Marysville superintendent could start a month early

A June start means Zachary Robbins could weigh in on a $13.5 million budget shortfall and a parental consent policy for clubs.

Zachary Robbins

Zachary Robbins

MARYSVILLE — Marysville’s new superintendent will take the reins June 1, according to a district news release.

Earlier this week, Marysville School District officials began discussing how to bring incoming Superintendent Zachary Robbins on board one month earlier than planned.

As envisioned, Robbins could sign a one-month contract before his previously approved three-year-deal would kick in July 1. The Marysville School Board is expected to smooth out the details and approve the contract at a special meeting at 6 p.m. May 31. Robbins could be sworn in that day.

The one-month contract will be attached to the special board meeting agenda when it’s published online.

Robbins will be released from his current post as principal of Cheyenne High School in Nevada later this month and will be available to begin in June. Interim Superintendent Chris Pearson will then transition back into his role as executive director of teaching and learning.

Bringing Robbins in early would mean he could weigh in on how the board deals with a $13.5 million shortfall in next year’s budget. If he were to start July 1, as originally planned, many of the big budgetary decisions would be done without his input.

The 2022-23 budget is due to the Northwest Educational Service District by July 10, according to a district news release.

The early start also means he could discuss board members’ controversial proposed policy change that would require parental consent for students to join clubs. A final decision could be made June 6, though Pearson has asked the board to postpone action until the budget decisions are made.

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