Yadkin welcomes new school superintendent

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

September 11, 2013

Yadkin’s Board of Education has approved and welcomed the school district’s new school superintendent.

The announcement came during the monthly Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Board Chairman Howard McKnight welcomed Dr. Todd Martin to his new post after a 6-0 vote in his favor.

Commissioner Joe Dezern abstained from the vote.

Diane Hampton was out of the state for emergency circumstances, but she left a proxy vote in Martin’s favor.

Martin is currently the assistant superintendent for Stokes County’s school system, and she will begin her new post in Yadkin Oct. 1.

He has a bachelor’s of science degree from Western Carolina University in social studies, a master’s from Appalachian State University in educational administration, and a doctorate from Gardner Webb University in educational leadership.

McKnight said Martin had a wide range of professional experience, including his work as a principal, teacher and assistant principal.

His wife and several of his children attended the meeting Monday night to be with Martin during the announcement. Martin and they will be moving to Yadkin County for his new job.

A swearing in ceremony will take place Sept. 30 at the Yadkin Board of Education building in Yadkinville. The date was supposed to be a joint session with the county commissioners, but the necessity of the Oct. 1 start for Martin was too pressing to wait.

Board members welcomed Martin in turn as the meeting concluded. Exiting Superintendent Dr. Stewart Hobbs congratulated Martin on his new position.

Hobbs told the Board, “You have chosen an outstanding man and a great family.”

Martin worked with Hobbs in Stokes County before Hobbs moved to Yadkin. One of Hobbs’ last actions in Stokes was to promote Martin to assistant superintendent.

He told Martin that he would really enjoy his time in Yadkin as Hobbs had his two years and three months in the position.

Martin thanked the board and said he was both excited and humbled by the chance to work in Yadkin County.

“Thank you all for giving me this opportunity,” Martin said. “I appreciate the confidence you have shown in me.”

Martin’s contract runs from Oct. 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

“I will not let these people down,” Martin said. “I will do everything I can to make this the best school system it can be and to build on what Dr. Hobbs … and all the rest have done here.”

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