School Board Update

Currently, the Board of Education of the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is working on approving plans for new classes, the proposed 2014-15 budget, staffing appointments, summer school programs, board policy updates and hiring a new superintendent.

The Board is working on approving the Early Childhood Development course, the Getting in the Game course, the Computer Science Principles course as well as the Computer Science Capstone Project.

The Early Childhood Development course is currently pending University of California (UC) credit approval and does meet the Career Technical Education (CTE) Standards.

The Getting in the Game semester-long course does not meet UC requirements.

Both of the Computer Science courses fulfill the UC “g” requirement and the CTE Pathway Standards.

A main focus of the meeting is on the interview and appointment of the new superintendent.

As of now, the next step is to review the candidates with the search firm and decide on who to interview for the position. Board policies are also in the process of being updated.

Among these updates include a new policy of nondiscrimination in district programs and activities, which requires that districts allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities or facilities that are consistent with the student’s gender identity.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 6.