Central Peninsula schools had a year full of change as administrators resigned and new programs were introduced.
One of the biggest changes came when Sequoia Union High School Superintendent Darnise Williams abruptly followed an emotional public meeting with the board and community members in which she claimed the board was trying to fire her. It was when I resigned.
After the new state law went into effect, some local school districts rolled out new transitional kindergarten programs for children under the age of five, and school districts such as Ravenswood, Portola Valley and Woodside expanded their TK offerings. The almanac recorded some of the first days of these programs.
Locally, school districts continue to experience declining student enrollments as families continue to move out of the area, thanks to increased flexibility from remote work and economic pressure from rising costs of living.
A new state law that went into effect last fall delayed high school start times. It aims to improve student academic performance and mental health by making school more like a typical teenage sleep pattern.