Marshall school district hires Lexington adminstrator as new assistant superintendent

Monday, May 5, 2008

By ERIC CRUMP

Editor

Incoming Marshall Public School District Superintendent Craig Noah announced Monday morning, May 5, that the district has selected Brandon Russell to serve as assistant superintendent next year.

Russell is currently director of the Lex La-Ray Technical Center, part of the Lexington R-5 school district, where he has been for about six years, Noah said.

The center is similar in curriculum to the Saline County Career Center in Marshall.

Noah described Russell as "a tireless worker," "an upbeat individual" and said he was impressed with Russell's experience as a building-level administrator, his knowledge of curriculum and his ability to relate to people.

"He's a great communicator," Noah said.

Russell will take over for Deputy Superintendent Rick Radford, who announced his resignation early in April after taking an administrative post in St. Charles to be closer to his family and his wife's family.

Russell has a good deal of experience in a range of jobs in the area, in and out of education, and that diversity of experience is one thing he thinks will be a plus in his new position.

He worked for a time as an adminstrative assistant to the mayor of Carrollton. He worked for about 18 months as public relations coordinator at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

In the early 1990s he worked in sales and later as editor of The Carrollton Democrat. He was editor during the 1993 flood and recalls the challenges of that time.

"I put the newspaper out of the graphic arts classsroom for about two weeks," he said.

And that was where a turn in career path began.

He soon got a job teaching graphic arts in Carrollton and began pursuing graduate degrees.

His master's degree is in industrial vocational technical administration and he is close to finishing his educational specialist degree at the University of Central Missouri in educational administration with a focus on superintendency.

He noted that he sees the role of administration as one of supporting the district's teachers.

"I've got a pretty open style," Russell said. "I'm approachable. I like building trust with people. There are a number of ways you do that. One is by supporting them in every way you can.

"I think the administration is there to support what's going on on the front lines -- that's the teachers in the classroom."

Russell's position title and job description will be somewhat different from Radford's as central administration adjusts to a reduction of two positions, according to Noah.

Russell will be responsible for curriculum, building and grounds, transportation and summer school. He will also be the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) coordinator.

Unlike Radford, Russell will not be responsible for helping manage the district budget.

"I'll be handling the financial duties for the district," Noah said. "It's something I enjoy."

Russell's wife, Melissa, already works for the Marshall district. She's a speech implementer, working with speech therapists to help students who have speech difficulties.

The couple live in Waverly with their three children. Their son, Derik, is a freshman at Santa Fe High School in Alma. Their daughter, Lauren, attends eighth grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Alma. And their daughter, Hannah, is a sixth-grader at Santa Fe Elementary School.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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