Palo Alto superintendent to resign

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saying that he needed to take a break, Superintendent Kevin Skelly sent an email to parents and community members on Tuesday, informing them that he will resign at the end of the school year from the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Skelly, 53, who has weathered successive controversies in the K-12 district, wrote that he wants to spend more time with loved ones and contemplate on his next move. He said Tuesday that he probably will not stay in Palo Alto and that he could again work as superintendent for another district. But for now, he said, he plans to take time off: "Perhaps this next school year is the gap year I never had," he said, referring to the yearlong break that some students take between high school and college.

The decision was entirely his, both Skelly and board President Barb Mitchell said. He has two years remaining on his contract, which after a 3 percent one-time bonus this year pays him about $300,000 annually.

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