaker. Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or to questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda."

Here is the public's opportunity to address your concerns about the manner in which the Board seeks and permits public input. It will be interesting to see if anyone has the time or courage to speak.


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Posted by Super is not Doing Super
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I just had to say that I love the "CUT THE MIKE" She was so much in a hurry to sto the girl from talking so the truth would not come out to the public that she forgot she was being recorded.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Feb 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

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One item on the closed session agenda is:
8. Student Discipline

It should be noted that:
"Student disciplinary meetings by boards of school districts and community college districts are governed by the Education Code. District boards may hold a closed session to consider the suspension or discipline of a student, if a public hearing would reveal personal, disciplinary, or academic information about students contrary to state and federal pupil
privacy law. The pupil's parent or guardian may request an open meeting.
Final action concerning kindergarten through 12th grade students must
be taken at a public meeting, and is a public record."


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Posted by Reading comprehension?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

The title deals with "retreat".
Previous PAUSD board retreats were not decorated by quotation marks. example - Web Link

What am I missing?






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Posted by Skung
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2014 at 6:50 am

I've already read the results of Kevin Skelly's evaluation. It will not be exceeds expectations, just meeting expectations. That way, I'll feel better that he'll still get his $300,000. Perhaps Tabitha Hurley can write us a press release that makes me forget about the Skelly-Young reign of recycled TED talks and cliched quotes, instead of the most recent press release about the departure of Ann Dunkin, the recycled tech director from HP who came in a few years ago, screwed up the district email system, botched the implementation of tablets, and then gave us the legacy of Infinite Campus. The board has a lot to discuss this morning and I know they will be discussing Ann Dunkin because the topic is the most important press release placed right there at the top of PAUSD.org. There are no press releases about Skelly's lack of leadership, perfectly represented by his do-nothing stare January 28 while poor Young sheepishly went over to CUT THE MIKE.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Feb 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

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Corrected:

The Board will hold a retreat on Thursday FEBRUARY 6, 2014 at 8.30 AM the the Garden Court Hotel.
The agenda DOES provide for public comment as follows:

"Community members wishing to address the Board are allotted THREE minutes per speaker. Please note the speaking time cannot be delegated to another person. Should more than 20 people wish to address any one topic, the Board may elect to allot TWO minutes per speaker. Without taking action, Board members or district staff members may briefly respond to statements made or to questions posed by the public about items not appearing on the agenda."

Here is the public's opportunity to address your concerns about the manner in which the Board seeks and permits public input. It will be interesting to see if anyone has the time or courage to speak.


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Posted by hopeless
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

Like Mr. Magoo doing a vision exam.


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Posted by Cut the mike!
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

The idea that these board members are going to be checking their progress against their goals is almost funny if it wasn't so pathetic. How's it going on your goal of grater transparency and communication with the public? How many closed meetings have they had to discuss the OCR investigation at Paly? How many public meetings? The whole idea is a joke. Skelly should have been gone long ago along with Young and Wade. It's at the point now where every rock you turn over uncovers a major problem. District management is at an all time low point. The PTA is worthless -- they should be advocating for kids and instead they just defend the current admin, whoever that is and whatever they may have done. PSN, PTAC, PIE all have failed to stand up for kids. One voice indeed. There is no voice for kids and many voices for staff.


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