2009 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree

Dr. Richard S. Marsh

Dr. Richard S. Marsh

Bethpage Public Schools

What superintendent can boast a 99.5 percent graduation rate, with 98 percent of students receiving Regents diplomas? That distinction goes to Dr. Richard S. Marsh, who measures his decisions by their potential to help students succeed.

Many in Bethpage credit Marsh with shaping a good school district into a great one. During his tenure as assistant superintendent for instruction, and then superintendent of schools, Bethpage earned national recognition for its exemplary academic, athletic, arts and technological programs.

As a member of the executive board of Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, Marsh advocates building partnerships that will benefit students and the school community. He acquired hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, payments in lieu of taxes and contributions to the district by partnering with corporations and elected officials, and secured student internships with companies such as Northrop Grumman.

Through his work as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, C.W. Post and Adelphi University, Marsh also shared his expertise with the next generation of school administrators.

A renowned expert in student “detracking,” Marsh published research in Phi Delta Kappan and other professional journals and textbooks. Throughout the state, he has served as a consultant to school districts moving to eliminate student tracking. He also presented this topic nationally for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

In nearly 40 years in public education in Nassau County, Marsh has been a middle school teacher, high school department chairperson and elementary school principal.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University, professional diplomas from St. John’s and Hofstra universities and a doctorate from Hofstra. Of these five degrees, four are in specialty areas of educational supervision, administration and policy. Marsh lives in East Meadow with his wife, Gail, and two sons, Michael and Steven.