Alpena School District names Green Forest's Martin as new superintendent
ALPENA -- Andrea Martin will succeed James Trammel next school year as superintendent of the Alpena School District, officials have confirmed.
Martin, currently director of instruction and federal programs for Green Forest schools, will move into her new job on July 1, after Trammel retires. Martin's contract with the Green Forest district will expire on June 30.
The Alpena School Board voted unanimously on April 2 to award the position to Martin. Among the 16 applicants not selected was Doug Harris, director of facilities and special programs for the Berryville School District.
Alpena School Board Secretary Jeff Smith said Martin would be the first female to hold the position in Alpena. Martin holds the same distinction in Green Forest, where she served as interim superintendent from November 2011 to April 2012.
Smith, who headed the superintendent search committee, said Martin had stood out among her peers because of her experience with federal funding, curricula development, and general financial management.
The latter skill-set was especially important, Smith said, because the district had been designated as "fiscally distressed" by the state, after two years of building projects and shrinking enrollment battered school finances.
Smith said the district was on its way toward recovery, but added that the last couple of years had wearied staff and strained relationships. He said he hoped Martin's "people skills" could revive morale.
Overall, Smith said, Martin came across as one "willing to change and be progressive," which appealed to board members.
Green Forest Superintendent Matt Summers said Thursday that Martin would be missed, but that he was happy to see her advance her career.
"She is a very intelligent, hardworking young superintendent," the superintendent said. "This is a chance for her to blossom and grow."
For her part, Martin said she would miss some of the relationships she had formed, but was eager to embark on a new endeavor.
"This has been my goal, obviously," she said. "I have a passion for education leadership, and I want to be somewhere where I can feel like I'm making the most difference."
Martin said she was often confined to filling out paperwork in her office in Green Forest and looked forward to interacting more with parents, students, and staff.
"I want to be right smack dab in the middle of (it)," she said.
In her letter of resignation, submitted to Summers on Wednesday, Martin wrote, "Life's kind of like a bicycle: If you're not moving forward, you lose your balance."
"I just felt like it was time to move forward," she said.
The Green Forest School Board will formally accept Martin's resignation at their next meeting, to be held at 5 p.m. on April 15, in the Green Forest Alumni Center. Summers said the district would begin advertising for Martin's replacement thereafter.