Cabrillo Unified School District has selected Holly Wade to assume the role of assistant superintendent of educational support services.
Expected to be confirmed by the board in April, Wade’s new role will replace that of the assistant superintendent of personnel and pupil services, broadening the scope to also include oversight of special education, one of her areas of expertise. “I certainly am excited to be part of the Cabrillo Unified School District team. I’m looking forward to working with Superintendent (Jane) Yuster and executing her vision for students, providing a world-class education for every child, every day,” Wade said.
Wade said she plans to assemble an advisory committee so she can have the opportunity to speak with parents about their children’s experiences, and hear what they’d like to see in the district.
“I definitely have an open door policy. I’d love to understand the community and learn about it through its members. I’m happy to meet with people and understand the needs of the community and the students we serve,” Wade said. Wade’s credentials include experience as an administrator in Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District and Palo Alto Unified School District, as well as teaching experience in the Long Beach Unified School District. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s in special education from San Francisco State University, and bachelor’s in art history from Scripps College. Prior to coming to Cabrillo, Wade worked in various administrative capacities in Palo Alto Unified School District. During her tenure there, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, as well as an investigation by a national law firm, found the district to be in violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex — including sexual harassment — in schools. Reports found that the district failed to take timely action in responding to peer harassment related to sexual assault, an alleged teacher-student relationship and other things. Wade left the district in June 2017.
Wade has been working in Cabrillo since January as the interim director of special education, and has been reviewing current services available to students.
“I simply know that when we did the reference checking and things we do before hiring, all of them were just glowing,” Yuster said. “We’ve had a chance to get to know (Holly) and work with her and realized she is a perfect fit for us. Her work quality is outstanding, as is her work ethic.”
Now, Wade is looking forward to her new role.
“Integrating the departments is about making sure students get access to the learning and interventions they need, and making sure we have the best people in place to make sure daily classroom experiences are welcoming and safe and fun,” Wade said.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have the newest member to our staff,” Yuster said.