Four Palo Alto school board members and a group of local education officials will be traveling to Aurora, Illinois, tomorrow to vet their selection of a new superintendent for the district, replacing Superintendent Kevin Skelly.
The board released a special agenda for a Thursday morning meeting at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a small three-year public residential college-preparatory school that focuses on math and science. The school enrolls 650 students in grades 10 through 12, according to the school's website.
School board President Barb Mitchell told the Weekly that the finalist does not currently work at the school. She added that that the finalist's identity will not be announced until Friday, at his or her request.
"The reason we are timing the announcement is to allow ... the finalist and the board an opportunity to notify their community and prepare communications," she said at Tuesday night's board meeting. "That was the request, and we're honoring that request for all the right reasons."
The following are attending Thursday's meeting in Illinois: Mitchell, board Vice President Melissa Baten Caswell and members Heidi Emberling and Camille Townsend; Charles Young, associate superintendent; Sharon Ofek, principal of JLS Middle School and president of the Palo Alto Management Association; Teri Baldwin, president of the Palo Alto Educators Association and an Addison Elementary School kindergarten teacher; Meb Steiner, president of the California School Employees Association and Barron Park Elementary School special-education instructional aide; Susan Usman, incoming president of the Palo Alto Parent-Teacher Student Association; and Asha Guha, incoming president of the Partners in Education Foundation.