By Miriam Raftery
March 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – After 14 years as Superintendent of the La Mesa0Spring Valley School District, Brian Marshall will retire on December 31st, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Marshall has a long career in East County and San diego. After receiving his Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from San Diego State University and a teaching credential at the University of San Diego, he became vice principal of Lakeside Middle School in 1993 and in 1995 was named principal of Tierra del Sol Middle School in the Lakeside Union School District.
His employment with the LMSV district began in 1998, two decades ago, when he served as principal of la Mesa Middle School (now the La Mesa Arts Academy), where he served for four years before becoming Assistant Superintendent. At age 39, he became the district’s Superintendent.
Marshall grew up in San Carlos and has raised his own two children in Del Cerro. At the time he became Superintendent, his oldest child was starting kindergarten and his youngest was just a year old. According to the Union-Tribune, Marshall promised his wife, Rosemarie, that he would retire as soon as it was affordable to do so. His daughter is now in college and his son is a high school student at Patrick Henry.
Marshall will retire with a $245,000 salary. According to his biography on the LMSV site, his is currently a candidate for a doctoral degree at USD.
Marshall oversaw challenging times including weathered a recession that necessitated teacher layoffs and salary reductions, but also presided over the district upgrading many facilities following passage of the Prop M bond measure, bringing technology into classrooms, and creating the La Mease Arts Academy, STEAM at La Presa, the Spring Valley Academy and Kempton Literacy Academy.
The district has also undergone controversies, including selection of a church secretary over other seemingly well-qualified candidates to fill a school board vacancy, and legal battles with the College Prep Charter School.
The district will conduct a search for a replacement superintendent over the coming months.