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Marshall assistant superintendent cites new opportunities as reason for resignation

Monday, April 12, 2010

Marshall schools Assistant Superintendent Brandon Russell said he is pursuing new opportunities but will miss the people he worked with in the district here.

The Marshall Board of Education met early Friday, April 9, and accepted Russell's resignation.

Russell indicated that his goal is to become a superintendent, and while he would have enjoyed staying in Marshall, he decided to pursue other possibilities.

Russell was Superintendent Craig Noah's first central administration hire. The two both started work in Marshall July 1, 2008.

"I've got some opportunities that are available. I just haven't ironed out which one," Russell said.

"I've loved my time here. There are some good people here. (And) I've gained valuable experience in central administration."

He admitted the timing of his move wasn't ideal.

"I wish the timing would have been better," he said. "I didn't want to leave the district hanging."

Noah is left with a relatively small window of time to find a replacement. Advertising for a new assistant superintendent began Friday and has a closing date of Sunday, April 18.

"The issue is whoever applies will have to be released from the district they're at," Noah said, noting that the situation was similar to "hiring a teacher in August" just before schools starts.

Noah said the basic job description for the new assistant superintendent remains the same -- for now. He likes to tailor duties to individual strengths as much as possible and will wait to see who is selected for the job before making adjustments to the position.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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Marshall school district hires Lexington adminstrator as new assistant superintendent:
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