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Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Unanimously Approves Dr. Dave Marken as New Superintendent

Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees Unanimously Approves Dr. Dave Marken as New Superintendent

Interim Superintendent Comes out of Retirement to Take Reins of District Through Spring 2021

Dublin, CA – June 26, 2019 – On the evening of June 25, 2019, the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Dave Marken as the district’s new superintendent. Since April 15, 2019, Dr. Marken has served as interim superintendent while the district attempted to fill the vacancy created as a result of Dr. Leslie Boozer’s departure. He will serve as superintendent through Spring 2021. 

The unanimous vote in support of hiring Dr. Marken as its superintendent came after the terms of the contract were negotiated and public input was heard during the board meeting. 

“Before I received a call from Dublin to step in as interim superintendent, I vowed I would not come out of retirement,” said Dr. Dave Marken, superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. “Of course, Dublin has played such a significant role in my career that it was always the exception to the rule. Being here for the last few months has rekindled my passion for this town and solidified my desire to see this district reach its potential and to help address some of the immediate issues it faces.”

Dr. Marken previously worked in the Dublin Unified School District for 13 years, serving as the assistant principal and principal at Dublin High School, the senior director of secondary education and student services, and then as the assistant superintendent of educational services and human resources. Following his time in Dublin, Dr. Marken accepted the role of superintendent of schools at the Newark Unified School District, where he retired after serving in that position for five years.

“The difference Dr. Marken has made since his return has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Amy Miller, board president of the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “His willingness to give up two years of his retirement is a tremendous gift to the people of Dublin. Dr. Marken serving as superintendent will allow the district to experience stability as we enter the coming school year and as we face a number of significant projects. We will be able to revise our search timeline and engage in an extended, inclusive search for the district’s next long term superintendent. This is a major win for the people of Dublin.”

Search For Long-Term Superintendent Continues

In April 2019, the Board selected Hazard Young Attea Associates (HYA) to assist in the search for a new superintendent. HYA will continue the search process leveraging the extensive stakeholder input it has already secured. The firm will present a modified timeline with the goal of identifying and securing the next long-term leader by the spring of 2021. 

“We face many challenges in Dublin, including the need to bring Frederiksen, Murray and Dublin Elementary to the same level of facilities as our newer elementary schools. We need to deliver the engineering and science building at Dublin High School so more students have opportunities in these fields. We need a second comprehensive high school that rivals the experience offered at Dublin High. I challenge the Board, administrators, teachers, parents, students, the City, and our community to move forward together to help us create the world class educational experience our entire town deserves,” continued Dr. Marken. 

About the Dublin Unified School District

The Dublin Unified School District serves over 12,300 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district has 12 school sites, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, and two high schools. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success. Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.