UNION CITY -- The New Haven Unified School District board has appointed two high-ranking employees to serve as co-interim superintendents of schools while the ongoing search for a permanent superintendent continues.
The district's chief business officer, Akur Varadarajan, and chief academic officer, Arlando Smith, were appointed by the five-member board in a special meeting Friday night.
Varadarajan and Smith will replace Kari McVeigh, the district's superintendent since December 2008. McVeigh announced in June that she would retire later this year, saying her differences with the school board over recent management choices had fueled her decision.
New Haven Unified serves more than 13,000 students in Union City and south Hayward. The district last year was awarded a $29 million federal grant -- called Race to the Top funds -- that will be spent on improving student achievement and educator effectiveness, closing achievement gaps and personalizing learning so that students are better prepared for entering college or joining the work force.
"Making certain that (the grant) continues to be properly implemented throughout the 2013-14 school year is crucial to the district right now," school board president Linda Canlas said in a written statement. "And the board is very confident that Dr. Smith and Mr. Varadarajan will get that done."
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