NEW: MARION NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The superintendent/PreK-12 principal from the Rutland School District will be coming to Marion.
Meeting in regular session Monday night, Jan. 9, the Marion School Board voted to offer the position of superintendent to Brian Brosnahan. The action came on a 6-0 vote and Brosnahan has accepted the offer.
He was one of five candidates interviewed for the position last Wednesday, Jan. 4 and will begin his duties in Marion on July 1.
Scott Tieszen, president of the Marion School Board, couldn’t be happier with the hire.
“We feel very good,” he said. “Brian was very enthusiastic, seemed to share a lot of the same directions and goals we are moving forward with, and comes from a school district that’s similar in size to ours.”
Tieszen noted that the Marion School Board worked closely with Tom Oster in the hiring process and that the pool of candidates from which to choose was strong.
“Tom said that, for a school district our size to have the choices we had, was amazing — that that doesn’t happen,” he said. “It was a good process.”
Brosnahan (pronounced BRAHZ-na-Han) grew up in southern Minnesota and began his career in education in Hanes City, Fla., in 2006. After returning to the Midwest he earned a degree in educational administration from South Dakota State University in 2012 and his educational specialist degree from the University of Sioux Falls in the spring of 2022.
In addition to his six years in Rutland, Brosnahan was the sixth grade math teacher and dean of students in Canton.
He and his wife of 20 years, Jennifer, have three children: Alex, 19; Emory, 16; and Gavin, 12.
“I truly love working with students and educators,” Brosnahan wrote in an email sent to Marion Interim Superintendent Brad Berens. “I believe that public education provides a wonderful opportunity for all students to achieve and excel at their highest potential … I am excited and extremely proud to be a part of (and to serve) the Marion School District!”
Tieszen shares Brosnahan’s excitement.
“We are very excited for the future,” he told The Courier.