New principal named for Encinal School Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Sharon A. Burns, principal of a Mountain View elementary school of 582 students, will likely be Encinal School's new principal, Superintendent Maurice Ghysels of the Menlo Park City School District announced this week.
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Posted by Questioning, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:13 am
Tricia-You are correct, the position Allison Liner is moving into is not new, just rebranded---but, Ghysels and the Board did create 2 new "Learning Leader" positions at a time when the district is deficit spending.
Another curious decision was to contract with the same recruiting firm that found Ghysels to "find" the new principals and then hiring someone who worked for Ghysels in Mountain View.
Posted by Professor, a resident of the Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm
You nailed it Questioning. The hiring firms and candidates are one in the same and are responsible for inflating the positions and the salaries. It's all about corrupted networks of influence. The references are padded and they are connected to the ones hiring. Hardly an objective and fair system, but definitely a costly one. MPCSD would do better to hire up from within and from where educators with true roots to the community could grow professionally. What you have here is a superintendent that does not want to take chances on new talent, but only rob from within other districts at presumably at high cost to both districts. These candidates are NOT coming to MPCSD for less pay! This is more a move by Ghysels to form the corporation he never had where costs are irrelevant and the students come last. Hence, he wants to emulate corporations like Google, which only hires the top talent for top dollars. MPCSD will become nothing more that a stepping stone for principals and administrators to use for their next position up and out in other districts. Mark my words.