Dugan Takes Over as Washoe School Chief

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Former teacher, counselor and administrator Paul Dugan began his first week Monday as interim superintendent for the Washoe County School District.

Dugan took over the job Sunday with the departure of Jim Hager, who announced in June he was stepping down after six years to become a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dugan, 54, said improving student achievement while dealing with increasing enrollment and tight resources are the most pressing challenges facing the district.

"The demographics of the Washoe County School District are changing," Dugan said.

"I think we need to look at how we allocate our resources," he said, adding, "I don't believe we have enough resources that are going directly for second-language learners."

Under a contract approved by the school board, Dugan will receive a salary of $145,000. He will fill the job until June, unless a permanent replacement is hired before then.

Dugan said he has not decided if he'll apply for the job permanently.