John Dean, the Portola Valley School District's director of learning and media, has been named interim principal at Corte Madera School. The appointment was made by the district's governing board at a special meeting July 18.
He will serve in this capacity while the district searches for a permanent replacement for Michael Corritone, who resigned in late June to take a job in the East Bay.
District Superintendent Lisa Gonzales said that the school board decided, on her recommendation, to hire a search firm; the district had earlier embarked on its own recruitment process. A new principal could be in place as early as October, Ms. Gonzales said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Superintendent Gonzales said that an initial recruitment effort for a Corte Madera School principal produced no good candidates. Ms. Gonzales said that, in fact, the district effort did produce "suitable candidates" for the position.