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Secondary education director Debbra Lindo hired as superintendent in Emeryville

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After a year with the Palo Alto school district, Directory of Secondary Education Debbra Lindo will depart in June to become superintendent of the Emeryville-based Emery Unified School District.

Lindo's departure was announced to the Board of Education Tuesday, following her appointment Monday by the Emery school board.

Lindo joined the Palo Alto district last summer after a stint as CEO of the after-school college preparatory program College Track. She also has been a high school teacher and high school principal.

"I truly do love the Palo Alto Unified School District -- everyone has been terrific," Lindo told the board Tuesday. "This is just one of those opportunities I can't refuse."

Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly said Lindo leaves a legacy, despite her brief tenure.

"She's added so much to our organization and we thought we'd have her for a long time, but this opportunity came along and it's a great match for her skills, and closer to where she lives," he said.

The search is on for Lindo's replacement, Skelly said -- as well as replacements for Escondido School Principal Gary Prehn, who is moving to Fairmeadow School; Associate Superintendent Virginia Davis, who is retiring; and Skelly's administrative assistant Kathleen Ruegsegger, who is retiring.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by michael
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Leaving after only one year? Hmmm, a) she was forced out or b) she was never committed in the first place. Either way, leaving this quickly is not good.

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Posted by Kris Taylor
a resident of another community
on Oct 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

She has done this over and over including at Carlmont.

She made many promises when she was hired and then left within a few years promises unfulfilled. She is a media hound. I can honestly say she's always ready for a picture.

I found she was unorganized and she seems to just keep moving around. In the last 10 years she's been at how many school districts?- 5 or 6. She is a great deal of smiles and fluff no real follow through.......

She once said at a meeting she didn't think learning to swim was important because girls don't like to have their hair messed up while at school. She seemed to forget this is a life skill and schools are for educating not beauty contests!

I wish her new school district luck - BUT keep your eyes open!

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