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Third Annual EdTech Team California Summit Featuring Google for Education Hosted by Gunn High School

On July 19-20, 2014, over 1,200 administrators and teachers from all over the world will be converging at Gunn High School in Palo Alto to learn from Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams on the newest ways to engage K-12 students in learning and integrating technology.  Teachers sharing with one another meaningful and practical ways to utilize a wide array of Google Apps and other online tools will fill the weekend of this sold out conference, the flagship summit for the EdTech Team’s Global Tour.

District Announces Two New Assistant Principals for Gunn High School

Superintendent Kevin Skelly is pleased to announce he will recommend to the Board of Education the appointment of Heather Clary-Wheeler and James Lubbe as Assistant Principals at Gunn High School. The recommendation will be presented at the June 17, 2014, Board meeting.  Ms. Clary-Wheeler and Mr. Lubbe replace Ms.Trinity Klein and Ms. Kim Cowell.

Project SEARCH Graduation Celebrates Successful Students and Partnership

Wednesday, June 18, will mark the commencement ceremony for nine graduates who are completing Project SEARCH, a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work program focused on building high level work skills for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Four of the nine graduates already have jobs upon graduating and one of them has been hired by the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, a first for the program. This effective program has a 77% employment rate which outshines the 17% employment rate for individuals with disabilities who do not have the opportunity to attend a program like Project Search. 

District Announces New Director of Elementary Education

Dr. Kevin Skelly, Superintendent, is pleased to announce he will recommend the appointment of Mrs. Barbara Harris as Director of Elementary Education.  The recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education at the June 17, 2014, regular meeting.  Mrs. Harris replaces Ms. Kathleen Meagher who recently announced she will be leaving the district after accepting the position of Director of Secondary Education at the Arlington Public School District in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee Chosen as Finalist for Superintendent

The Palo Alto Unified School District’s Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee as the finalist for Superintendent. Dr. McGee is a proven leader, innovator, and passionate advocate for developing the abilities of every child. A validation team comprised of Board and community leaders traveled to Chicago on Thursday, May 22, to complete the final due diligence step in the search process. The appointment will be presented at the June 3, Board of Education meeting. Dr. McGee will succeed Dr. Kevin Skelly who has served as Superintendent since 2007.

PAUSD Announces New Principal at Gunn High School

Superintendent Kevin Skelly is pleased to announce to the Board of Education that he will recommend the appointment of Dr. Denise Herrmann as Principal at Gunn High School. The recommendation will be presented at the May 20, 2014, Board of Education meeting.  Dr. Herrmann replaces Ms. Katya Villalobos who will become the Principal of the Palo Alto Adult School.