Incoming super to speak at work session Thursday

Jacque Martin


MILL HALL — The public will have an opportunity hear what Keystone Central School District’s incoming superintendent, Jacque Martin, has to say this week.

The district announced in a news release late Monday that Martin will give a community presentation at the Keystone Central school board work session Thursday, Jan. 10. The session begins at 6 p.m. at Central Mountain High School auditorium.

According to the release, Martin’s presentation will be a brief overview of her background, why KCSD and her entry plan for transitioning into her new role.

The community is encouraged to attend the presentation.

Martin is now the Director of Curriculum for State College Area School District, a position she has held for six years. She holds a Master’s of Art in Education and is a candidate in Doctor of Education in Education Administration Leadership.

Following the announcement that Martin had been selected to fill the role of superintendent, she released a statement via e-mail.

“I am truly honored to have this opportunity in a community that I consider my home,” Martin said via e-mail. “I am anxious to work collaboratively with everyone in the school and community. Together, we will be responsible for quality schools that are focused on every child every day.”

Martin’s selection came after a thorough search, said outgoing superintendent Dr. Alan Lonoconus.

The school board will consider and act upon the appointment of Martin as superintendent at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at Central Mountain High School Auditorium.

Also at this Thursday’s work session, there will be board recognition.

Every January, the board takes time to celebrate and recognize the challenging and vital work they do on behalf of students, families and community. School directors volunteer an average of 10 hours each month to do board work, which includes adopting policy, voting on budgets, approving curriculum changes, choosing textbooks and reviewing hiring decisions to name a few. They take time to learn about the issues affecting public education and to seek innovative solutions. As unpaid, locally elected officials, school directors are invested in their communities. They are neighbors, friends, local leaders, parents and engaged senior citizens.

The board asks that during this month of recognition, the public takes a moment and show your gratitude for school directors’ time dedication and year-round effort. The job they do is necessary to ensure that schools remain a pathway to a promising future.