The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) voted to appoint Alberto Carvalho as its new superintendent, Thursday.

Carvalho will make his way to Los Angeles via the Miami Dade Public School District, where he served as superintendent since 2008.

The Florida native received several accolades in his time with Miami-Dade, including 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year, and 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year.

“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” said Superintendent Carvalho. “For the last three decades, I have selflessly dedicated my professional career to the children of Miami’s diverse community, and I am hoping to bring that same passion, compassion and commitment to the students and families in L.A. Unified.”

The position’s opening came after previous LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner stepped down in June.

From that time, Megan K. Reilly stepped in as interim superintendent for the district.

“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to sincerely thank Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly for her leadership of our District during an extraordinarily challenging time,” LAUSD Board President Kelly Gonez said. “Superintendent Reilly has successfully overseen a return to full in-person learning, managed the emergence of the Delta variant, implemented an employee vaccination requirement, and overcome unprecedented challenges as we continue to respond to the pandemic and its effects. I hope to continue working alongside her in partnership.”

The next step for the LAUSD board will be finalizing a vote for Carvalho’s contract, which will occur on Dec. 14.

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