From reducing stress to the future of high schools, parents asked the school district's new Superintendent Kevin Skelly for his two cents on Wednesday.
The question-and-answer session was organized by the Palo Alto PTA Council, the same group that rounded up school board candidates for a whopping 15 forums and coffees this election season.
About 100 people came to Jordan Middle School to hear Skelly speak. Betting on a vocal full house, organizers had borrowed numbered deli tags from the sandwich counter at Piazza's, said Carrie Manley, co-chair of parent education with the council.
Yet the mood was calm and even subdued as parents laid their varied concerns before Skelly. One asked about teacher tenure -- determined by state law, Skelly pointed out -- and another about community service, which Skelly agreed was an essential part of education.
Palo Alto Online videotaped the two-hour session and made a short video of excerpts.