New superintendent takes reins in Yadkin

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

October 3, 2013

Yadkin’s new school superintendent is officially on the job following his swearing in Monday night.

Dr. Todd Martin was sworn in by the Yadkin County Board of Education in a special ceremony. The oath was given in the board’s monthly meeting for October, but was held Sept. 30 so Martin could begin his term Oct. 1.

Martin’s father was in attendance and was welcomed by Clerk of Court Wayne Dixon to hold the Bible while Dr. Martin raised his right hand.

The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. prior to the closed session portion of the meeting. Martin took his seat with the board briefly before they moved into closed session.

The board followed the brief closed session with the month’s normal agenda.

Martin took Dr. Stewart Hobb’s position following his resignation. Sept. 9 was Hobb’s last attended board meeting, the same in which Martin was announced as his successor.

Hobbs and Martin were colleagues in Stokes County before Hobbs made the move to Yadkin. Promoting Martin to assistant superintendent was one of Hobbs’ last official acts there.

Hobbs told the board Sept. 9, “You have chosen an outstanding man and a great family.” He welcomed Martin and wished him an enjoyable time during his term at YCS.

That term began Oct. 1 and will run through June 30, 2017.

Martin said he had already visited all the schools in Yadkin and met with all but one principal.

Martin 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.

He, his wife, and their children will live in and attend Yadkin County Schools as part of the new position.

“I will not let these people down,” Martin said during the Sept. 9 meeting. “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.”

Each board meeting ends with the superintendent, board members and the chairman of the board making comments.

“I appreciate the opportunity this Board of Education has given me,” Martin said during his first closing comments period Sept. 30. “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting out and visiting the schools and meeting everybody, and I look to continue that through October. We thank you for this opportunity and we look forward to working with you all and becoming members of this fine community.”

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