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Union Hill school board names new superintendent

After a three-month search, the Union Hill School District has its new superintendent.

David Curry, the current executive director of educational services for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, is set to assume the lead role at Union Hill on July 1.

The district’s board of trustees announced Curry’s hiring at a special board meeting on Wednesday evening; the board will vote to approve Curry’s contract at its next regular board meeting on April 14.

The district interviewed three candidates for the position.

Board President Dorothy Goodnow said Curry’s experience in administration, as well as with technology and staff development, made him the district’s top choice.

“We had quite a few candidates to choose from. David really embodied everything we were looking for and we’re really looking forward to moving forward and getting his contract approved and working with him beginning July 1,” Goodnow said.

Curry has spent more than 28 years in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, where he previously served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal before moving into his educational services position in 2007.

He will replace current Union Hill Superintendent Susie Barry, who is retiring at the end of June after five years in the role.

Curry said he was proud of his time in the Tahoe Truckee district but was ready to make a career change.

“It kind of got to a point where I was just hungry for something new,” Curry said.

He said his family — which includes wife Regina and son Hudson, who will enter the fourth grade at Union Hill Elementary School next year — visited Grass Valley as Curry went through the application process and felt an immediate connection.

He was especially impressed with the devotion parents, students and teachers showed to the district.

“I got a sense of how great the community was,” Curry said. “It’s the kind of environment that draws people in, so of course it drew me in.”

Curry will finish out his contract with the Tahoe Truckee district, but said that he also plans on working with Barry prior to July 1 to get an introduction to the superintendent role.

Goodnow said both Curry and Barry have expressed their willingness to work together in the coming months as the district changes leadership.

“We’re very confident that it will be a smooth transition,” Goodnow said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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