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NEWS RELEASE: San Diego Unified Board of Education Votes to Extend Contract of Superintendent Cindy Marten

NEWS RELEASE: San Diego Unified Board of Education Votes to Extend Contract of Superintendent Cindy Marten
Posted on 07/25/2018

San Diego Unified School District


July 25, 2018

San Diego Unified Board of Education Votes to Extend Contract of Superintendent Cindy Marten

SAN DIEGO (July 25, 2018) - The San Diego Unified Board of Education voted 5-0 Tuesday to extend the employment contract for Superintendent Cindy Marten through the 2021-22 school year. Her current contract runs through June 30, 2020.

The Board's decision comes following the Superintendent's annual evaluation in which they said they are “extremely proud of the district's continuing progress under Superintendent Marten's leadership.”

The annual evaluation of the Superintendent is synonymous with the Board's evaluation of the district's progress as a whole, including a self-evaluation of the Board's own efforts, and is reflective of the progress made implementing the Local Control and Accountability Plan or LCAP. An overall rating of “Accomplishing” was assigned to LCAP goals 1-3 and 6, with Goals 4 and 5 receiving a rating of “Developing.”

“Our schools have made tremendous progress over the past five years, but I am even more excited about what we are building for the future. I am grateful for the hard work of our students, our families, and our staff, the support of our city, and the continued confidence the Board of Education has expressed in our work,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten.

A full list of accomplishments highlighted by the Board can be found here.

Some key accomplishments are highlighted below:

  • Goal 1: Closing the Achievement Gap with High Expectations for All: Progress is evident as the district's fourth and eighth grade students outperformed other large urban school districts by demonstrating significant grade level gains in both reading and mathematics on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation's Report Card.”

  • Goal 2: Access to Broad and Challenging Curriculum: Progress is evident in the expansion of access to college classes districtwide, including opportunities for high school students to earn college credits through City, Mesa and Miramar Community Colleges and UCSD Extension.

  • Goal 3: Quality Leadership, Teaching and Learning: Significant progress and positive impact is evident in the improvement of recruiting staff members who reflect the diverse backgrounds of our students, and in offering early employment contracts to high quality, diverse candidates in hard-to-staff areas such as math, science and special education.

  • Goal 4: Positive School Environment, Climate and Culture: The Superintendent continues to make gains in improving support services for students. Counseling services, restorative practices, trauma informed care and student wellness now offer reliable supports to students that contribute to overall school success. Collaboration among departments is evident across the district to ensure the needs of the whole child are being met.

  • Goal 5: Parent and Community Engagement: Significant improvement has been made in parent and community relationships with schools and the district as a whole. The foundational work started by the FACE team provides the structure for continued implementation and expansion of services. A variety of events and opportunities were offered on High Impact Home Strategies and implementing literacy strategies in the home. The Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options team has made significant improvements to the Choice process and customer service to families enrolling in district schools.

  • Goal 6: Well-Orchestrated Districtwide Support Services and Communications: The district has cultivated and sustained valuable community partnerships with entities including SAY San Diego, the Center, National Conflict Resolution Center, Anti-Defamation League, and others that provide mutual support. The Superintendent has successfully improved the relationships with our bargaining units, and communication with the Board and public is frequent and open.