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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.


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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.


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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.