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Top school official to retire at year's end

Original post made on Feb 24, 2008

Associate Superintendent Marilyn Cook will retire at the end of 2008 after 14 years in the Palo Alto Unified School District, Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers announced Thursday night in an e-mail.

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Posted by Alex
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 24, 2008 at 10:20 am

Hooray! We've been all waiting for it ! It is not a big loss, it is a big win! The fewer "Cook" types PAUSD has, the healthier it will be.

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Posted by answers, please
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 24, 2008 at 6:20 pm

How much is Associate Superintendent Cook's salary? If the only projects worth mentioning are "championing" MI and getting it started and FLES (which she certainly didn't "champion" considering it's all but dropped), then how can they claim that MI is "cost neutral"? What percent of her time do you suppose she spent on MI last year? Does that get factored into the cost-neutral claim?

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Posted by Angry Parent
a resident of Walter Hays School
on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:54 pm

After the damage has been done, now she leaves?

Maybe she can convince a few of her friends to resign or leave early with her.

She (they) can enjoy a nice long retreat together in a remote village of China(far outside the influence of the PRC, The Confucius Institute, and Hanban).

An even nicer gesture would be for her to donate a large portion of her retirement (without a tax deduction) to the poor people in some of these villages.

Does she really have to wait until the end of the year, it's too long!

Good Riddance!

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Posted by Pleasant Parent
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Despite the rantings of a few small-minded, anonymous, grudge-bearing whiners, I'd like to say thanks for your years of service and your professionalism, Marilyn.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 24, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Well, it sounds like the intelligence in the Forum was good on this one--sounds like there's some housecleaning going on. Not surprising--Skelly's going to want his own people and Cook became associated closely with the failed Callan regime.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm

By the way, what's the difference between an associate and an assistant superintendent? Is there any reason Cook's job simply can't become part of Scott's?

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Posted by Tanya
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:56 am

Cook and Callan are like identical twins, they are both viewed as scheming intrigants by many in PAUSD. What a relief!

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Posted by concerned parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 25, 2008 at 8:25 pm

"championing MI" that's enough for me, WHY on earth should this be a priority?

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Posted by another cowardly anonymous person
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:45 am

I am delighted she is leaving. She may have been competent and honest at one point, but I have only seen her in another light.

I hope the next one can think about long term effects on the whole district of pet projects, not just how it "looks", be able to think well, put out professional reports, and be honest.

Nothing against her personally. I wish her a happy retirement. Nobody goes into education out of bad intentions, of this I am convinced. I am just happy she is taking one of the remnants of poor 60s thinking out of here.

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Posted by yippee!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

How about replacing her with a non educationalist? I think a business manager, someone with an MBA would be a great idea. Maybe then we can get some accountability in PAUSD.

I don't think we need to get rid of all the educators, but someone with experience in how to run a business might be the right balance.

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