Hanretty named Portola Valley superintendent Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jul 29, 2010 at 7:25 am
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.
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Posted by John, a resident of the Portola Valley: Brookside Park neighborhood, 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?
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.
Posted by Peter, a resident of the Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley neighborhood, 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..
Posted by Leslie, a resident of the Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda neighborhood, 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.