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    Posted by Anna Lucia Roybal at 6/29/2017

    Superintendent Hunt's blog is coming soon.  In the meantime, please feel free to read the recent press release on her appointment:


    San Marcos, CA – July 1, 2017 marks the official start for San Marcos Unified School District’s new Superintendent, Melissa Hunt.


    During the Governing Board meeting in May, Board President, Pam Lindamood, announced the unanimous decision to appoint Mrs. Hunt to the permanent position of Superintendent. She had been serving as SMUSD’s Interim Superintendent since January of this year.


    “In our search to replace Dr. Holt, we received feedback from the community regarding the qualities desired in our next Superintendent. Those qualities included knowing our culture, the capacity to build strong relationships, and extensive classroom and site experience. With this in mind, it was the Board’s belief that Mrs. Hunt would be the best candidate to move the District forward following Dr. Holt's retirement,” stated President Lindamood.


    Understanding the culture of San Marcos Unified was critical in the Board’s decision. Having worked in the District since 2001 as a principal and later as Director of Secondary Education, Mrs. Hunt had shown a clear commitment and dedication to ensuring student opportunities, new curriculum standards, and staff development.


    Dr. Kevin Holt, SMUSD’s newly retired Superintendent, agreed with the Board’s decision. “Melissa is the type of leader that is inclusive and does not have predetermined outcomes in mind. Instead, she has an ability to bring together diverse groups who rally around an outcome that they feel is theirs. She is charismatic. She is funny. She is dedicated. She is truly the right person to lead San Marcos Unified moving forward,” he said.


    As a teacher and an administrator, SMUSD’s newest Superintendent brings over 30 years of experience in education. When asked about her thoughts moving into her new role, she stated, “As an organization, we strive for excellence in all we do - high academic standards, a deep dedication to the Arts, building scholar athletes, erecting beautiful new schools, and opening our arms to all kids.  I feel so lucky and proud to be a part of it.  So, you can imagine when board members asked if I would be willing to serve this district as Interim Superintendent and then later as Superintendent, I could only say, yes. I firmly believe that taking on this role is not a new job or a career move, it is a commitment of my heart to the people I respect and treasure in pursuit of a noble mission – educating children.”


    In addition to ensuring a quality and equitable education for all students in San Marcos, Superintendent Hunt is focused on providing stability and consistency to the District through visible and supportive leadership, clear communication related to the financial health of the District, as well as working collaboratively with the City of San Marcos to address future growth and facilities needs.


    For additional information please contact Anna Lucia Roybal at


    The San Marcos Unified School District is an innovative and collaborative community providing an unparalleled educational experience. Through an engaging and supportive environment, all our students are challenged, inspired, and poised to excel.


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