Portola Valley: Interim principal appointed for Corte Madera

Search firm to be hired to find permanent principal

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.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I do believe this was predictable... hiring someone who had to commute for an hour each way, each day from the East Bay with no plans to move.

I hope the school board will choose more wisely this time and truly represent the best interests of the broader community by whom they are elected, rather than a few vocal parents and teachers (and the teachers' union which represents teachers, rather than the community). I believe this will be the fourth or fifth principal in the past seven or eight years for CMS. And the lack continuity and consistent leadership shows!

PV Board...please represent the constituency which elects you! We need a parent/community "union" to counter-balance the teachers' union.

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Posted by CM Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I just have to ask, why were there were so many noticeable departures of quality staff from the school district this year? I am not sold on Superintendent Gonzales at all. She seems great at twitter and social media, but who cares really? If you read between the lines it looks like she is a terrible manager of people.

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Posted by J. A.
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I don't know if Ms. Gonzales had anything to do with it but my daughter and I were really sad to see Julie Flyn leave the district this year. I will say morale seems really low right now.

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Posted by PV Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Delighted to see the departure of Michael Corritone. Have every sympathy for his new school district, teachers, parents and students. If his resignation had been announced earlier, perhaps not as many CMS teachers/staff would have resigned this year?

Good luck to Ms Maijala. Plenty of wounds that need healing at PVSD.

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