A top candidate to replace Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly has been selected and will be publicly identified "in the next few days," Board of Education President Barb Mitchell said.
The five-member school board picked the person Thursday after interviewing four finalists at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto.
"This veteran educator offers an impressive blend of insight, vitality and courage that match the desired characteristics expressed by community members to bring outstanding leadership for our district," Mitchell said. "We'll organize and (disclose) more information in the next few days as planned."
The disclosure is expected to come before school board members pay a "validation visit" next week to the candidate's current school district prior to finalizing the hire.
The top candidate emerged from a pool of eight semifinalists whose applications were presented to the board April 30 by the search management firm Leadership Associates. That day, the board narrowed the pool to four, who were interviewed Thursday.
Thursday's selection means the board is still on a timetable to finalize the new hire in June. After seven years in the top job, Skelly in February announced his plan to resign effective June 30.