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Thompson will serve as interim superintendent

Jason Thompson has been the acting superintendent of the district since January

 

Christopher Andersson

Jason Thompson, right, is sworn in as the Marysville School District's interim superintendent by the Marysville School District's board president Tom Albright on June 6.

Former deputy superintendent Jason Thompson will serve as the Marysville School District's interim superintendent until next summer while the school board searches for the district's next leader.

Thompson was sworn into the office during the June 6 meeting of the Marysville School District board of directors.

Former superintendent Becky Berg announced on May 18 that she would be retiring.

She had been away from the district since the beginning of the year while recovering from surgery to remove a non-cancerous meningioma tumor from her brain.

Since that time in January, Thompson has been serving as acting superintendent.

"Becky had good foresight in naming Jason as deputy superintendent," said Tom Albright, president of the district's board of directors.

"He was already functioning as her right-hand man and providing significant leadership so its been a seamless transition," he said.

Thompson has served as the district's deputy superintendent since 2016, human resources executive director since 2018 and was previously a superintendent in the Newport School District north of Spokane.

He said that there has been a lot to do since the beginning of the year.

"The time has flown by because it has been so busy. It's hard to believe that Becky has been out since January," he said.

He doesn't expect to slow down heading into graduation season either.

"This time of year there's plenty of activities going on for the next few weeks," he said. "It's always fun to go to activities and see our kids."

Thompson and Albright said they will miss working with Berg.

"We all looked to Dr. Berg for leadership, so it's hard to believe that she's been gone since January," said Thompson.

"We miss her tremendously, but this is the team she put together, and her values and her spirit are alive here," said Albright.

"They're all very skilled leaders and they're carrying on without her," he said.

Thompson said it will be a challenge to follow Berg.

"It's hard to fill her shoes, she's such a great leader," he said. "I'm honored and humbled."

Thompson's contract runs from June 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

He said he looks forward to leading the district for this next year.

"It's a challenging but exciting time for the district. Dr. Berg was starting to move on a lot of different fronts and Jason has been able to pick up on that," said Albright.

The school district's board of directors has not started talks on how to proceed with the search process for a new superintendent.

The current plan is to hire the next superintendent to start on July 1, 2019.

"We'll get serious about the search early in the fall," said Albright.

"The first thing we need to do is decide if we want to use a consulting search firm, and if so, which one," he said.

The last time the district ran a search for a superintendent in 2013 there were opportunities for public input and discussion, and Albright expects that the upcoming search will not be radically different.

"We anticipate it will be a very similar process. We've not had that discussion yet, but no one's suggesting anything different," he said.

 

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