Fairmeadow Elementary School is searching for a new leader following an announcement that Principal Eric Goddard will become director of human resources for the Palo Alto school district.
Goddard, who will leave Fairmeadow at the end of the school year, has been principal of the school since 2008 and, prior to that, was principal at Palo Verde School for seven years.
Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers was to meet with the Fairmeadow staff to discuss a timeline and search process for a new principal.
Before joining the Palo Alto school district in 2001, Goddard taught for five years at Woodside Elementary School and served as principal at Loma Prieta Elementary School in Los Gatos.
A Palo Alto native, he attended public schools in Palo Alto, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from San Jose State University and a master's degree in education administration from San Francisco State University. Goddard also holds a teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University.
"We are excited to have Eric at the district office helping on one of the most important areas of our work: attracting and retaining the most talented staff possible," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.