Palestine Independent School District trustees gave a unanimous OK to their lone finalist candidate for superintendent, Jason Marshall, during a special meeting Thursday.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve here at PISD,” Marshall said after officially being hired by the board. “I think the district has great expectations — from their goal of becoming a world class academic organization to garnering community support through the passage of a bond — both speak volumes to me as the kind of community and the kind of district Palestine ISD is.”
Marshall, 40, most recently served as superintendent at Class 2A Cooper ISD. He was named PISD’s lone finalist for the post during a July 13 special meeting.
He was chosen out of an original field of more than 40 persons who applied for the post after former PISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Wallis announced he was leaving the district to take the same job with the Bryan Independent School District.
“We are excited to have (Marshall) here at PISD,” board president Wade Hobbs said during a reception following Thursday’s meeting. “He seems to be exactly what the district needs. His vision and understanding fit well with where we as a board would like to see the district go next.”
Marshall, Hobbs hopes, will continue to build upon the “solid foundation” the district has worked to build for the last three years.
“We hope that he will build a good solid team and take those changes we have made and make certain the district continues in that direction,” Hobbs said. “We have the ship turned around and feel that Marshall will be a good captain to carry it further.”
Marshall also wants to continue with the good work already taking place at PISD.
“I plan to come in and continue to keep the ball rolling,” Marshall said. “We want Palestine ISD to be a place everyone wants to be, and to make sure we provide the best educational opportunities for these kids — both now and in life after high school.”
Marshall begins his work with PISD immediately, he said, beginning today and getting in full swing next week.
He served as superintendent of the Cooper ISD for the past four years and also previously served as principal at Pleasant Grove High School outside of Texarkana for three years.
He played baseball collegiately at Baylor (where he earned his undergraduate degree) and was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians in 1993. He later received his master’s degree in educational administration in 2002 from Texas A&M University-Commerce and got his superintendent’s certification one year later from the same institution.
Marshall and his wife of 15 years, Shanna, have a 2-year-old son, Quinn.
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