MARYSVILLE — The Marysville School District Board of Directors took formal action on Thursday, March 28, at a special session Board meeting to hire Dr. Becky Berg to serve as the new superintendent for the district, effective July 1. Current Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland will continue to serve until this time.
Berg was one of three finalists selected by the Board on Saturday, March 23, along with Dr. Carl Bruner and Dr. Tony Byrd, based on the interviews and information from the participants. These finalists spent one day each of visitation in the district — on Monday, March 25, through Wednesday, March 27 — which included a formal interview with the Board. On the evening of March 27, the Board deliberated in closed session, during which they reviewed feedback received, discussed what they heard, and compared all against the selection criteria, as well as the district mission and vision.
At the close of the Board's March 28 meeting, each Board member shared their thoughts about the process and the final decision.
"This was a very difficult decision for the Board to make, as all three finalists were very strong," Board President Chris Nation said. "We appreciate the work of Northwest Leadership Associates to recruit such strong candidates who best met our criteria, mission and vision of the district. We are also very thankful for the work of the community and staff members. Their participation was a vital part of the search process."
"I am honored to be a part of this process, and of making this very important decision for the district," Board Vice President Wendy Fryberg said. "All candidates were great options for us. We are moving in the right direction, and I think Dr. Berg will be a perfect fit for our future work. I was so appreciative of all the input we received from staff and the community. It shows that we all care about all children and want the best for our school district."
"We listened to many in setting our criteria, and to the responses of all of our candidates," Board Director Dr. Tom Albright said. "All five of our semifinalists were capable of doing the job. The three finalists all could provide the leadership and skills we need, but in different ways. For us, given the challenges that our district faces, I am confident and excited that Dr. Becky Berg can lead our Board, leadership team, principals and teachers to the next level."
"This was a great experience to have the staff and community involved deeply in the process," Board Director Cindy Erickson said. "It was a very tough decision, one we did not take lightly. All finalists were very strong and qualified to serve as superintendent."
"In the end, the result was keeping our goals, mission and vision in mind, knowing that we do not want to stray from the path we are on, and knowing that we need to engage our community," Board Director Pete Lundberg said. "Dr. Becky Berg is the right person at the right time to move us forward. We will not allow anyone to lose sight of the mission and vision, and we will continue to reach out to all stakeholders, folding them into our district so that all students are proficient in reading and math. I am very thankful to all the community and staff for their diligence."
Berg is currently serving as superintendent in Deer Park, Wash., and will begin as superintendent of the Marysville School District on July 1.