I would like to thank Mark Sutton for his years of service with the Selma Unified School District.
He was an advocate for the children in Selma, putting what was best for them first in his decisions. His leadership helped the district weather difficult economic times.
When other districts were laying off staff several years in a row, Mr. Sutton was able to negotiate pay cuts for all staff through positive work relations so students would not lose out with larger class sizes and less support staff. Mr. Sutton led the district in the implementation of a collaborative learning approach, improving safety for students, and the addition of literacy, math and language development coaches, who have contributed to the steady increase in student achievement.
Mr. Sutton helped to re-establish the Selma Public Education Foundation, a partnership with parents and community members, which gives grants to teachers to implement innovative ideas in the classroom.
He was visible throughout Selma, whether it was at school or athletic events, the Selma Rotary Parade and Band Festival, or a Friday night production of “Mary Poppins.” Mr. Sutton believed in the children of Selma.