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Greetings from Marshall's new school superintendent

Posted Monday, September 24, 2012, at 6:53 AM

I appreciate the many welcoming gestures that my family and I have received from the Marshall community. We are proud to call Marshall our new home.

Marshall has a proud tradition, a tradition built on many generations of families that have built this community from the ground up.

Marshall has a lot to offer families looking for a place to call home. One of the great things Marshall has to offer is its school system.

I am honored and humbled to be able to serve as Marshall's newest Superintendent of Schools. Hanging on the wall In Central Office, there is a frame containing the pictures of past superintendents of the district going back to the 1880's. It greatly humbles me to know that I am now a part of that continued legacy that each of these men has helped create over a 130 year period.

Some of these men are young, some are older, some had short tenures and others decades. I often look at these pictures and try to understand the struggles that each of these men would have had to face in their given time.

Each superintendent brought with them their personal experiences and expertise to the Marshall Public Schools.

Each superintendent brought with them their unique personality to lead the district the best way that they knew how.

All of the superintendents left their mark on the school district. Some left bigger marks than others. But all continued to build on the legacy that was passed on to them.

The next chapter of Marshall Public Schools has now been opened. Unlike a book that already has the beginning and end, we have blank pages in front of us ready to write the new chapter as it happens.

But like a book, a good chapter needs to have a direction and purpose. We are going to move forward with distinct purpose and strategic plans to move the district forward and continue writing a great legacy to pass on to the next generation of Marshall.

One of the things that drew our family to Marshall is its hometown feel. The Marshall Public School system is a microcosm of the Marshall community.

Over the past few years, Marshall has changed and grown. Marshall has a much more diversified population -- a diversity that brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. Marshall Public Schools' leadership has accepted and embraced the new challenges and we are working to turn the challenges into opportunities for the future of all Marshall students.

As a husband and a father of two school-aged children, I am very excited about the opportunities that our children will have by being enrolled in Marshall Public Schools. I am looking forward to many years in Marshall and raising our family next to yours. I am looking forward to the great things that we can do together to continue writing the great story of Marshall.

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Mr. Huff, You seem like a very good addition to our community. I think before you start another bond issue you should wait and see if our economy grows after the presidential election. Many, Many in Marshall are just getting by and older folks on set income can not afford higher taxes. It could mean for them pay higher taxes and let food and medicines go. I think you should wait at least one more year.

-- Posted by Cat Lover on Sun, Nov 4, 2012, at 12:59 PM

Oh Bohdi- You are at it again. Do you live here in Marshall? If so, why?

-- Posted by luvthoseowls on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 2:47 PM

Sorry is right! You sound like the 47 percent!

-- Posted by willie makit on Tue, Sep 25, 2012, at 7:38 AM

Yup, I killed off the growth of Marshall with my disdain of higher taxes.

Surprised anyone else is still here.

It was such a thriving, welcoming, progressive, intellectual community.

Gosh, willie, I'm sorry.

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Mon, Sep 24, 2012, at 4:18 PM

Sometimes its best to "keep it simple".

-- Posted by willie makit on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 7:17 AM

Oversimplification at best Willie, and I believe you are more capable than that from what I have seen. :)

-- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 5:02 PM

Thats right Smart Dog! Marshall is not growing. People like you that dont believe in the "use tax" are to blame!

-- Posted by willie makit on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 10:09 AM

"The Marshall Public School system is a microcosm of the Marshall community."

Truer words have not been spoken.

"Over the past few years, Marshall has changed and grown."

Not so much. Marshall has lagged far, far behind the rest of America regarding growth.

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 10:46 AM

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