NEWARK -- The Newark school board announced Tuesday that it has selected Janis Duran to serve as interim superintendent of schools, though both sides still are negotiating the terms of her contract, district officials said.

Duran, a former superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School District, has served as Hayward schools superintendent for the past 18 months.

She announced in January that she will be retiring in June. "It's time to be retired for a while with my husband," she said at the time. "I need to go home."

Now, home for her soon may be the Newark Unified School District offices.

Duran will replace Newark Superintendent Kevin Harrigan, who announced in April that he is taking a similar position in Sonoma County. His resignation takes effect June 30.

His salary this year was $185,000, according to school officials.

Duran's Hayward salary was $229,500 a year, with no medical or retirement benefits.

Her Newark salary has not yet been determined, said Tim Erwin, Newark schools' senior director of human resources.

Phone messages left Wednesday for Duran at her Hayward office were not returned.

Newark school officials said they are looking forward to Duran providing stability, if only on an interim basis, to a district that has seen several top employees leave in recent months.

Currently, Newark officials are looking to find a replacement for:

  • Chief business official.

  • Director of special education.


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  • Director of child nutrition.

  • Newark Memorial High School assistant principal.

  • Newark Junior High School principal.

  • Graham Elementary School principal.

    In addition, a replacement must be found for MacGregor Alternative Education Center Principal Tim Culbertson, who died June 7.

    Jan Crocker, a Newark trustee, said she is excited to have Duran's "rich experience" as an interim superintendent.

    "She lives in Newark, so she knows the community and, being an interim before, she knows she has to be hands-on and hit the ground running," Crocker said.

    Meanwhile, the school board continues to search for a permanent superintendent.

    On Saturday, the five-member panel will have a special closed session to interview candidates, Crocker said.

    Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.