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Outrage at Almond

Original post made on Apr 14, 2008

Parents are angry that popular interim Principal Joe McCreary was not given a permanent position at Almond Elementary School, and came to Monday's district meeting to voice their frustration.

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Posted by Doug Smith, a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2008 at 9:57 pm

My complete comment was truncaed in the final edit. Complete quote is as follows:

- There is also the question of relevance -- I wouldn't take Joe McCreary (or any Los Altos principal for that matter) and suggest that they would be a great principal at an inner city school. There experiences don't translate. So when we are asked to welcome a principal from a school with significantly lower test scores, why would the board be surprised that we're skeptical? Understanding HOW to work in the Los Altos environment is critical. Joe's 1 year of experience in this environment is probably worth 5-6 years of working someplace else. We face different challenges here. Check the test results for yourself...

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Please note that this doesn't mean we wouldn't accept a teacher from a lesser-scoring school. In reality, we're in the very top 1% of the state, so we'd almost have to choose someone from a lesser scoring school. But the question would be, what has the measured impact of that individual be. In this case, it doesn't seem to be trending to the positive.

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

In hindsight, it was best that Joe Mccreary was not extended a job offer. He was not a good fit for the community. It could be explained but would deal with personal issues that are not for public knowledge. Principals are called to be examples in all areas.

Posted by Erica, a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Joe McCreary is a friendly person but he was not professional in all areas and lacked maturity. He has now moved on and got a job in some other district. I am glad he was not offered the position.

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