Allegations against principal piled up

A former Palo Alto High School assistant principal wrote down about 25 allegations of sexual harassment from students and teachers over a three-year period against former school Principal Phil Winston before reporting it to the district, according to a report from federal officials.

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Carolyn Pires
Editorial: Suddenly, a school budget crisis some feared

Less than a month after approving a budget that relied on an almost 9 percent increase in property-tax revenue for the coming year, the district has learned that the Santa Clara County Assessor is projecting an increase of just over 5 percent. The shortfall will be about $5.2 million, although the actual budget impact will be around $3.7 million due to the automatic elimination of a 1 percent bonus for employees in 2017.

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Carolyn Pires
Ex-Paly principal disciplined for harassment

Former Palo Alto High School principal Phil Winston, who resigned last June 13 citing health and "work-life balance" reasons, was under investigation at the time by school district officials for multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior involving both staff and students, according to documents obtained by the Weekly from the district.

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Carolyn Pires