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Eureka Union School District hires new interim superintendent

Board plans to have permanent superintendent in place by July 1
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The Eureka Union School District has hired a new interim superintendent to replace outgoing interim superintendent David Dominguez, who resigned Feb. 14 to begin cancer treatment.

Paul Carras started the position Feb. 22 after receiving a unanimous vote by the board of trustees. He makes the third interim superintendent for the Granite Bay and east Roseville district since former superintendent Dr. Tim McCarty resigned in February 2011.

The board is currently interviewing permanent candidates and intends to have a person in place for a start date of no later than July 1.

During a recent community meeting, board President Kristie Greiss responded to a complaint about the delay in securing a top administrator.

“Would we like to have the person we’ve chosen for you immediately tomorrow? Absolutely,” Greiss said. “We also want to protect the process, keep true to what we decided was best as a district, which is working with the (recruitment) firm we selected. We are in the process and it should wrap up (by) March 16.”

Despite Dominguez’s sudden departure, the board felt compelled to continue with their planned hiring process.

“It is of the utmost priority to the board that we find the most qualified person and best-suited individual to lead our district, especially during the challenging years to come,” Greiss told the Press Tribune via email.

Carras has worked in education for more than 40 years, including as a principal and superintendent. He retired from the Rocklin Unified School District and then did two year-long stints as an interim superintendent for two other districts. He currently serves on the Western Placer Unified School District board of trustees.

“We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with someone who is not only willing to take on this leadership role, especially with the challenges that school districts are facing amidst the current budget crisis, but whom also has the qualifications and experience to do the job well,” Greiss told the Press Tribune.

Dominguez became interim superintendent July 1, and earned an annual salary of $146,000. The board will vote on Carras’ contract during the March 13 meeting. His salary will be the same as Dominguez’s, Greiss said.

Dominguez replaced Rick Schrichfield, who retired from the district after serving as the top administrator following McCarty’s resignation. He earned $13,250 a month through June.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.