In seeking a new school superintendent for Palo Alto, search managers said they're trying to create a profile of the ideal replacement for Superintendent Kevin Skelly.
To elicit public comment, consultants from search firm Leadership Associates, which the board selected last week, will hold a special meeting with the Board of Education this Wednesday, March 19, as well as three public forums on March 25 and 26.
The firm is asking people to answer the question, "What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Palo Alto Unified School District?"
Based on the answers they get, search team leader Peggy Lynch, a former southern California school superintendent, said her group will rank the characteristics sought and develop a profile to circulate in advertising the position.
Skelly, who came to Palo Alto as superintendent in the summer of 2007, announced last month that he plans to resign effective June 30.
Wednesday's special board meeting, to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.), will also include an overview of the search process and finalization of a timeline.
A public forum will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave. A second public forum will be held Wednesday, March 26, from 9 to 10 a.m. in Conference Room A at the school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. A third public forum will be held later that day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.
For updates on the superintendent search process, the district is directing people to the Superintendent Search web page or to Skelly's administrative assistant Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650) 329-3737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.