NEWARK -- The school board has formally approved hiring Dave Marken as Newark's superintendent of schools, giving the former Dublin official a three-year contract with an annual salary of $190,000.

Janis Duran, who served as Newark's interim superintendent the past two weeks, said she will immediately step down and serve as a district consultant.

Duran, who has remained as Hayward schools' interim superintendent, will not be paid for the work she recently performed for Newark, said Tim Erwin, Newark schools' senior director of human resources.

In the future, she will be paid $100 per hour for any consultant work Newark officials ask her to do.

"It might be for one hour a month or 10 hours one week -- however the school board and the superintendent see fit," Duran said. "Otherwise, I'll be in Hayward. They'll keep me plenty busy."

Marken also will be kept busy.

He will spend the next week or so transitioning from Dublin to Newark, before he "hits the ground running" on achieving the district's top goal, he said.

"It will be a very focused effort on improving student learning," he said Wednesday, while taking a break from a tour of his new district office.

"That's our mission, that's our calling -- to give students the opportunities, so they can succeed from there."

He is replacing Kevin Harrigan, who resigned two months ago to take a superintendent's job in Sonoma County. Harrigan's annual Newark salary was $185,000.


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Marken comes to Newark with decades of professional education experience, Erwin said.

He spent the past 13 years in the Dublin school district. He served six years at Dublin High School -- three years as assistant principal and another three years as principal.

He then worked seven years in the Dublin district office, including three years as assistant superintendent of educational services and the past two years as assistant superintendent of human resources.

Because of budget cuts plaguing nearly all state school districts in recent years, Marken wore two hats the past two years. He served as assistant superintendent of both educational services and human resources.

Several Newark officials have been asked to do the same in recent years.

"It's not easy, but it's not new," he said.

Marken, a father of three, lives in San Francisco with his wife, Virginia.

He said he will rent a home in Newark and plans to be an accessible representative of the school district, supporting students and parents by attending football games, school plays and cultural events.

"Visibility at school events is something I enjoy," he said. "I don't shy away from the community."

In addition, the school board hired Mark Neal as the new principal for Newark Junior High School. Neal, a middle school associate principal in Castro Valley since 2003, will earn an annual salary of $116,748, Erwin said.

Terrance Dunn, an associate principal in the Mt. Diablo and New Haven Unified School districts since 2007, was hired as the Graham Elementary School principal. Dunn's yearly salary will be $112,110.

The board also hired Sandra Lepley to serve as the district's interim chief business official. Lepley's contract has not been finalized, officials said.

She is not expected to earn more than the previous chief business official, Steven Shields, who earned $165,000 annually, Erwin said.

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