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.