Superintendent’s Office

The Newark Unified School District Superintendent’s Office promotes educational excellence through leadership, service, and collaboration.

Leticia Salinas

Acting Superintendent of Schools

Since 2017, Leticia Salinas has served as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services in Newark Unified School District. She brings over two decades of experience as a teacher, lecturer, principal, supervisor of K-12 schools, human resources leader, and English Language Learner program expert. As Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Ms. Salinas oversees Special Education, Pupil Services, Technology, East Bay Induction Consortium, curriculum and instruction, assessment, textbooks, school supervision, enrollment, student placement, parent engagement, and behavioral/mental health services. In her role, she supports the integration of standards, standards-based curriculum, research-based instruction, professional development and accountability. She is also responsible for auxiliary services including research, categorical compliance, special projects, and the District English Learner Program Advisory Committee (DELAC). Prior to joining NUSD, Ms. Salinas served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources in Hayward Unified School District and as Assistant Superintendent, Elementary LEAD with San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Salinas holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a minor in Spanish literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to several teaching credentials, she also earned a Masters of Arts degree in English from California State University, Hayward. As a leader in her field, Ms. Salinas has completed executive programs at Stanford University and Harvard University.   On December 19th 2019, the Newark Unified School District Board of Education appointed Ms. Leticia Salinas as the Acting Superintendent. Effective December 19, 2019 assumes all responsibilities of the Office of the Superintendent.  Ms. Salinas currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services and will ensure we have a smooth transition and that our district continues to build on our successes. When Superintendent Sanchez announced his resignation we worked together so there would be continuity of district work and support for our school district. We appreciate that Mr. Sanchez proposed the idea to support capital improvement projects for the district so that between now through June 30, 2020, he will lead projects that the Newark community has deemed urgent and needed for the safety of our schools.
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Charlene Aquino

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education

Charlene Aquino provides executive administrative support to the Superintendent and Board of Education. She is responsible for District-wide communications including management of the district website and supports the Superintendent in maintaining good public relations. Ms. Aquino handles formal complaints, public records requests, maintains board policies and the Guide for Parents and Students. She manages all coordination of Board of Education agendas and minutes and maintains cloud-based board management service which houses Government Agendas, Minutes, and Board Policies.