San Marcos, CA— On Friday, December 16th, Dr. Kevin Holt announced that,
after fourteen years with the San Marcos Unified School District, he will be
retiring as of June 2017.
have had the distinct pleasure of working with many talented people in this
district who have given birth to new ideas, faced down obstacles, persevered
through challenges, and made San Marcos Unified one of the very best school
districts in our state,” Dr. Holt reminisced fondly. “Together we have built Joli Ann, Double
Peak, re-invented San Marcos High and San Marcos Elementary, invested in arts
instruction, provided endless opportunities for professional growth, and
dedicated ourselves to making equity and access a priority and reality for all
of our students.“
Holt led the district successfully through the worst fiscal crisis faced by San
Marcos Unified, and dedicated himself to building a culture that focused on
positive relationships between every stakeholder.
led our district with an approachable, relational style that has made him
beloved by staff, students, parents and the community at large. Dr.
Holt’s “students first” philosophy kept us all focused on our common mission,”
stated Pam Lindamood, SMUSD’s Governing Board President.
eleven years as Superintendent, SMUSD has been recognized by Ed Trust West as
being in the top seven most successful large unified school districts in the
state in closing the achievement gap. He
has proudly overseen our schools being honored as Innovative Classroom of the
Future, Blue Ribbon Schools, Gold Ribbon Schools, California Distinguished
Schools, as well as receive Golden Bell Awards.
DeVries, San Marcos Educators Association President, remarked, “Kevin has been
the leader of this district for over a decade and San Marcos Unified has shown
tremendous progress and growth with him at the helm. Always a visionary,
Kevin has never been afraid to shoot for the stars if he thought it was in the
best interest of our students.”
leader dedicated to creating a learning environment where everyone could thrive,
Dr. Holt co-chaired the County Office of Education’s Achievement Gap Task Force
and was instrumental in bringing about the formation of The San Marcos Promise
Foundation. Through scholarships now
offered by The San Marcos Promise, SMUSD is sending a clear message to students
that, if they work hard and dream big, there will be financial support to
aspire and achieve whatever it is they choose to be.
heartfelt, holiday message to all SMUSD employees, Dr. Holt expressed his hope to
be remembered as being steadfast in his commitment to students, as well as
having ensured that being complacent was never an option. Emotional sentiments expressed after his
announcement indicated that Dr. Holt’s hopes are not in vain. His unparalleled commitment and dedication to
SMUSD students and their futures have been followed by action, and not just
Marcos Unified is grateful for Dr. Holt’s years of service, and wishes him well
in the next chapter of his life. In
discussing his retirement with district staff, Dr. Holt expressed his plans of
spending a great deal of time with his children and grandchildren.
to the Superintendent’s office, SMUSD’s Governing Board will send a message
next week to all staff regarding the next steps in hiring a new Superintendent.