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Dr. Kevin Skelly became Superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District in 2007.  Prior to his present position, Dr. Skelly served three years as Associate Superintendent for the Poway Unified School District, a district of 33,000 students in San Diego County.  Dr. Skelly was also the principal of Saratoga High School for eleven years.  Dr. Skelly’s background includes work with budgeting, benefits, compensation, policy, curriculum and instruction, standards and assessment, special education and staff development.  His passion for education and children began with his work after college with talented students from low-income neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and with shoe-shine boys and their families in Quito, Ecuador. 

Dr. Skelly received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Education Management and Policy from UC Berkeley.  He lives in Palo Alto with his wife.  They have four children, two of whom graduated from Palo Alto schools and one who is currently a high school junior.


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The purpose of this publication is to provide information to our community about some of the ongoing issues facing the Palo Alto Unified School District. The trust and confidence of our community is vital to our success. To that end, we think it might be helpful to give you a regular report about our work and point out resources where you can learn more about specific topics. Although not everyone has time to attend Board of Education meetings, we recognize that many of you care deeply about the successes and challenges facing our administrators, educators and students. Our goal is to keep you informed about our ongoing efforts as we strive to achieve educational excellence for every student, every day.
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