New Palo Alto High principal selected Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 11, 2007 at 12:11 pm
Three new principals have been appointed by the Palo Alto school board to begin the new positions this July. Jacqueline McEvoy, principal of San Mateo High School, will become the new head of Palo Alto High School.
Posted by Optimistic, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Jun 11, 2007 at 1:48 pm
If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time in over five years that a principal has been appointed from outside the district, except for Judith Barranti at Fairmeadow, who was a friend of Superintendent Callan's.
I think it speaks well of Kevin Skelly that we are able to once again attract highly qualified people from other districts, bringing with them new energy, enthusiasm and ideas.
Posted by natasha, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2007 at 11:43 am
I heard from a friend who used to teach in San Mateo that she personally would love to work with McEvoy, who will stand firm and take charge, not be pushed around, support her teachers, and also is a great principal in general. Yay for the right direction. These appointments do seem to show that the District is turning toward the right direction with Skelly coming in. Not a moment too soon.
Posted by Paly parent, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 1, 2007 at 2:37 pm
I spoke with an involved parent of a recent graduate of San Mateo High. She said Paly's new principal is a strong leader who will run a tight ship. As the parent of a son at Paly, I have often felt that Paly needs a stronger, more active principal with a vision, someone who sees the need to facilitate better communication (the lack of which is a common complaint among parents).