Mountain View Voice

News - April 12, 2013

Principal drafted to head adult ed

District taps Keith Moody of MVHS for promotion

by Nick Veronin

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District has some changes planned for its line-up of top administrators. The district recently announced it has tapped Keith Moody, current principal of Mountain View High School, to replace Laura Stefanski, who will be leaving her post as the director of Adult Education and transitioning into a new role as associate superintendent of personnel.

The high school district's board of trustees is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the promotion at its April 22 meeting.

Assuming all goes as planned, MVLA Superintendent Barry Groves said Mountain View High School is likely to have a new principal by May.

The search for Moody's replacement has begun, Groves said. The district has posted the position on job boards and is assembling a committee of about 15 staff, teachers, parents and students to help find the right fit. The goal is to present a candidate for board approval before June.

Groves commended Moody for the 11 years he has worked for the district — eight of them as principal for Mountain View high.

"I think his biggest legacy at MVHS will be his continuous commitment to all students — making sure that every kid is learning every day," Groves said.

Moody was well liked by students, Groves said, recalling that students regularly asked to see his Super Bowl ring and that Moody always obliged. Moody was a defensive back for the Oakland Raiders, Groves said. He played during the team's 1980-81 championship season, which culminated in a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.

Over the course of his time at Mountain View high, the school has grown both in enrollment and in student achievement, Groves said. During Moody's tenure, MVHS was ranked in the top 2 percent of American high schools by U.S. News and World Report, and ranked in the top 1 percent for math and science by Newsweek.

Moody said he looks forward to his new position.

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