As reported by our Newark reporter, Janis Duran isn’t going back to retirement in New Mexico after all. She’s bouncing south a few districts to serve as the interim superintendent in Newark, a district that has recently lost a lot of top spots and is looking for stability, even if it’s on an interim basis.
For a refresher, find the text of the January story when she announced she was leaving HUSD after the jump.
HAYWARD — Janis Duran, who took the helm of Hayward Unified School District one year ago, will resign as superintendent after the school year ends in June.
Duran said she is leaving for personal reasons and her decision had nothing to do with the new makeup of the school board or matters related to the district.
“I had my mind made up in October, ” she said. “I need to go home. I’m retired — I’ve been retired for eight years and stayed at home for three. I was in Oxnard (as interim superintendent) before Hayward. It’s time to be retired for a while with my husband.”
After arriving in January 2010, Duran wrote up a plan aimed at improving academics, leadership and safety in schools, as well as make the district more fiscally sound.
She said that while not all of her goals have been realized, the district has “made amazing progress.” “Definitely in terms of fiscal recovery, although we definitely also have a long way to go on that, ” she said.
She added that “we have established very good leadership at school sites, hopefully they’ll stay and continue to be in Hayward.”
Before she leaves, she plans to have an assessment done on the district’s assets — in particular the land it owns — to analyze potential sources of revenue.
School board President Lisa Brunner said Duran has “overall been good for the district.”
“By the time our last superintendent left, everyone was fed up and had no faith in the district whatsoever, ” she said. “At this point, everyone has hope that it will get better, and it has gotten better.”
While the board has yet to discuss the methodology for finding a new superintendent, Brunner was confident it would involve a search and selection process rather than an appointment. She did not know whether the previous search — which was aborted with Duran’s appointment in July — could be resumed.
Duran’s two-year contract included a clause that stated it could be terminated by either the superintendent or the district with 30 days notice, with no buyout option.
Duran’s salary is $229,500 a year, with no medical or retirement benefits. Former Superintendent Dale Vigil’s gross pay in 2009 was $235,135.
Duran is a former superintendent of San Lorenzo schools who served as interim head of Hayward Unified for 18 months starting in 2004.