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Q&A With Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks

November 9, 2017

Compiled by Kristen Yee The Oracle: How will you assure the community that things are in good hands during this transitional period? Karen Hendricks: The feeling of transitory leadership can be unsettling for people and I really understand that. Something I’m trying to do is provide consistent communication to people through weekly updates and [...]

Administration, staff, students examine disciplinary system

November 9, 2017

Despite many recent changes on campus, such as the construction project and the bell schedule, Gunn’s disciplinary policy has remained relatively the same throughout the years. The policy on suspension and expulsion has seen virtually no change from 2013 to 2017. In addition to suspension and expulsion, the school enforces minor disciplinary [...]

Teenztalk starts Teen Wellness Conference in the Bay Area

October 25, 2017

Written by Joanna Huang On September 30, nonprofit wellness organization TeenzTalk held a day-long teen wellness conference at Microsoft’s building in Mountain View. Participants from all across the Bay Area came to attend. Los Altos High School senior Nadia Ghaffari, who founded Teenztalk to promote mental health education and activism, [...]

Law firm investigates mishandled sexual assualt cases

October 13, 2017

Written by Kaya van der Horst  After four months of investigation, Cozen O’Connor, a law firm, released a report on Sept. 20 concluding that the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) did not comply with key aspects of Title IX and failed to follow state law in responding to a sexual assault case at Palo Alto High School (Paly) in 2016. In [...]

McGee resigns, Hendricks to be interim superintendent

October 13, 2017

Written by Jennifer Gao and Caroline Ro On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee announced his resignation effective the following Friday, Sept. 29. Board President Terry Godfrey announced the news following the closed board meeting, where the Board unanimously accepted the [...]

PAUSD faces budget crisis, must limit future expenses

October 13, 2017

Written by Eric Epstein The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) continues to face a significant budget shortfall, partly due to the three percent raise that the district is contractually obligated to pay all of its employees throughout the 2017-18 school year. According to the school board, the total will add up to approximately 4.5 million [...]

School board drafts goals for upcoming year

September 15, 2017

Written by Caroline Ro The Board of Education’s Aug. 8 special meeting included a discussion of a draft of Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)’s goals for the 2017-18 school year. The goals themselves are fairly theoretical: their passing would bring them up for further discussion in order to eventually spell out their details and enact [...]