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Superintendent Marken abruptly resigns from Dublin Unified School District

Original post made on Jun 23, 2020

Superintendent Dave Marken has handed in his resignation to the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees, marking the second year in a row the board and DUSD have faced a superintendent's surprise departure.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 7:32 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Allan Groves
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:28 pm

So much has happened in this district over the past 4 years. Good and bad. Who is affected? The students. The Supt. is leaving while the board votes down a tentative teacher contract, and there is no one running the bond program. Neither of these have anything to do with COVID-19. These are the two biggest items I can think of that can/will have a disastrous affect on the staff and students. I hope you guys get it together. Now.


Posted by Carl
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:37 pm

A "surprise departure" of a second superintendent within 14 months?? Doesn't speak well for those in charge over their. Maybe the board needs to take a look in the mirror for the real problem.


Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2020 at 9:06 pm

Marken said....

“If you find yourself in a situation where your bosses don’t trust you, and you don’t trust your bosses, then you should no longer work for your bosses anymore.....”


Posted by Dublinite
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 23, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Time to try to go to Pleasanton. It's closer than Dublin High School.


Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2020 at 11:21 pm

It’s a sad situation all around. The students deserve better. The hard working teachers deserve better. This is all on the selfish act of the school board. Thank you Mr. Walsh for keeping us informed on this situation.


Posted by Surprise
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 24, 2020 at 6:29 am

two things Marken did really surprised me: 1) change the second high school to a interim middle school, to account for over capacity. With strong opposition from Dublin residents, this plan was rejected by the school board. 2) sent a letter to city council asking for approval of AtDublin housing projects, once again, with strong opposition from Dublin Residents, city council rejected.

Many people criticize the three board memebers (Dan, Catherine, Gabi) for his resignation, But I think the three board members have done a great wrok, putting interests of students and parents at priority. It is the other board members (Megan, and Amy) and their associates (like DTA) who lost the majority and have been trying to sabortage the great work by the three trustees voted in by Dublin Residents.


Posted by Diskman
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 1:18 pm

The nightmare continues, and will continue until the people of Dublin start electing better people to the Dublin school board. The board hired two VERY POOR Superintendents from Southern California. Down to three board members, with no Superintendent, , they were fortunate enough to have Dr. Marken (who they previously passed over for the Superintendent position) return to DUSD and start righting the ship. Then they run him off. I don't think they know what deep dodo they are in, facing the coronavirus situation and the resulting logistics and financial calamity, taking actions to deeply tick off the teachers, and once again being rudderless. A number of the older teachers will look at this situation and decide this is a great time to retire, which will further compound the their problems.


Posted by Parent
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm

If anyone is to be blamed for DUSD current situation, it should be Amy Miller. She was the President of DUSD and handpicked both of the last two disastrous superintendents. I am confident that the new Board will pick a superintendent that will put the student’s interest first even if it means others (such as DTA or staff) must suffer during this tough economic time.


Posted by Dubliner
a resident of Rosewood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 11:58 pm

The DTA is a sham. I can’t think of a single type of worker or industry that is cashing in on raises and an annual 4% increase during COVID. In fact I’m losing 32k in income at a minimum this year due to COVID. These teachers could care less about the students. They’re just after their pay raises. I’d be happy to give it to them, and some, if they’re willing to “compete” with other teachers, but we all know the teachers unions are abjectly opposed to any sort of measuring stick on their performance. Enough said. Good riddance Marken. You’re a good person but your support for pay jokes and putting Dublin in a bind during this uncertainty without even questioning the numbers involved is beyond irresponsible. And your support for more homes pretty much sealed the deal for me.


Posted by Mousey
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jun 25, 2020 at 12:01 am

Thanks Gavin and Cherrier for your constant eye on the financials. This place has become a gravy train for tax and spend without results proponents. Enough is enough. Let’s get some level-headed thinking on this and don’t let the DTA bully us into jacking up our property taxes year over year to support raises when the rest of us are losing money during COVID.


Posted by Dubliner
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 25, 2020 at 7:59 am

Dr. Marken is a fantastic human being and leader. For the past several years there’s been a high turnover rate in the district which is a symptom of a broken district rooted at the very top. When Dr. Marken has Been sought out to step out of retirement to help mend a broken district with his years of expertise and leadership skills and then continuously gets pushback from the board that hired him it just shows that his bosses have their own agenda and have completely disregarded his expertise. Although I’m deeply saddened to lose him, I have to commend him for standing firm in his beliefs and not conforming.


Posted by Frustrated Parent
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 25, 2020 at 11:42 am

Leaders don’t give up when leading gets difficult. During these challenging times, the expectation from the Superintendent is how effectively he can get the school district back to business for the next school year. But looks like he was more focused on being "well liked" by agreeing to whatever teachers, developers and his old time colleagues/friends at Dublin administration wanted.

I appreciate and respect the regular communication Dr. Marken shared during these troubled times. Those were very helpful, and in a way increased his likability factor from those parents who don't follow the school district work closely. But then when you get into the details of his actual work as superintendent, and attitude at school district meetings you can get to see his real biased persona.

Role and responsibilities of the highly paid superintendent job is to work on tasks & with people that they may not agree as person but what voters wanted and elected. And this is the second time (first Newark, and now Dublin) he just quit when he does not get his way. He should stay retired from school administration for the benefit of others.

This departure may get tough for the Dublin School District for short term but in a way good that new board trusties can get someone they believe who can deliver to what their vision and road map that will benefit.


Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:04 am

I totally agree with Frustrated Parent and Dubliner. Good leader don't quit when the going gets tough. Think of DUSD is a cruise ship and Marken is the captain. Well, he just bailed and left the passengers stranded!

I have many friends and neighbors who have experienced 10% - 20% pay cut due to COVID-19. For the teachers to demand almost 4% raise at time like this is beyond believe. Especially given many of them have been on COVID-19 vacation since March.

If the teachers do really about the students and putting students' interest first, why not put the energy and effort into helping a smooth transition for the coming school season instead of bickering about a raise when millions are having salary cut. If you want my support and respect, proof to me that you do care about the students!


Posted by Bob Ray
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jun 29, 2020 at 1:21 pm

In any position there is going to be disagreements. Every person involved in this group has to balance the job they were hired to do versus the job they are getting done. When other people will not allow the job you were hired to do, getting done, it is the right decision to leave which he did. Not an easy decision but, especially with the entrenched dynamics in this group, the right decision


Posted by Dublin Resident In the Know
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 2, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Amy Miller handpicked both of the superintendents who quit. She had been warned and didn't care. Marken did the same thing in Newark. He quit when the work got tough. Sorry, but they earned $350k and Boozer walked away with it too! Miller and Rouse were in favor of a second high school in a 13-acre business complex next to the jail! The 3 newest board members are fiscally responsible and take the needs of the entire district into consideration. Cherrier, Blackman, and Kuo will surely bring great things to DUSD, as we can thank them and dedicated community members for the future high school on the property near Grafton. As far as DTA, they lost a lot of respect these past few weeks. Some teachers should be reprimanded for their online behavior as well as for driving by the homes of board members while shouting and beeping.


Posted by Joann
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:08 pm

The community needs to pressure the board members to pay teachers what they are worth! This happens in many districts. People want good education, caring teachers that do their jobs, and to know their children are in a “high quality & Great district.” Keep your teachers happy, safe, and pay them so they can afford to live in the community.


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