Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will present Katherine Baker, principal at Terman for the past three years, for approval by the Board of Education at the board's next regular meeting, on Aug. 27. Baker replaces Michael Milliken, who held the secondary-education post for two years before announcing last week he is leaving to become superintendent of the K-8 Belmont-Redwood Shores School District.
Terman came into the spotlight earlier this year for its staff's handling of a bullying case involving a special-education student in 2010-11, Baker's first year on the job. The student's family publicly disclosed that a federal investigation had been conducted and resulted in a December 2012 finding by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that the school district had violated the student's civil rights.
Baker worked for 16 years as a teacher, middle school assistant principal and elementary school principal in San Jose's K-8 Oak Grove School District before coming to Palo Alto in 2010. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in education from San Jose State University.
"The process of finding a new principal for Terman is underway with the goal of having a strong replacement for Ms. Baker well before the start of school (Aug. 15)," Skelly said Thursday.
"We look forward to Ms. Baker continuing her outstanding service to the district and its students in her new position."
Most recently Baker was a member of the district's Safe and Welcoming Schools Task Force, which was charged with re-evaluating, refining and fortifying efforts to "ensure that all students feel safe and connected at school."
The district is in the process of revising its bullying policy and reporting procedures as part of a settlement in the Terman bullying case.