Dr. Lamont Jackson will become the San Diego Unified School District permanent superintendent after serving for nearly a year on an acting basis, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education announced Monday.
jackson was confirmed on Monday to permanently fill the role he was appointed to last May, when ex-Superintendent Cindy Marten was appointed to the post of United States Assistant Secretary for Education in the Biden administration.
Jackson, a San Diego native who attended SDUSD Schools, has worked within the district in various roles over the past 30 years, including Zone 2 Superintendent, Human Resources Director and Principal of Montgomery Middle Schools, Challenger and Wangenheim.
“It is truly an honor to serve as the next superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District,” Jackson said.
Regarding his upbringing in San Diego and SDUSD schools, Jackson said, “It’s not taken lightly that I wouldn’t be here (otherwise) for the amazing educators and this amazing community.”
The position of superintendent was reduced to Jackson and Susan Enfield, who serves as superintendent of Highline Public Schools near Seattle, Washington.
SDUSD Board Member Richard Barrera said, “Now is the time when we need a community builder at the helm. And I have never seen a person who builds community as skillfully or powerfully as Dr. Lamont Jackson.
City News Service contributed to this article.