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School board to reflect on its own function, effectiveness

Original post made on Jan 23, 2020

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Thursday to reflect on its own performance and discuss how they can make meetings more efficient. The superintendent will also be evaluated.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 11:36 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm

If the board actually knew there was board policy and they were responsible for enforcing it and knowing it, that would be a good start. They seem to like to hold silly meetings stating that they are holding silly meetings and the meeting time is not productive. Kind of like saying you are going to fix the math program, but with no plan and then giving yourself 3 years to have silly meeting about it.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

From the first times I started taking an interest in school matters, I have seen so many times that one board institutes a policy on things like the size of elementary schools, the class sizes, taking money as gifts from wealthy families to benefit just one school, etc. etc. and a new board subsequently ignores these policies without discussion, I am totally put off anything the school board does nowadays.


Posted by Mindful
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Please. As an involved public school parent, I ask that the PAUSD Board, staff and public behave as Don Austin has — as the adult in the room, in my opinion. From day one and from the lowest rung up, he has been a fantastic, intelligent, mindful leader in an often self serving, narcissistic community that looks to one and not all. I beg of you not to throw the baby out w the bathwater. This area desperately needs strong leaders and role models who humanize daily, all what our children most will benefit from a one-of-its kind education striving forward emotional maturity in highly charged and challenging environment. To be human is to err . Let’s show it now . We are still healing from the last “odd” superintendent vacancy.




Posted by Captainsleadwellwagoodcrew
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Mr. Austin is an exceptional public servant who has steered an unsteady, damaged ship into calmer waters for repair - PAUSD Board, you should be nothing but proud of your choice for hire. Don’t bumble a gem who very well may get us through human grief and loss. As well move us beyond data points, an algorithm, and really help prepare our children for a life we may not be around to see.


Posted by Independent
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:35 pm

@resident + hahahahahahaha Don Austin is not the adult in the room. He's just a teacher's union advocate who also has his hand out. Has he improved student academic performance? Has he made sure public records requests were fulfilled? He sought to get rid of the two meeting rule to reduce public input. He's seeking to increase blended learning, which reduces instructional time for students. Ha ha ha. He's no different than the others who don't care to serve students.


Posted by Independent
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jan 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Hahaha what a joke. Palos Verdes couldn't stand him and we're thrilled Pausd hired him


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