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Superintendent Don Austin

Dr. Don Austin is entering his eighth year as a superintendent and his fourth with the Palo Alto Unified School District. Dr. Austin chose Palo Alto after extensive research and years of following the schools and community.

Dr. Austin believes strongly in the importance of organizational clarity, commitment to the fundamentals of school business, fiscal responsibility, innovation through pilots, access and equity, replicating best practices, honest and direct communication, and meticulous attention to detail.

Dr. Austin strives to hire, develop, and retain the best talent in every position to best support all students. He takes joy in seeing the magic moments that make school an experience worth remembering. As a life-long educator and learner, Dr. Austin is proud to serve the Palo Alto Unified School District and pledges his best effort each day!