With superintendent selected, school board prepares contract

Hiring of Glenn 'Max' McGee scheduled for discussion next week

The Palo Alto Board of Education this week met to work out the contract terms for Illinois education veteran Glenn "Max" McGee, chosen last week to be the new superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District.

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Posted by PAUSD parent
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

A year or two ago when there was intense debate about Superintendent Skelly's performance, the "sky will fall down if Skelly is hounded out" brigade tried to sow fear amongst parents that PAUSD would never find another qualified candidate to replace him. Well, it seems the Board was able to find not just one, but four suitable candidates. My, what a shock. Time will tell how the new superintendent turns out, however, the fear-mongerers did a disservice to the community to suggest that no-one would ever want to take the job at PAUSD. Clearly all four semi-finalists were interested in the position. And I presume there were even more who did not make the short-list. I suppose it is too much to ask for the chicken little brigade to have the guts to admit that they were wrong.

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Posted by statistics
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I think you're misrepresenting the case. The concern raised was if a certain individual managed to gain access to the board, who had repeatedly called for the super to be fired, we wouldn't be able to find a replacement.

Fortunately voters took note and we now have this result.

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Posted by Beentheredonethat
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

McGee's first task will be to make sure Leslie Braun gets 100% convinced he's out to do a good job. Then he will conveniently forget all about doing a good job.

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Posted by Alfonso
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Is anyone checking for a clause in the contract asking for reimbursement in case of less than x years service or poor performance? If not, that's a lot of public money walking out the door AGAIN. Just sayin..

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Posted by Say what?
a resident of Walter Hays School
on May 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

So there were concerns expressed by a candidate two years ago about the superintendent which subsequently turned out to be understatements and then we were able to find a replacement who appears to have strong qualifications. How does your argument add up? Sorry if I'm slow.

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Posted by statistics
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Hint: Check the results of the election. That's how we managed to get a replacement.

Not enough for you? Check out he reason McGee decided to join:

"Though he said the decision to leave [] was a difficult one, he said he was won over by the Palo Alto entourage's visit last week. "I walked away from that thinking, 'These are the kinds of people I would like to serve, with whom I can collaborate to make a difference,'" he told the Weekly in Illinois last week. "I came away feeling really positive about the final decision to sign on."

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Posted by Smoke and mirrors
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Looks like Max McGee will do fine, he's already spewing the PAUSD drivel. I wish Barb Mitchell and Tabitha Hurley would truly ignore what I am writing right now, but they won't. They read every word and react to it with contrived quotes about how the trip to Illinois was necessary. Leslie Braun only makes a partial point regarding hiring. What she failed to mention was that Kevin Skelly did not hire well or retain his principals and district office administrators. In fact, It's upside down. Charles Young is still here, and I haven't read much support anywhere for his performance. Scott Bowers will be an interim superintendent in July, but one has to question his continued employment at this point. McGee needs talented new staff around him. He will have to hire well. That he is leaving his Chinese-backed school so quickly doesn't bode well, though. Makes him look like he's coming out here for Silicon Valley connections for a start-up. Still praying we've already hit the nadir a few months ago because it doesn't feel like it yet.

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Posted by Some Pig
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 31, 2014 at 9:28 pm

That's so e ridiculous salary he will be getting. However, a one million dollar loan will only make a small down payment on a decent house in Palo Alto.

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