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Duveneck principal named to district-wide post

Kathleen Meagher to become director of elementary education

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Duveneck School Principal Kathleen Meagher has been nominated to become Director of Elementary Education for the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Principal at Duveneck since 2007, Meagher will move to the district office this fall if confirmed by the Board of Education Tuesday.

School Superintendent Kevin Skelly said the search for a new Duveneck principal is underway.

"I am extremely pleased to recommend Ms. Meagher to the board as the director of elementary education. Her skills, experiences and talents are a great match for this position. I look forward to working with Kathleen in her new role," Skelly said.

Meagher began her teaching career in Moreno Valley Unified School District in the Inland Empire of Southern California in 1984. She joined the Palo Alto district in 1995 as a teacher at Fairmeadow Elementary. She also served the district as the coordinator of Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment before becoming assistant principal at Los Altos High School in 2004.

Meagher returned to Palo Alto as the principal of Duveneck in 2007.

She earned a BA in elementary education from Boston College, a masters degree in education counseling from California State University, San Bernardino, and a masters in educational administration from Santa Clara University.

Meagher replaces Becki Cohn-Vargas, who resigned last September to become superintendent of the Luther Burbank School District in San Jose.

Skelly originally considered combining the positions of director of elementary education position with the director of secondary education, held by Burton Cohen. who is retiring in June.

Instead, Skelly said Wednesday he will keep the elementary and secondary positions separate, but does not plan to replace retiring Assistant Superintendent Linda Common.

Common, principal of Woodside High School for 11 years, joined the Palo Alto district last summer but announced in January that she will retire at the end of this year.

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