Seventy-six Palo Alto teachers, counselors and administrators will be granted tenure, or "permanent status," Tuesday by the Board of Education.
Under state law, teachers must be granted tenure if their employment is continued after a two-year probationary period. The California Education Code governs tenure law, but evaluation of probationary teachers is left to local school districts.
The 76 in Palo Alto have been screened, evaluated and observed in classrooms by multiple parties including principals and instructional supervisors, the school district said.
"We regard the decision to grant permanent status as, by far, the most important human resources decision made here," Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers said.
The number of Palo Alto employees getting tenure tonight far surpasses the numbers in recent years: 43 in 2012 and 2013; 41 in 2011 and 36 in 2010.
A "tenure celebration" to honor the teachers will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday night, March 25, prior to the board's formal vote. It will be held in the boardroom of school district headquarters at 25 Churchill Ave.
Following the celebration, the board will meet in a 6 p.m. closed session to discuss construction litigation, real estate negotiations and employee discipline before re-convening in a 6:30 p.m. public session for its regular meeting.
During the regular meeting, the board will also discuss the prospective renewal of its lease of the Cubberley Community Center to the City of Palo Alto, which expires at the end of this year. In February, the City Council unanimously supported eliminating a 1989 provision in the lease that requires annual payments to school district.
School employees expected to earn tenure tonight include 69 teachers, two counselors, two psychologists and three administrators.
They are, from Addison Elementary School: Kathryn Bramlett and Sarah Jados.
From Barron Park Elementary School: Athena Foley and Lara Jarvis.
From Juana Briones Elementary School: Laila Adle, Elizabeth Estrada, Charlotte Fang, Kimberly Hanley, Carly Janiga, Megan Warter, Hillary Miller, Julie Zurich and Principal Lisa Hickey.
From Escondido Elementary School: Ilo Nilson.
From Fairmeadow Elementary School: Yi Choy.
From Greendell School: Shannon Coleman and Brian Cordero.
From Gunn High School: Amy Anderson, Anne Dumontier, Brian Gadus, Ana Maria Gonzalez Barrios, Kristina Grandlund-Moyer, Jacintha Kompella, Jena Lee, James Lubbe, C. Alec MacLean, Jill Naylor, Kenneth Perrotti, Kathryn Pomilla, Megan Stauffer and Elana Zizmor.
From Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School: Elicia Blackford, Misty Breen, Jaima Buddle, Alicia Corwin, Christopher Mahle, Mikaela McKenna, Mary Melnick and Shelly Smith.
From Jordan Middle School: Meghan Ben, Jedd Bloom, Jeffrey Gielow, Kenny Lee, Diana Modica and Erland Patterson.
From Nixon Elementary School: Ann Kwolek and Courtney Smith.
From Ohlone Elementary School: Limin Chen, Cynthia Ehrhorn, Laurie Hall, Catherine Harkness, Roni Kraft, Yineng Lu and Christina Thomas.
From Palo Alto High School: Ashwini Avadhani, Craig Bark, Herb Bocksnick, Caitlin Evans, Ronnie Farrell, Christopher Kuszmaul, Melissa Laptalo, Mimi Park and Craig Tuana.
From Terman Middle School: Bryan Nabas, Tiffany Ou and Angeline Sheridan.
From Walter Hays Elementary School: Kathleen Bransfield, Brian Hubbs, Helena Katunaric, Benjamin Margevicius, Ron-Michael Powers, Yolanda Reidy, Janine Rocha and Kathleen Vargha.
From Student Services: Tara Keith and Elizabeth Tucker.