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Dublin School Official to Become Newark Unified's New Superintendent

Dave Marken tells Patch he has accepted the job. School board to hold closed session Tuesday to discuss his contract.

Dave Marken, assistant superintendent of the , said Monday he has accepted the job of superintendent of the Newark Unified School District.

Marken will , who announced his resignation in mid-April. 

"I am looking forward to building a strong administration and leadership team and doing great things in Newark," he said.

While Newark school officials haven't announced Marken's hiring, on Tuesday the school board will hold a closed meeting to deal with personnel issues. The agenda for that meeting, released Monday evening, includes the item "superintendent employment contract."

The closed portion of the meeting is set for 5:30 p.m., with the public session scheduled for 7:30 p.m. At that time the board would announce any decisions made during the personnel session. 

Marken has been with the Dublin district for nearly 14 years in various roles, including assistant principal and principal of  School. 

During that time, he's seen students return as staff members.

"When you're anywhere for any length of time, we have people who are now working in this organization who were students when I was at the high school," he said. 

Marken was selected from a group of five finalists who were interviewed by Newark Unified’s Board of Education during a closed meeting on June 18. He was recruited to apply for the position and was offered the position the same day as his interview, he said.

Newark Unified serves about 6,700 students while Dublin has about 6,300 pupils. Like Dublin, Newark also has only one high school.

According to Marken, he will wrap up his final days in Dublin by the end of June. 

He said that while he is excited about the new opportunity, it won't be easy to leave.

"You can't spend the years and time with the kids, the parents and community to not leave a huge part of your heart here," said Marken.

Nika Megino contributed to this report.

Bob Marshall June 28, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I hope this guy can manage a $60 million business and is not just another "up through the ranks" teacher.
Nika Megino June 28, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Hi Samson, Thanks for your comment. I hope to answer your questions about the role of the interim superintendent who was recently hired after tonight's special board meeting. Stay tuned.
Paula Clevenger June 28, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Wow! I am so glad that an "up through the ranks teacher" get such a vote of confidence! I have been a teacher at NUSD for 12 years. Maybe a "up through the ranks teacher" would think more of the students of Newark then our superintendents have in the past. I just hope that NUSD doesn't have to pay for his "rental house in Newark" like the paper said this morning! If you live in San Francisco and you accept a job in Newark you should accept the commute too! I know several teachers that commute and have never gotten a "housing allowance". With how the board hired him, not consulting anyone but themselves until someone "crashed" their "private party", he will not be a puppet for the board. Hopefully he will prove to have the courage to advocate for the students instead of doing the board's bidding. Also, Bob - I hate when people try to say a school district should be run like a business. It is a place where you want to grow the next generation of Newark citizens not a profit.
Adell June 28, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I would be happy if, along with his "raise" he has the decency to respone to emails from concerned parents!
Bob Marshall June 28, 2011 at 08:55 PM
For the record, there are plenty of folks with management skills that also have been teachers, and in fact over my 39 years as a resident in our fair community, Newark has had the good fortune to have people like this in the District's employ. Unfortunately, our current Board does not have a good track record in this area. My prior comments were in no way meant to be besmirching to teachers. As for "running a school district like a business", there are successful models for all types of businesses, including public agencies. That's why some districts are run well, and some are not.

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