Jacquelyn Martin sworn in as KCSD superintendent
By CHRIS MORELLI
LOCK HAVEN — Today is the official first day on the job for new Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin.
On a frigid Thursday morning inside the Clinton County Courthouse, Martin put her signature on the final piece of the puzzle as she was sworn in as the new KCSD superintendent, taking over for the retiring Dr. Alan Lonoconus. Thursday was his last official day on the job.
She was administered the oath by Clinton County President Judge Craig P. Miller. Clinton County Judge Mike Salisbury was also in attendance.
It was then time for photos with the county judges, Lonoconus, KCSD school board president Boise “Bo” Miller and her daughter, Abby, a student at Lock Haven University.
It’s been a crazy couple of months for Martin – but now it’s time to get down to business.
“It feels great. I’m really excited to get started and to learn and listen to stakeholders inside the district and the community,” Martin said following the ceremony. “Taking the oath makes it feel real and this is a special day for me. I’m glad my daughter could join me.”
Martin was dressed to the nines and made sure to have a certain accessory on for the ceremony.
“I was feeling a little nostalgic. I made sure to wear my class ring from Sugar Valley Class of ’86 today,” she said with a laugh.
Keystone Central has been closed for the past few days due to frigid temperatures, but Martin was looking forward to getting into her new office today.
“I actually have been working in preparation for the first day. Although the schools have been closed, we’ve been actively in the building and working. I have some meetings set up with students and I’m having lunch with some student leader groups (today), Monday and Tuesday. I really hope the weather doesn’t interfere with those plans. I’m very anxious to meet with students,” Martin said.
Martin said meeting with students is at the top of her to-do list.
“It was a priority for me to get students scheduled first,” she said. “The key point of school is to focus on learning; it’s our fundamental purpose. If we’re not focused on students and having students be part of that process, we’re really missing the key point of our purpose. I’m anxious to talk to them and get some perspective from their side. Students need voice and choice in our schools.”
Martin’s first school board meeting as superintendent will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Central Mountain auditorium.