Palo Alto school district to appoint new chief technology officer

Board to discuss appointment at Tuesday meeting

Derek Moore, the San Jose Unified School District's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer, the district announced Monday.

The Board of Education will discuss his appointment at its meeting Tuesday night, with Superintendent Max McGee presenting his recommendation.

Moore began his career as a network engineer for Accurate Data Networks before joining Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose as a computer support technician, according to a district press release. From 2006 to 2011, he worked in the Campbell Union School District, first as a computer technician and then as the supervisor of technology. The next few years he spent as director of technology services for San Jose Unified.

While in these positions, Moore provided hands-on technical support as well as strategic planning and implementation of several district-wide systems for students, parents, and staff, according to the district.

"Mr. Moore joins our district at a critical time when technology touches nearly all aspects of the teaching and learning experience," McGee said in a statement. "We believe his skills and background will help PAUSD move forward in making our technology enhance and simplify the important work happening each day to help students succeed."

Moore is filling the vacancy left by Ann Dunkin, who recently left the post to work for the Environmental Protection Agency. She had been with the school district since 2009.

In other business Tuesday, the board will also consider approving its goals for the 2014-15 year, which were discussed and revised during an annual two-day retreat this summer and again at the first board meeting of the year. The five ambitious goals, proposed by McGee, touch on issues such as transparency, communication, school-based control and use of data. (Read the five goals here.)

The board will also discuss budget revisions for this year and take a stand on state legislation by adopting a resolution that opposes a school reserves cap recently passed through California's 2014-15 budget.

The board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. View the agenda here.


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