Anne Brown, who has served as principal of Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto for the last two years, will temporarily move to the district for the rest of the school year as interim assistant superintendent of human resources.
Brown informed her staff and Barron Park families on Friday afternoon. She'll replace Karen Hendricks, who was named interim superintendent after Superintendent Max McGee's sudden resignation in September.
"This is a very bittersweet opportunity for me as I will greatly miss being at Barron Park, yet I'm very excited to be able to support the entire school district during this time of transition," Brown wrote in a message to families.
Hendricks told the Weekly that Brown's experience as an established site administrator with human resources experience in a previous district made her a strong candidate.
The district considered bringing in a retired administrator or outside hire, but Brown "already has such credibility and trust in the district," Hendricks said.
Brown was moved to Barron Park from Palo Verde Elementary School in 2015. She came to the district eight years ago, after working in the Cupertino Union School District as a teacher, principal and director of human resources.
The district will name Brown's replacement early next week, Hendricks said. In her message, Brown described the person as a "very experienced educator who has served as a site and district level administrator" and a "warm and welcoming person" who is "highly regarded across the district."
She said she plans to be in "constant communication" with the interim principal until she returns next fall.
Brown told families she anticipates her last full day as principal will be Oct. 31.
District staff are asking the school board to waive its two-meeting rule and approve a contract for Brown at its Tuesday meeting. Her prorated salary will be $128,666, an increase of about $11,500 over the next nine months, according to a staff report.
Trustees will also discuss on Tuesday the next step in their search for a permanent superintendent.