By ATHENA FOSLER-BRAZIL
Published May 19, 2020. Updated May 21, 2020.
Carmel Unified School District Superintendent Barb Dill-Varga is currently on a leave of absence until her June 30 resignation date. The decision was made public Friday, when the district announced that former CUSD chief human resources officer Trisha Dellis will be serving as acting superintendent indefinitely.
Dill-Varga, who has been the CUSD superintendent since 2017, was reviewed by the board Thursday, the same day the board unanimously voted to appoint Dellis in her place. Dill-Varga’s mutual consent agreement stipulates that she will continue to receive both her monthly salary and current health benefits until May 20, 2021.
The board is scheduled to approve the agreement at a meeting this coming Wednesday.
Prior to coming to CUSD in 2019, Dellis served as superintendent of Nevada City School District for four years and worked for 25 years as a teacher, assistant principal and assistant superintendent prior to that, making her one of the most qualified in-house candidates for Dill-Varga’s former position. Dellis says she is honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as acting superintendent in CUSD.
“It’s an amazing district, and I look forward to working with everyone and trying to move us through this crisis,” Dellis says.
Bill Schrier, president of the Association of Carmel Teachers, is optimistic about working with Dellis: “Many of us in ACT leadership have worked with Trisha, and we are excited about our future collaboration.”