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Schools - May 15, 2019

Woodside school district names choice for new superintendent

by Angela Swartz

The Woodside Elementary School District board has chosen its middle school principal to fill the district's top leadership position. Pending a vote in an open-session meeting Steve Frank will replace outgoing Superintendent Beth Polito, who is leaving her post at the end of the school year to head the neighboring Las Lomitas School District.

The school board reported out of a May 7 closed-session meeting that it had authorized negotiation of an employment contract with Frank, who has been with the district since 2002, to serve as superintendent. The board will vote on the contract at its next regular meeting, scheduled for June 4, said board President Silvia Edwards.

Frank is slated to take on his new role on July 1, if the contract is finalized in time, Edwards said on May 8.

"I'm very excited to work with the board, staff and parent community," Frank said at the May 7 meeting. "I look forward to working here, and it's the best school I could imagine (working for)."

In announcing the board's choice, Edwards said that Frank is dedicated to the school and is the right superintendent for the district's future. He became Woodside School's middle school principal in 2014, and is largely responsible for transforming the middle school program from a good to a great school, she said.

"His dedication is unparalleled," Edwards said. "Steve gets Woodside; he understands our culture and values of our school.

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