CUSD picks interim superintendent Yao for permanent post

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Stacy Yao is set to become the Cupertino Union School District's superintendent. She currently serves as interim superintendent.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education announced last night that it plans to appoint Interim Superintendent Stacy Yao to the permanent superintendent position.

Rather than conduct a superintendent search, the district intends to keep Yao in the top post. The district made the announcement at a Feb. 11 board meeting, reporting the decision after the board’s closed session.

“We will be consulting the union leadership on this appointment, and welcome feedback from our community stakeholders,” board president Jerry Liu said. “The board will then consider action on approving Mrs. Yao’s contract at an upcoming regular board meeting.”

The intent is to put the appointment on the agenda for the planned Feb. 25 board meeting.

Yao was initially appointed to the interim post in April last year, after Superintendent Craig Baker retired, in part to help CUSD save money. Yao had been serving as the district’s associate superintendent in charge of human resources. To cut costs, the district didn’t hire to fill her position, instead reconfiguring the executive cabinet’s responsibilities.

CUSD has faced a substantial budget crunch in recent years, as enrollment has declined. The district’s state funding is tied to its student population. Last fall, the district considered closing multiple schools in an attempt to stabilize the budget. The board ultimately decided to instead place a parcel-tax measure before voters in May, promising not to close schools for financial reasons if it passes.

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