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Board to add advisory group to superintendent search

Original post made on Dec 12, 2017

Palo Alto Unified's search for a new superintendent will be slightly different this time around, with the added involvement of community members and staff who will meet the final candidates and serve in an advisory capacity to the school board.

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Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Barron Park

on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Posted by Focusing on What Matters
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2017 at 7:39 am

I applaud the creation of an advisory council, but I do wonder about the plan to have board members each appoint two members to it. Why not follow the process that has been used before, where a call is put out for community volunteers? Board members can always encourage people they believe would be strong members of the advisory council to apply. Appointment can lead to narrower views, as the pool of candidates is limited to the people that the board members know. And, let’s face it, we don’t have the most diverse board or a board that reflects the diversity of our community. I encourage an application process rather than appointment by individual board members.

Posted by Parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2017 at 8:09 am

@Focusing, you can "apply" - just send an email to This process is really no different than others, except that normally the super appoints (with advice and consent of the board). If she or he wants certain people, the just tell them to "apply." Here it's the board's job to choose, and there are five off them, so they split it up. But anyone who wants can toss their hat in the ring.

Posted by palo alto resident
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Why were the students not present? For an issue as important as this, I'm surprised to see the students missing? The Special Meeting was only announced relatively recently -- were they not invited?
We need to hear more from the students about important issues like these!

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