The Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday night appointed Dave Marken, Ed.D., to serve as interim superintendent until the district completes a likely nationwide search for its next permanent leader.
Marken, who retired as Newark superintendent in 2016 and was formerly an assistant superintendent and principal in Dublin, is taking the helm starting on Monday.
"Dr. Marken has deep roots in Dublin and his connection to our school community will help us begin the process of rebuilding while continuing the commitment to provide our students with an exceptional educational experience," Board of Trustees President Amy Miller said in a statement.
"His work ethic, experience, energy, compassion, and integrity will guide us through this difficult time and set the stage for our future Superintendent to take the reins. The board is excited to welcome him back and confident that we are in great hands," Miller added.
Marken's addition allows Matt Campbell, who served almost three weeks as acting superintendent, to return to his duties as assistant superintendent of educational services.
Campbell, who was just hired at DUSD in January, provided short-term leadership in the immediate aftermath of former superintendent Leslie Boozer's abrupt departure on March 26 -- a move referred to as a mutually agreed upon separation between Boozer and the school board.
DUSD has been in the midst of particularly tense contract negotiations with the Dublin Teachers Association, and some union members cheered from the audience when the school board announced Boozer's departure for unspecified reasons.
Downtown egg hunt
The Pleasanton Downtown Association is organizing its fourth annual Bunny Hop Egg Hunt for next Saturday (April 20) from 10 a.m. to noon at various downtown locations.
Open to children 10 years old and younger, the hunt will begin at Museum on Main, where children will receive a goody bag and adults will receive a list of clues and locations to lead them to goodies throughout downtown at over a dozen participating businesses.
The adults will be given the answers to all of the clues to help children find the treat locations, and there will be goodies and special offers for the grown-ups as well, according to the PDA.
Participation in the Bunny Hop Egg Hunt is limited to the first 600 children in attendance. For more information, visit www.pleasantondowntown.net
City officials advised residents who live near or frequent the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center that this weekend will be the first of two large swimming meets hosted by the Pleasanton Seahawks Swim Club this month.
On this Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, the aquatic center on Black Avenue will welcome hundreds of youth swimmers, impacting parking and traffic conditions in the area. A second weekend meet will follow on April 27-28.
Overflow parking will be offered at Gingerbread Preschool and Alisal Elementary School. The aquatic center will be closed for public lap swim during the meet weekends.
State of the City
Dublin Mayor David Haubert is set to present his annual State of the City address for residents and other interested people during a free city event at the Shannon Community Center next Wednesday (April 17) at 7 p.m.
During his speech, Haubert will report on topics such as economic development, public safety, transportation, the city's financial health and environmental sustainability, among others.
Because seating is limited, city officials are asking people to RSVP to the event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments being served before the speech.
Register now for this year's Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which will take place in cities throughout the East Bay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5. To participate in the self-guided tour, sign up and pay online, then tickets will be mailed along with a garden guide listing the homes with gardens open for viewing.
Volunteers also are needed to spend a morning or afternoon greeting tour participants and answering questions about natives. To order a guide or learn more about the tour or volunteering, go to www.bringingbackthenatives.net.
Apply for Zone 7
The clock is ticking on the search for a new person to sit on the Zone 7 Water Agency's Board of Directors since longtime director Bill Stevens resigned on March 11, after more than 20 years of service.
The agency has less than a month left to appoint a replacement for Stevens' seat; interested candidates may apply for the position until April 22 at 5 p.m. Applicants must live within the Zone 7 boundaries and submit an application and resume by the deadline. Initial interviews with prospective applicants will be conducted by the board on May 2.
For applications, visit www.zone7water.com.
Check out city art
Pleasanton art benefactors Nancy and Gary Harrington will lead their final Public Art Walk of the year this Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m.
The walk, which departs from the Civic Center parking lot at 200 Old Bernal Ave., will focus on the south end of downtown, with descriptions and anecdotes of public and private art at the library, veterans hall, Civic Park, Centennial Park and two local businesses.
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