Marysville superintendent stepping down amid high praise

Her decision follows a lengthy medical leave, which gave her a “renewed perspective” on life.

Dr. Becky Berg

Dr. Becky Berg

MARYSVILLE — Superintendent Becky Berg has announced that she will be stepping down from leading the school district of more than 11,000 students.

Berg has worked in education for 32 years. She’s been in the Marysville School District for the last five.

She has been on medical leave since January, following a surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from her brain.

“The episode caused me to take stock of my life and my work with a renewed perspective,” Berg said in a prepared statement. “Serving as the Marysville School District superintendent has been the highlight of my career.”

She focused on trying to shrink class sizes, improve attendance, add rigorous coursework, raise graduation rates and teach every child to read by the end of first grade, according to a news release.

She learned the value of caring for students’ mental and emotional well-being and meeting their safety and health needs, as well as academic, she said.

She led the district during the response to a deadly school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2014. She’s since offered support and advice to at least one district dealing with tragedy.

Marysville School Board President Tom Albright called her impact on local schools “immeasurable.”

He cited her dedication to removing barriers and inequities and carefully managing the district budget to create a rainy day fund.

“Dr. Berg’s positive work will be felt for many years to come,” he said in a news release.

An interim superintendent will be appointed soon for the 2018-19 school year, according to Albright. The board will begin the search for a new superintendent.

Deputy Superintendent Jason Thompson has been acting superintendent during Berg’s absence.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com

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