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Newark Schools Facing Leadership Changes

July 4, 2008

By Linh Tat, The Argus, Fremont, Calif.

Jul. 4–NEWARK — With the resignation of two principals and the retirements of the superintendent and chief business official, the Newark Unified School District is in for major leadership changes for the next school year.

The district also needs to hire a new chief business official and an assistant principal for the high school, according to job postings on its Web site.

Tim Erwin, director of human resources in Newark, said he’s not worried that all the qualified candidates already have been swept up by other school districts.

Unlike teachers, most of whom are recruited around early spring, it’s common for administrators to be hired year round, he said, adding that there remains a good pool of applicants from which to choose new hires.

Erwin said he hopes to have principals named for the high school and junior high within the first week of August and to have a new chief business officer in place by the end of next month.

Bill Morones, who headed Newark Memorial High School, and Don Gill, who led Newark Junior High, have accepted positions with the Antioch Unified School District.

Morones left Newark to become assistant superintendent of educational services in Antioch, while Gill went there to work as its director of curriculum. Neither men could be reached for comment.

Earlier this year, the school board named Kevin Harrigan as the new superintendent, replacing John Bernard, who retired. Harrigan previously was

associate superintendent of educational services in Newark, a position the board hopes to fill at its next meeting.

Reach Linh Tat at 510-353-7010 or ltat@bayareanewsgroup.com. Read her blog postings at www.ibabuzz.com/tricitybeat.

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