New superintendent sought for WSD

CITY and school district officials celebrate the creation of a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy at Sequoia School in Westminster (WSD photo).

The search is on for a new superintendent for the Westminster School District. Marian Kim Phelps will be leaving the WSD beginning in April to take the post of superintendent of the Poway Unified School District.

Phelps served for three and a half years as the top official of the K-8 district that serves most of Westminster and Midway City, and portions of Garden Grove and Huntington Beach.

MARIAN KIM PHELPS, outgoing WSD superintendent (WSD photo).

“I am incredibly proud of the work that we have achieved together and I am confident that the programs we have in place will continue to thrive and grow,” she said in a statement. “I am excited to take on the new challenges that are ahead of me, yet at the same time, very sad to be leaving the WSD.”

During her tenure, the district launched dual language immersion academies in Vietnamese and Spanish, the creation of a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Academy and achieved the passage of a bond issue to complete modernization of the district’s campuses.

Applications for the new superintendent are being accepted and will close on April 10 at 4 p.m. The Poway district is a K-12 system in northern San Diego with an enrollment of about 35,000 students, operating 26 schools in San Diego and 12 in the city of Poway.

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