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Press Release: PVPUSD Superintendent


PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA (May 24, 2018) – Superintendent Donald B. Austin has agreed to become superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) in Northern California effective July 1, 2018, PVPUSD Board of Education President Anthony Collatos announced today. Austin will remain as PVPUSD superintendent through June 30, 2018.

The PVPUSD Board met Wednesday night to initiate the superintendent search and it aims to have a new superintendent in place this fall. “We are committed to a rigorous search process that will involve clear timelines and comprehensive input from the community and our stakeholder groups including parents and PTA leaders; students; our association partners, PVFA and CSEA; and the Peninsula Education Foundation,” said Collatos.

The Board will hold a special meeting next Thursday to finalize a request for proposal from potential search firms as the next step in the search process, with the goal of naming both an interim superintendent and a search firm at its June 20 regular meeting. Moving forward, a dedicated superintendent search page on the PVPUSD website and will be updated regularly, with timelines and actions taken by the Board throughout the search process.

Hired in August, 2014, Austin came to his superintendent role with PVPUSD from Huntington Beach Union High School District, where he was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. With PVPUSD, he has overseen a staff of over 1,500 and a budget of $120 million. Among his achievements have included the implementation of a wellness curriculum, additional support for student mental health, an extensive leadership development program, a new math and English language arts textbook adoption, creation of a comprehensive facilities master plan, and online educational opportunities in the social sciences.

Added Collatos: “Under Dr. Austin, our students have continued to achieve at a high level, we have instituted multiple new programs, and our school leadership is strong. We wish him the best of luck in Palo Alto as he takes on this new challenge in another one of the top school districts in California.”

Speaking about his experience in PVPUSD, Austin commented, “It has been an honor to serve the students, staff, and community of the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last four years. There is no finish line on the path to excellence and I look forward to following future successes driven by the incredible people and systems we have in place.”

PVPUSD enrolls 11,400 students in grades K-12 and includes ten elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools. It was recently rated the #3 unified school district in California by