The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to appoint Dr. Gabriel Trujillo as Interim Superintendent. Dr. H.T. Sánchez resigned his position on February 28.
Dr. Trujillo has served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction since August 2016. Previously, he was the principal at Trevor G. Browne High School in the Phoenix Union High School District, a district administrator for Phoenix Union High School District and a high school and elementary school teacher.
Trevor G. Browne is a school with 3,200 students and 250 employees. Dr. Trujillo said his experience at the high school has helped him prepare for the interim superintendent position at Tucson Unified.
"While this is a much bigger stage, I am comfortable handling student management and discipline issues and I am comfortable communicating with concerned parents and a community with questions and concerns," he said.
Dr. Trujillo said he does not plan to make significant changes in the near future.
"I am here to be a responsible steward of Tucson Unified School District, to stabilize the District and keep it moving forward."
His top goals for the district during his time in the interim position are to staff schools for next year and to deliver a comprehensive budget to the Governing Board for approval.
The appointment is set to last through June 30; however, there is an option to extend the appointment into next school year. He will retain his role as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Trujillo was the Phoenix Union district Administrator/Principal of the Year and a Rodel Principal finalist in 2014.
In addition to appointing Dr. Trujillo interim superintendent on Tuesday, the board voted to begin the process to search for a permanent Superintendent.