Dublin Unified School District Acting Superintendent Daniel Moirao received the new title of interim superintendent and will serve in the role for the entire 2020-21 school year under a new contract approved by the Board of Trustees last month.
Moirao, who was brought in after the sudden resignation of Superintendent Dave Marken in June, will receive an annual salary of $336,000 for his year of employment under the contract that would run through Aug. 31, 2021 unless a permanent superintendent starts sooner.
"My family and I are big Disney fans. One of our favorite parts of the Disney experience is the Imagineers -- the group of brilliant minds that creates new worlds. Right now, I feel a bit like one of them," Moirao told the Weekly.
"Everyone in the Dublin Unified School District has become an Imagineer of both history and education. We are creating a new world for our students and staff. I'm thrilled to take on the interim superintendent role in Dublin at such a pivotal time and am excited to help this community create the new educational world of tomorrow," he added.
The board unanimously approved Moirao's new contract on Aug. 18.
That night, the trustees also heard an update on the search for a permanent superintendent, which is being led by executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. DUSD has been recruiting for a new permanent superintendent since 2019 after former leader Leslie Boozer left -- Marken had been under contract to lead the district in 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years to allow ample time for a complete hiring search, but announced in June he'd be stepping down amid apparent disagreement with board members.
DUSD hopes to have a new superintendent under contract by May 11, 2021, with a start to follow that July.