He spent a year working with Girolamo to familiarize himself with the superintendent’s job and officially took over the top position in July 2002. A graduate of Antelope Valley High School, Vierra began his career with the district as a teacher at Desert Winds Continuation High School in 1988. After one semester, he was promoted to dean. He later became the school’s vice principal. Vierra worked at Littlerock High School as vice principal and assistant principal, transferred back to Desert Winds as principal and then became principal of Palmdale High School in late 1997. In 1998, he was named assistant superintendent for personnel services. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Board President Tom Pigott said Vierra’s previous salary ranked in the 50th percentile compared with other California superintendents at districts of similar size. Pigott noted that salaries of district teachers are in the 90th percentile. The district has about 24,000 students. “We are competitive in our ability to attract and retain teachers. We need to carry that over to the superintendent as well. He’s a good superintendent and we want to remain competitive,” Pigott said. Vierra’s new salary will move his pay to the 75th percentile, Pigott said. In 2001, Vierra was associate superintendent of personnel services when he was selected to replace retiring Superintendent Robert Girolamo. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have given Superintendent David Vierra a 10.4 percent raise under a new four-year contract. Vierra, who has been the district’s top administrator since 2002, will begin earning an annual salary of $182,326 on July 1. “I appreciate the board’s vote of confidence. I’m honored to be a member of this governance team and of this organization,” said Vierra, whose contract now runs through 2011. The board approved the raise at Wednesday’s meeting.