Supporting San Marcos Students

San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) Superintendent Kevin Holt recently received the Fran Aleshire Award for outstanding leadership and regional involvement. The award was granted by the alumni network of Leadership North County, a California State University San Marcos program designed to cultivate leaders within the specific context of the North County community. Graduates are taught to address issues unique to the region while developing relationships within and between local cities. Participants meet monthly to study and discuss topics ranging from government and business to healthcare and education. The program has graduated about 400 local leaders over the past 20 years.

The Fran Aleshire Award, bestowed annually, recognizes a program graduate nominated by their peers for exhibiting the characteristics of great leadership. Holt received the award at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s Annual Business Luncheon. He was recognized for his special commitment to student welfare. Holt spearheaded the Just Pick One program, which encourages SMUSD educators and staff members to become mentors to students. His goal is to help close the achievement gap in San Diego County. He himself continues to mentor students through his role as superintendent and educator.

“To be recognized by my peers as someone who exhibits the spirit of Fran Aleshire is beyond rewarding,” said Holt. “I am humbled to be part of this outstanding community – a community that has strengthened my belief that, collaboratively, we can ensure equal opportunity for our students to graduate having the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.”

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