Schools - February 9, 2011

Help pick a new Menlo Park schools superintendent

by Renee Batti

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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