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Kevin Skelly named San Mateo Union's superintendent

Original post made on Apr 24, 2015

Interim Mountain View Whisman School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly is taking the top post in the San Mateo Union High School District pending a site visit in Mountain View, the San Mateo district announced Thursday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:29 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Educator
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Kevin has been an asset to our district. I'm sorry to see him go and wish him the best in San Mateo. They are lucky indeed.

Posted by Teacher
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

As a Palo Alto teacher who worked under his reign for seven years I am absolutely dumbfounded as to how this man was able to wipe away the mistakes, the lies, the deceit, the covering up, the multiple office of civil rights complaints, etc etc. As a resident of San Mateo and a parent of a school aged child who will attend San Mateo high schools, I will fight this decision.

Posted by Interested Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Kevin Skelly has done a great job as the Interim Superintendent of the MVWSD. Good Luck to him in his new district. I hope the MVWSD is able to find someone as capable as Mr. Skelly to lead the district.

Posted by Skelly is laughing
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

I hope the PAUSD teacher who has issues with Kevin Skelly spoke up with her union president Triona Gogarty. Gogarty and Skelly were very close professionally and deserve credit or blame for his seven years.

Posted by Leadership Associates caution
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2015 at 11:09 am

Leadership Associates ran the superintendent search for San Mateo just like it did for Palo Alto. If you aspiring superintendents want in the club, it's best to get clubby with them. The interview process is no longer about merit.

Posted by Interested Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

@Leadership Associates caution: what you state is not true. Granted there are a number of Superintendent Search Firms used in our area but those firms do not only focus on local candidates. Do these search firms get to know certain candidates - of course, but they don't just focus on them. It's an open application process and outstanding candidates from anywhere are screened and considered for each particular opening. These search firms operate very much like the "head hunters" that many business firms use - they look for candidates that ft the specific job opening.

Posted by Utterly
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

This will go down as one of the most damaging decisions ever by a school board.

As superintendent of PAUSD, Skelly cuckolded the School Board, kept them in the dark about the OCR agreement, sabotaged their directive about Gunn counseling in private emails, and displayed some of the most egregious behavior ever shown by any executive in any organization. He took a principal dismissed for sexually suggestive remarks and put him in charge of special needs children!

He would be a horrible prison superintendent. As a school superintendent it's hard to imagine a more pernicious choice.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

As a MVWSD Trustee - I'm glad we hired Dr. Skelly. Was he perfect? No. Did he shake what needed to be shaken? Yes. Did that cause waves? Always does. Was the process open and public (and sometimes daring in its audacity of breath)? Certainly.

If you want to know how Dr. Skelly approached this, just read the very open set of Friday Memos that he sent to the Board - and the public, as he tried to clear out a lot of dead wood and missing strategic plans. Web Link

I wish him well.

SN is a Trustee of the MVWSD and these are his own opinions

Posted by @Steven Nelson
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:49 am


Posted by Saratoga Parent
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I agree w/ the Palo Alto Teacher here. How is this guy able to receive appointment after appointment and job after job given his past. The Civil Rights episode is just the tip of the Ice Berg for Dr. Skelly. He's been denying "responsibility" for scandal/tragedy under his watch since his days at Saratoga High over a decade ago. I suppose "Suicide Epidemics" (Gunn) and "Cheating Scandals" (Saratoga) just aren't his responsibility even when it happens at "his school"?

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