The contract extension for Marten means she will continue to lead the state’s second-largest school district through the 2022-23 school year.
“The key to the ongoing ability of students in the district to succeed and thrive is around stability - not just stability for the sake of stability, but stability around a very clear strategy that has been designed to help each and every one of our students achieve to their fullest potential,” said Trustee Richard Barrera.
In explaining their votes, Board of Education trustees talked about the academic progress being made by San Diego Unified students. San Diego Unified schools were recognized last year for outperforming other big-city districts in the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card.
The extension approved for Marten’s contract keeps the education leader in place for another four years, the maximum length allowed under state education code. The board vote on the extension 3-1 with Trustees Barrera, John Lee Evans, and Kevin Beiser in support. Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne opposed, and Dr. Mike McQuary was absent.
Following the meeting, Marten thanked the board for its continued support of the work taking place across the district. The 17-year classroom teacher said she continues to be as enthusiastic about the potential of San Diego students as when she first assumed the role of superintendent in 2013.