February 4, 2014 > Congratulations to Newark Superintendent Dave Marken
Congratulations to Newark Superintendent Dave Marken
Submitted By Liz Warren
Dr. Dave Marken, Newark Unified School DistrictÕs (NUSD) Superintendent, has been named as the ACSA Region 6 Superintendent of the Year. He will be recognized at the ACSA Region 6 Summit on June 19 at the Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton.
The very day that Dr. Marken arrived in NUSD, he led the charge for a bond to fund the rebuilding and renovation of schools. He immediately began to reinstate professional development days and worked to reinstate smaller class sizes with the added benefit of eliminating the need for additional layoffs. Dr. Marken found top personnel for some difficult-to-fill leadership positions, brought in a range of social services for students and families, and worked with NewarkÕs Board to raise high school graduation requirements to align to the CSU-UC A-G requirements for all students. Dr. Marken created a college and career readiness focus for all students by bringing in a 6-year planning tool, provided PSAT testing for all grade 10 students, committed to achieve gender and racial equity in participation in AP Programs, and brought electives back to Newark Junior High School.
In short, morale, productivity, maintenance and operations, expectations, and test scores shot up (with Newark having the greatest API gain of all districts in Alameda County in 2013) with Dr. Marken at our helm. Nothing short of miraculous!