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Paramount school district hires two interim superintendents

PARAMOUNT — Two familiar faces have returned as co-interim superintendents of the Paramount Unified School District — former Superintendent David Verdugo and former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Stephanie Stephens.

Both assumed duties March 23 to replace Superintendent Herman Mendez, who was reassigned to other duties until his contract expires June 30.

Verdugo served as superintendent for eight years, retiring in 2013. Stephens is a longtime district employee, working her way up from teacher to principal and then administrator.

“They will work in tandem, alternating coverage five days a week,” school board President Alicia Anderson said in a letter to the community. “They will continue the academic priorities that Paramount has set forth, thereby assuring that our district’s mission is fulfilled.”

The pair were hired by the board in a closed session March 11 on a unanimous vote.

In the closed session meeting March 5, the vote was 4-0 to terminate the agreement with Mendez as of June 30.

His title was changed to “superintendent on special assignment” with duties as assigned by the board through July 31, according to board minutes.

Verdugo is a former superintendent of the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera.