School board seeks comment on supe search

Search firms to be interviewed Monday in search for new Palo Alto Unified superintendent

The Palo Alto Board of Education will seek public comment at a meeting Monday, March 10, as it launches a search to replace Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who has announced he will resign effective June 30.

Community members may email comments in advance to or testify in person at the meeting, at which three search firms will present their bids for the search contract.

In a timetable aimed at having a new superintendent in place by July 1, the school board said it hopes to hire a search firm on March 10, hold "focus groups and community input forums" between March 17 and March 28 and present an update on the search process at the regular March 25 board meeting.

Details on the yet-to-be-scheduled "community input forums" will be provided in emails to parents and staff and also posted on the "Superintendent Search Page" of the district's website, the board said in a statement Wednesday.

Monday's meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room A of the school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Public comment will be invited at the end of the meeting, at approximately 12:45 p.m., following board interviews of the search firms Leadership Associates at 9:15 a.m.; Ray and Associates at 10:30 a.m.; and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates at 11:45 a.m.

The district has directed queries for more information to Kathleen Ruegsegger, executive assistant to Skelly, at 650-329-3737 or

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by Skung
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:34 pm

No more Leadership Associates. That was 2007. Let's not repeat, let's use a different search firm. Having former PAUSD superintendent Don Phillips work with current PAUSD superintendent Kevin Skelly for the three years before Skelly was hired in 2007, and then having the former managing partner of Leadership Associates Rene Townsend serving as the consultant in 2007 and the facilitator in 2007 and 2014 for board retreats is just not looking proper. Kathleen Ruegsegger is the contact now, according to the PAUSD press release, and she was the contact in 2007. New blood is needed all around. Skelly was overdue to step down and he avoids all the coming messes that will have to be cleaned up for years. That will be his legacy. Charles Young needs to announce his departure as well. Voters can then decide how they feel in the November election, provided information is not kept from them this time.

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Posted by Skade
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Public participation will be limited to the usual suspects and their participation will occur out of public view. When regular not-connected people try to participate at Board meetings they will be treated like cranks and crackpots. Meanwhile the friends of the board will be able to get whatever they want and to bad mouth things like following the law of civil rights and paying more attention to social emotional health. It's all wired. PIE and PTAC have all the juice. Site councils are a joke, just figureheads. Walter Hayes PTA matters, everyone else can get bent. Get ready for Skelly 2, the Sequel. As long as Barb Mitchell is board president, we are getting nothing good. What kind of person would want to work in a place where secret closed meetings and fighting OCR are what you have to be willing to do? Someone who needs the job because they don't have a better option. Get ready, Skelly: the Sequel coming soon to a district near you.

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Posted by Why bother?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

Why even bother to write or tell the comments, the board and high influence teachers and parents will choose whoever they want. They want someone deaf and blind, and with bad memory, so they cannot do anything when parents complain. Someone just like Mr. Young who is deaf, blind, and who is with the PAUSD staff, not with justice. This is a wast of time.

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Posted by made your bed
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

And you wonder why the board and anyone associated with the district stopped reading the "Town Square" a long time ago.

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Posted by Which way is up?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

Far from stopping reading TS, they read it obsessively. That seems like a giant waste of taxpayer dollars but I do enjoy the mental image of the board and sr staff in their bunker reading Ed Burke.

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Posted by Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

Plenty of posts seem obviously from high level district staff. Adobe Meadows seems like a very short commute from 25 Churchill.

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Posted by Or maybe...
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Or maybe Adobe meadows is just the first neighborhood on the list. Don't think up too many conspiracies. Who would read this kind of garbage about themselves?

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Posted by Oops, We are going to do it Again!
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Mar 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Can any of you guess what firm will they want to choose? I will make it easier for you: Will they choose the same firm who found Skelly or will they try a new approach so they do not make the same mistake when they hired Skelly. Obviously this Leadership did not conduct a very good background check and we ended up with a superintendent who had problems with special education at his former job, and was kept in secret either by the board or the firm. How could such a scandal be kept in the dark? Leadership was either dumb or pretended not to know.

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