Hanretty named superintendent of Portola Valley School District

Tim Hanretty, who has served as chief financial officer and assistant superintendent for the Portola Valley and Woodside school districts for many years, has been named the Portola Valley School District's new superintendent, effective with the start of the school year next month.

Mr. Hanretty replaces Anne Campbell, who in January will become San Mateo County superintendent of schools after an uncontested election in June.

The appointment was made as part of the school board's recent reorganization of the district's management structure, according to a press release from the district, which oversees two schools: Corte Madera and Ormondale.

Corte Madera School Principal Carol Piraino is also making a move up in the district: She has been appointed assistant superintendent for special education and curriculum, the press release said.

Mr. Hanretty said Corte Madera will open the school year with "an experienced interim principal in place," but that "hiring a highly qualified individual to serve as the permanent principal at (the school) will be my top priority."

Mr. Hanretty received a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco, and has completed graduate work in finance, human resource and organizational development at the University of California at Berkeley.

He joined the Portola Valley district in 1999, and led school construction and renovation projects at Corte Madera, Ormondale, and Woodside schools.

Mr. Hanretty said the decade-long joint powers agreement between the Portola Valley and Woodside districts that allowed the sharing of his services as finance director ended last month.

Woodside has hired a new full-time chief business official, Robin Wasco, who worked previously in the South San Francisco School District, he said.

In a prepared statement, current Superintendent Anne Campbell said: "I can't think of two better people to lead the (district). Mr. Hanretty and Dr. Piraino bring a wealth of talent to their new positions.

"Tim is a true expert in the realm of school finance and the development of creative solutions to perplexing problems. ... Carol is a highly skilled educator who holds a profound vision for what schools can be in the 21st century and who possesses the management skills needed to make that vision a reality."


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Posted by John
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jul 29, 2010 at 7:25 am

Even the outgoing superintendent has openly discussed whether we need a superintendent in the PVSD. Now we are adding 1.5 people at a mid-six figure pay grade to a school district that is asking (and getting) employees to take a pay cut and residents to pay an increased parcel tax. How does the school board explain this?

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Posted by Anna
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jul 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

Indeed - interesting that the timing of the announcement for the Asst Superintendent was after the parcel tax special election - even though it was in the works long before then.

This is exactly why people do not support the parcel tax - even if they feel compelled to vote for it.

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Well I heard that the students are so excited about the new hire that they would like to end summer early and start school on Monday. Great work folks. Who cares if the district is a little top heavy, good teachers are dime a dozen.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

John and Anna: don't let facts get in the way of a good story. The new structure has fewer administrators and less cost associated than the current structure. More than $1M has been reduced in spending in the district over the last 2 years without eliminating the jobs of any classroom teachers. and while for the non-teaching and administrative folks there is no raise, that is not lowering salary. The teachers have been getting raises all along I believe..

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Posted by Leslie
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

Believe me, after working in all levels of the public schools, Portola Valley is lucky to have Mr. Hanratty. If only La Honda pescader could have been so lucky...and besides, he actually lives in the community he works in.

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Posted by CITIZEN00
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Oct 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

'Tim is a true expert in the realm of school finance'

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