Jason Thompson named superintendent of Marysville schools

He’s expected to be appointed on Monday. He took over for Becky Berg when she left in May.

MARYSVILLE — Jason Thompson has been chosen as the next superintendent of the Marysville School District.

He’s been the interim superintendent since July. He took over for Becky Berg, who stepped down in the spring. Thompson is expected to be formally appointed during a school board vote at a meeting on Monday.

He’s under contract for the temporary position, which is set to expire next June. His salary is $199,712.

If all goes as planned, a new contract would be put in place the next day. It would last three years.

He was chosen because of the work he’s done so far, according to a news release. Keeping him in leadership would be best for staff and students, school board president Tom Albright said, according to the release.

“He has worked hard to bring stability and positive change,” Albright said. “(He) has made some tough decisions necessary to improve the educational environment for our students, families and staff.”

Within the six months that Thompson has been in charge, the district avoided a strike when it negotiated a new contract with its teachers after the McCleary state Supreme Court decision.

“We have work to do, but I’m proud to be part of that work,” he said in a prepared statement.

Berg held the position before Thompson for five years. She left to focus on her health. She had a non-cancerous brain tumor removed in January, and was on leave until her departure in May.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192; sdavey@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

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