Four of Palo Alto's 12 elementary school principals will be moving to new positions next school year, with most of them leaving to lead a different elementary school, the school district announced Friday afternoon.
Effective in the 2015-16 year, Palo Verde Principal Anne Brown will become the principal at Barron Park Elementary School; El Carmelo Principal Chuck Merritt will become the principal at Escondido Elementary School and also serve as the district's world languages administrator, a new position covering pre-K through high school; and Escondido Principal Danae Reynolds will become the principal at El Carmelo.
Barron Park Principal Magdalena Fittoria will become a district-based special projects administrator, tasked with supporting the implementation of recommendations due this spring from the superintendent's Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory committee and with an expansion of the district's Response to Intervention (RTI) program, a tiered process meant to provide early identification and support for struggling students.
Fittoria, who has served as Barron Park's principal since 2011 (with a year prior of being acting principal) will also "lead the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of innovative initiatives," according to a district press release.
"PAUSD is in a process of making systemic changes that will strengthen programs and services in our elementary schools and across the district," Superintendent Max McGee said in the announcement. "Drawing upon the deep skill sets, applicable knowledge, and meaningful experiences of each of these leaders will advance our vision that supports all students as we prepare them to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.
"Matching the expertise of these leaders with the districts' critical needs is fundamental to our goal of continuous improvement, and I am confident they will make broad and important contributions to students, staff, and families in their new roles."
Principals will begin reaching out to staff and parent communities at their new assignments as the year progresses, the district said.
Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers will work with the Palo Verde community to facilitate a process for finding the school's next principal.