O'Brien has served as the associate principal at the Menlo Park middle school. She will be the school's first female principal, according to Trustee Francesca Segr?'s newsletter.
Alicia Heneghan, a former San Mateo-Foster City School District administrator and principal, will be Upper Laurel School's new principal.
Their contracts started July 1.
The district also hired Chih Mei Chung as a transitional kindergarten (TK) teacher. The district is adding a TK program this fall.
Portola Valley Summer Concert Series
The town of Portola Valley began hosting the Portola Valley Summer Concert Series on July 14.
The concert series is free and takes place at the Portola Valley Town Center, at 765 Portola Road, between 5:30 to 8 p.m., with each event including food trucks.
The Gold Souls were set to perform on Thursday, July 14, after the Almanac's press deadline.
The Joint Chiefs Band, performing on Thursday, Aug. 25, is a funk, acid jazz and R&B band that likes to make its audience dance.
Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band, performing on Thursday, Sept. 15, is a local California band that blends soul, funk, Americana and jazz with intergenerational talent.
For more information on the concert series visit portolavalley.net. —Jonas Pao
Woodside Architecture Review Board accepting applications
Woodside residents with an interest in local architecture are encouraged to apply to fill a vacant seat on the Architectural and Site Review Board (ASRB). The board evaluates residential applications for key architectural aspects such as landscape and design in order to make recommendations to the town's planning director.
The board is composed of five members and currently has a vacancy for a term which would expire in February 2025. It meets on the first and third Monday of each month.
Information requests can be directed to Town Clerk Jennifer Li at [email protected]
Applications are due Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. The Town Council will interview candidates on Sept. 13.
Eshoo secures $4.5 million in funding
Representative Anna Eshoo has secured $4.5 million in federal funding for a pedestrian and bike tunnel under Caltrain tracks on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park, to be voted on by the House of Representatives.
The funding comes as part of $21.4 million in the 2023 Appropriations bill for the residents of her congressional district, including $8.5 million for Caltrain crossings.
"I think that what is essential in all of these projects is to cover where people move," Eshoo said. "Whether you're a pedestrian, whether you're someone riding a bike, riding in a car, everyone benefits from this."
The funding, which will be voted on by the House of Representatives next week, aims to improve pedestrian safety in Menlo Park through safe track crossing.
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