The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education formally approved hiring current interim Superintendent Stacy Yao permanently at a meeting last week.
The board unanimously ratified a three-year contract with Yao, which will take effect July 1. She will be paid an annual salary of $271,734 for the next school year, the same amount she makes currently. Yao opted to not ask for an increase because of the district’s financial situation, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Leslie Main said at the meeting.
CUSD has faced declining enrollment and repeated budget cuts in recent years. In the fall, the district considered closing multiple schools but ended up opting to put a $398 parcel tax on the ballot May 4 instead. If the tax passes, board members have vowed they won’t close schools for financial reasons.
Yao took over as interim superintendent after former superintendent Craig Baker retired last spring. She previously oversaw human resources for the district.
Board members congratulated Yao at last week’s meeting, saying they look forward to her continuing to lead the district.
“We’re very excited and very happy that you’re taking on this role for the district,” board president Jerry Liu said. “There’s not a better person, I’m convinced, in the world for this role.”