Kevin Keegan, the principal of Ormondale School for three years, has accepted the job of assistant superintendent for human resources for the Santa Clara Unified School District, close to his home in Santa Clara.
His new position was approved by the Santa Clara district's board on June 30.
"This is a really exciting opportunity in an area I'm interested in," he said after his position had been approved. "It's the community I live in."
However, he said, there was a lot he is going to miss about Ormondale. "I absolutely loved my three years at Ormondale," he said. "It's just a magical community."
He said he enjoyed working with the parents, kids and staff at the school. "That whole PVSD learning community is pretty special in my opinion," he said. "I'll miss it all."
The Ormondale staff accomplished a lot during his time there, including transitioning to the new Common Core curriculum. "They're a hard-working team," he said.
What Mr. Keegan probably won't miss is the commute. He said he had spent as much as two hours a day getting to and from work; now he's 10 minutes from his new office.
His three children, ages 9, 6 and 4, are also happy to have dad closer to home, he said.
Mr. Keegan will be returning to a district he worked in for 12 years as a teacher and principal. "They're excited to have me back," he said.
Portola Valley School District officials announced Mr. Keegan's departure in a letter to district staff June 27.
"Kevin has made tremendous contributions to Ormondale, the community, and the district, and he will be truly missed," the letter from Interim Superintendent Eric Hartwig and school board member Tim McAdam said.
The letter credited Mr. Keegan with imbuing "a positive and growth oriented mindset on the Ormondale campus, which we are certain will live on after his departure."
While the district conducts a search for Mr. Keegan's replacement, retired Las Lomitas School principal Sue Sartor will fill in.
Mr. Hartwig worked with Ms. Sartor when he headed the Las Lomitas School District "and has the highest regard for her talents and judgment," the letter said. "Her presence will enable us to take the time necessary to field a thorough and inclusive search for a new principal."
Ms. Sartor will begin working at Ormondale on July 21.
The district, which will hire a search firm to help find a new principal, said it hoped to identify a finalist for the job by the end of September.