SDUSD Names New Superintendent

Current SDUSD Superintendent Bill Kowba will step down on June 30

By Monica Garske and Danya Bacchus
|  Thursday, Feb 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:19 PM PDT
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SDUSD Names Cindy Marten as Supt. Choice

Nearly 24 hours after Superintendent Bill Kowba announced he will retire in June, the San Diego Unified School Board names his replacement. Hear from Central Elementary School Principal Cindy Marten.

Hear From Board's Choice for New Supt: Cindy Marten

Nearly 24 hours after Superintendent Bill Kowba announced he will retire in June, the San Diego Unified School Board names his replacement. Hear from Central Elementary School Principal Cindy Marten.
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The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has named their new superintendent, less than 24 hours after Superintendent Bill Kowba announced his resignation.

At a meeting Wednesday night, the school district announced that the new SDUSD superintendent will be Cindy Marten, the current principal of Central Elementary School in City Heights.

Kowba will step down effective June 30, 2013 -- the day that signals the end of his three-year contract.

Marten, an educator for the past 25 years, has worked at Central Elementary School since 2002.

At the meeting, Marten spoke of her new position with the district, saying: "This is an incredible honor and I sort of don't believe it."

"I believe in the hope and promise of public education in America," she added.

Read Superintendent Kowba's letter of resignation.

San Diego Unified Board of Education president John Lee Evans released a statement Wednesday night about Marten’s new position.

His statement read, in part:

“In our selection of a new Superintendent we first want a leader who is prepared to carry out the San Diego community based school reform model, Vision 2020, adopted by the board. What does this mean? We want a leader whose primary focus will be on raising achievement levels for all students in our district. We want someone who will focus on our return to schools that will meet the unique needs of each neighborhood. We want someone who will focus on effective teaching by providing support to teachers with meaningful evaluations that improve instruction. We want a servant leader who will demonstrate strong leadership and work collaboratively with district staff and the communities. We want a leader who will be tirelessly focused on the needs of children and will expect all adults to do the same.

We want an educator who is a visionary leader. We want someone who has respect from stakeholder groups with differing opinions. We want a leader who can assertively take San Diego Unified to the goals of Vision 2020.

We have found such a person in our own district. Cindy Marten has been an educator for 25 years. She started in the Poway School District and then came to San Diego to work at one of our most challenging schools in City Heights where she has been for 10 years. She started off as a teacher and then became the principal. Central Elementary serves 850 at-risk youth of which 99% live in poverty and 85% of the students are English Learners. She has delivered on the promise of a high quality neighborhood school in spite of all its challenges. She believes that a child should not have to leave his or her neighborhood for a quality education. She has worked hard for 10 years with a team of close to 100 staff members to make this dream a reality through their motto and driving vision they call “The Central Way: Work hard. Be kind. Dream big. No excuses.”

Ms. Marten has demonstrated that she can produce all of the results that we are looking for in Vision 2020 by collaborating closely with her staff. The Board is unanimous in its support of Ms. Marten and we are sure that in the coming months our teachers, our staff, our students and our community will unite behind Ms. Marten’s leadership.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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