San Luis High principal has resigned

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 3, 2013 

— San Luis High School is looking for a new leader for the second time this year.

Principal Duke Marshall, whose first term at the continuation school started in late July, has resigned.

"My wife was offered a teaching job in Texas, but when I took this job we had pretty much resolved Texas wasn't going to happen," Marshall said.

The couple was wrong. Marshall's wife is teaching outside of Houston and he has agreed to stay in Los Banos a few more weeks to aid in the transition to his successor.

Superintendent Steve Tietjen said the district is already interviewing candidates and he expects to announce San Luis High's new principal at next month's school board meeting.

"Leadership matters, and to have a change in the school year is disruptive," Tietjen said, adding that he is grateful for Marshall's time at San Luis High and willingness to assist in the transition.

"It does help to pass the knowledge base along," Tietjen said. "Continuation has a unique role. Every term they run the schedule, they have to figure out what the kids need."

Prior to being hired at San Luis High School to replace former Principal John Lupini, Marshall served as Los Banos High's dean of students and assistant principal.

He began his career in education teaching adult school at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla during the 1990s.

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