Community asked to help pick superintendent


Community members, teachers and staff are invited to a series of meetings, starting this week, to say what the Menlo Park City School District board should look for in a new superintendent.

The board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, with advisers from the executive search firm Leadership Associates, which was hired to help find a successor to Superintendent Ken Ranella. He is retiring at the end of the school year.

The meeting will be in the district office board room at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

Two community meetings are also set for Feb. 10: one at noon in the Oak Knoll School library, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park; and one at 6:30 p.m. in the Encinal School library, 191 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

Board President Maria Hilton encouraged community members to attend one of the meetings to comment "specifically about what personal and professional qualities an incoming superintendent would have to best serve" the district.

She said comments are also welcome by fax, letter, or e-mail to Leadership Associates advisers. They may be e-mailed to The firm can also be reached at 949-461-9119 (phone and fax).

Leadership Associates advisers will also meet on Feb. 11 and 15 with parent groups such as the PTO Council and education foundation board, the District Advisory Council, union representatives, and district staff.

The advisers will then present the board with a report reflecting the input they receive during the series of meetings, Ms. Hilton said.

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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm

peter carpenter is a registered user.

What a refreshing approach compared to the totally secret manner in which the Sequoia Union High School District Board selected its new superintendent.

Well done Menlo Park City School District Board.

And now lets hope that the citizens actually take the effort to participate.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

I agree with Mr. Carpenter; I would go one step more by and think about shared services with another school district.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

The very reasonable consolidation of all the local K-8 schools will ONLY occur if the citizens demand it. Opponents of any consolidation are primarily those who will lose power (Board members) or jobs (duplicate positions). The citizen will have to drive such an effort.

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