San Diego schools Superintendent Cindy Marten visits with Rep. John Lewis during his 2018 visit. Photo by Ken Stone

San Diego Unified School District trustees voted Tuesday night to extend the contract for Superintendent Cindy Marten and approve a new teachers contract with a 3.7 percent raise.

Marten’s contract extension keeps her in place for another four years, through the 2022-23 school year.

The vote on the extension was 3-1, with trustees Richard Barrera, John Lee Evans and Kevin Beiser in support. Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne opposed, and Dr. Mike McQuary was absent.

The teachers contract was ratified earlier this month with 99 percent of the vote by the members of the San Diego Education Association, the union representing teachers.

“The key to the ongoing ability of students in the district to succeed and thrive is around stability — not just stability for the sake of stability, but stability around a very clear strategy that has been designed to help each and every one of our students achieve to their fullest potential,” said Barrera. “We’re privileged to have Superintendent Marten leading our district.”

The trustees voting for Marten’s contract extension cited strong academic progress being made by San Diego Unified students. San Diego Unified schools were recognized last year for outperforming other big-city districts in the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation’s Report Card.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.