CUSD announces finalist for superintendent position

The Carmel Unified School District announced selecting Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga as the sole finalist for the CUSD superintendent position, in a press release on Jan. 18.

Since the middle of the 2015-16 school year, CUSD has been without an official superintendent, with director of human resources Karen Hendricks serving as interim superintendent to fill the position during Scott Laurence’s leave. This fall, the school board announced that they would be conducting a formal search spanning the nation for a permanent superintendent.

The school board plans to give an official offer of employment to Dill-Varga on Feb. 15.

“I am honored to be chosen as Carmel Unified’s next superintendent,” Dill-Varga said in the press release. “I hope to contribute my passion for teaching and learning…and my understanding of the important partnerships that exist between all of our schools, the family and the community to continue and build upon Carmel’s fine legacy of excellence.”

Dill-Varga is coming from an assistant superintendent position in the Maine Township High School District in Park Ridge, Illinois, where she has been employed for the past eight years.

CUSD school board president John Ellison explained in the press release that Dill-Varga’s “extensive experience and proven leadership skills” contributed to their decision.

“We are pleased with the direction as a whole has taken over the past few years,” Ellison added. “We believe that Dr. Dill-Varga will be instrumental in leading our students to even greater success.”

According to the press release, Dill-Varga has worked as a high school English teacher, an associate principal and assistant superintendent in Glenview, Illinois. In 2009, she moved to Park Ridge to take her current position as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

-Anna Gumberg