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January 28, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2004

News digest News digest (January 28, 2004)

New principal search underway

The district is looking at candidates to take over the position of principal at Palo Alto High School next fall, according to Paly Principal Sandra Pearson.

The district is still advertising the position so it can have as large a candidate pool as possible, Pearson said.

A selection committee made up of Paly students, teachers, parents and a classified staff member will probably start meeting in February, Pearson said. The committee will conduct some interviews of finalists and give Superintendent Mary Frances Callan input on candidates.

A finalist would undoubtedly be interviewed by members of Callan's cabinet, the school board and Callan as well, Pearson said.

Pearson served as Paly principal from 1987 to 1994. She returned as interim principal in August 2002 and stayed on after signing a two-year contract to remain at Paly.--Rachel Metz
Jordan jumps on homework-free night bandwagon

Jordan Middle School is the latest in Palo Alto to come up with its own series of homework-free nights as means to battle student stress.

The nights were advertised in an e-mail sent out to Jordan parents by Jordan Principal Suzanne Solomon, saying the school will hold a no-homework night almost every month until the end of the school year. Besides not assigning homework on designated nights, students won't have tests or quizzes on the day after such evenings.

"We hope that families and the community at-large will join us in our efforts. This is one additional step we can take to demonstrate that we care about our youngsters and their concerns," the e-mail read.

The non-homework nights this spring are: Monday, Feb. 23; Tuesday, March 23; Wednesday, April 21; and Thursday, May 20.--Rachel Metz
Caltrain ticket scalper arrested

A 23-year-old man was arrested recently for using a stolen credit card to purchase $5 Caltrain tickets and selling them for cash.

Police also discovered that Joshua Ray Ferreira, an Oregon resident who was found to be on parole, had other stolen credit cards, a stolen checkbook and stolen mail.

When police interviewed the owner of the checkbook, she reported that her home had been burglarized earlier, after she had spoken with a door-to-door solicitor. Ferreira, who was booked on multiple counts of burglary, fraud and other charges, is believed to be involved in an Indiana-based service that ships youngsters around the country to sell magazines.

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