Newark superintendent of schools resigns, stepping down in September

I’m hoping to go to this school board meeting tonight, the first once since Marken announced his resignation:

NEWARK — Shortly after the 2014-15 school year begins this late summer, Newark schools will have a new chief.

In a move that has surprised school district leaders, Superintendent Dave Marken has resigned, announcing his decision in a closed-session meeting with Newark Unified trustees earlier this week.

His resignation takes effect Sept. 30.

Marken’s announcement Wednesday night came a month after of his three-year anniversary as Newark schools’ leader.

“He’s the best thing that’s happened to our district; we’ve made amazing progress on all fronts,” Newark school board member Nancy Thomas said. “Dave has been a bulwark in Newark over his three-year tenure.”

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Chris DeBenedetti