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New superintendent of SD schools quickly announced

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Cindy Marten was unanimously named as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District Wednesday night after serving the past decade as principal of Central Elementary School.

Marten will succeed Bill Kowba, who told the district's Board of Education Tuesday he would retire June 30 when his three-year contract ends.

"In our selection of a new superintendent we wanted an educator who is a visionary leader," board President John Lee Evans said.

"We have found such a person in our own district, Cindy Marten, an educator for 25 years who started off as a teacher then became principal of one of our most challenging schools, Central Elementary, serving 850 at-risk youth, 99 percent of whom live in poverty and 85 percent of whom are English learners."

Marten called being selected as superintendent by the school board "an incredible honor."

"I believe in the hope and promise of public education in America, and I believe in doing the work to show Americans what public schools are all about," Marten said.

Asked if she was up to the task of being the superintendent of the state's second-largest school district, with an enrollment of more than 132,000

students, after being principal of a small elementary school, Marten replied, "It's a team that's going to be doing the work together. I'm ready for the challenge."

Before becoming principal at Central Elementary School in the City Heights section of San Diego, Marten was a schoolwide literacy specialist in the Poway Unified School District.

School board member Scott Barnett said he was "absolutely confident Marten is the right person, at the right place, at the right time to lead the district into great success for our kids."

Board member Marne Foster said Marten "was already doing the work of a superintendent" in directing her school in "community-based education reform."

Board vice president Kevin Beiser said Marten exhibits the strong qualities the district was seeking in a new superintendent, "someone passionate about kids and education and embracing research-based reform."

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