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Human Resources

Welcome to the Newark Unified School District’s Human Resource Department web page.  Newark Unified is made up nearly 600 employees.  The goal of our department is to provide professional quality assistance to our employees and those seeking employment.  Whether you are a current employee or a potential employee in these pages you will find useful information.  If you do not find what you are looking for, or if you desire additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact anyone of us.

About our Staff


Kathryn Benson, Interim Assistant Superintendent

(510) 818-4242

Responsible for the overall operation of the Human Resources Department; affirmative action and sexual harassment officer; uniform complaint officer; contract management; grievances; collective bargaining; employee discipline; new employee recruitment and selection; new teacher training; Peer Assistance and Review; Student Teacher program


Laura Johnson, Administrative Assistant

(510) 818-4242 

Oversees and coordinates all generalized Human Resource Office functions; serves as Director’s primary assistant; prepares Board recommendations; coordinates all certificated and management interviews; manages applicant files


Debbie Romero, Manager of Classified HR Employee/Labor Relations

(510) 818-4244 

Oversees office functions relating to classified employees:  personnel tracking; fingerprinting and tuberculin testing; salary placement, advancement and professional growth; classification / reclassification; evaluation cycles; new employee processing; personnel files; workers compensation administration; coordinates all classified interviews; participates in negotiations and grievance responses.


Julie Radcliffe, Certificated HR Technician

(510) 818-4243

Oversees office functions relating to certificated employees: personnel tracking; fingerprinting and tuberculin testing; salary placement, advancement and professional growth; evaluation cycles; credential monitoring and renewal; new employee processing; personnel files; CBEDS/CSIS Coordinator; coaches


Patrice Ottavis, Substitute Placement Clerk

(510) 818-4171

Coordinates placement of certificated and classified substitute employees; tracks employee attendance, including leaves and absences; manages Subfinder system


Donna Hanifin, Staff Secretary I

(510) 818-4103

Front desk, reception and support to the Human Resources Department





department DIRECTORY


Kathryn Benson

Interim Assistant Superintendent



Laura Johnson

Administrative Assistant



Debbie Romero

Classified HR Technician



Julie Radcliffe

Certificated HR Technician



Patrice Ottavis                              

Guest Placement Clerk                  



Donna Hanifin

Staff Secretary I