Carol Piraino, who has scrambled over the last five months to keep the district functional during the crisis resulting from the alleged financial misdeeds of the former superintendent, has been named Portola Valley School District's permanent superintendent.
The school board Wednesday night, June 20, unanimously approved a two-year contract for Ms. Piraino, who had been serving as assistant superintendent under Tim Hanretty.
Mr. Hanretty resigned in late January, and Ms. Piraino was appointed acting superintendent. Since his resignation, Mr. Hanretty has been arrested on six felony counts of embezzlement from the district, and will face charges of stealing nearly $101,000 of district funds to renovate his home.
During the last five months, Ms. Piraino "has been vetted, tested," and has shown that "she is a phenomenal leader," said board President Scott Parker.
Given all she had to manage since February, "working 80 or 100 hours a week," he added, "we didn't find it appropriate or even necessary to do a full search" for a superintendent.
Ms. Piraino will be paid $185,000 annually, and be covered by medical, vision and dental insurance, according to her contract.
Before her stint in the district office, which began in 2010, Ms. Piraino was principal of Corte Madera School, one of the district's two schools.