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Friday, February 16, 2018

New SMUHSD Superintendent Has New Plans for a New Year

Dr. Kevin Skelly, the new superintendent, poses with a framed photo of his grandparents.

Dr. Kevin Skelly, the new superintendent, poses with a framed photo of his grandparents.

The new superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District plans to make high school a life-changing experience for students.

“We want to be that institution that really changes kids’ lives and puts them on a trajectory where they can be super successful,” said Dr. Kevin Skelly, who has been working in education for over 30 years.

The former teacher and principal previously worked as the interim superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District. Before that, he served as the Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent for seven years.

I think the biggest goal is to make sure that students have the greatest, most inspirational, knowledgeable, caring teachers and other staff possible and that they have the opportunity to improve their skills every day,” said Dr. Skelly, who hopes to give students the best education possible.

There’s something magic that happens in a classroom. And the great teachers do that.

This year, one of Dr. Skelly’s goals is resolving the issue of teacher salaries and benefits, a problem that resulted in much animosity last year as teachers and the district struggled to negotiate official contracts. “We want to have teachers that, if they have a choice to teach any place, this is the place they want to teach,” said Dr. Skelly, who hopes to attract and keep the best teachers. “I mean, it’s the great teachers that affect you and make you love school, right?”

Dr. Skelly also inherited a host of other problems related to the locations of different facilities, most notably the site of Peninsula Alternative High School. But Dr. Skelly is optimistic. “I think we can address all those issues in strong ways,” he said.

Though Dr. Skelly said that he is not used to working in a high-school-only district and interacting with so many different cities, he has already started touring the district schools in an attempt to better understand the dynamics at play.

We owe it to the kids to do our best for them. To swing hard for them.

“I’ve been going around to schools and visiting and talking to staff. And I think we’re all fortunate to do this work of educating kids at this time when some people don’t believe public education can be as good as it is in this place,” said Dr. Skelly. “And we owe it to the kids to do our best for them. To swing hard for them. To be their advocates and create that magic in classrooms for them.”

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