Several Palo Alto Unified schools will have new principals this fall: JLS Middle School and Duveneck and Palo Verde elementary schools.
JLS Middle School Principal Lisa Hickey, who has led the school since 2016, will move to the district office to become director of certificated human resources. Her new position is effective July 1. Hickey is a longtime teacher and school administrator who started in the district as the principal of Juana Briones Elementary School in 2012.
Pending school board approval, Duveneck Principal Chris Grierson will replace Hickey at JLS, Superintendent Don Austin wrote in a weekly message on Friday. Grierson has been Duveneck's principal for the last eight years; before that, he worked as a teacher, dean and assistant principal at JLS, Walter Hays Elementary School and Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School.
Grierson "requested the transfer as a professional growth opportunity and chance to return to his former site," Austin wrote. "A confirmation committee supported his request and Mr. Grierson has enthusiastically accepted the appointment." The district is currently looking for Grierson's replacement.
A search is also underway for a replacement for Palo Verde Principal Hillary Miller, who has resigned due to personal reasons, Austin said. Miller was named principal in 2016 after a year of three interim principals at Palo Verde. Her resignation "had nothing to do with her performance. We think very highly of Hillary and respect her decision," Austin said.