Dr. Marion Martinez becomes the superintendent of the Binghamton City School District in about a month and half. And the new leader is getting ready to take over the job. She visited Binghamton Wednesday to meet with faculty and staff. Our Melissa Kakareka has more on her plans for the school district.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Students, parents and faculty in the Binghamton City School District will soon be getting to know Dr. Marion Martinez a lot better. Martinez becomes the district's new superintendent on January 2nd when Dr. Peggy Wozniak retires.
"I am very, very impressed with Binghamton City Schools. I immediately felt a warm climate in the system," said Martinez.
Martinez formerly worked as an Associate Commissioner at Connecticut's State Department of Education. Prior to that, she was a Superintendent at East Hartford Public Schools. She says her first order of business in Binghamton will be researching the needs of the district.
"My intent is to begin implementing an entry plan, meeting with people individually and small groups across the entire district to gain their perspective on what currently exists and how I can support and facilitate that and move the district forward," said Martinez.
The new Superintendent says she knows one the biggest challenges facing the district is how to increase graduation rates. And she plans to continue working with FEMA on the replacement of the flooded MacArthur Elementary School.
Members of the Binghamton Board of Education also plan to help her with the transition.
"I'm going to try and introduce her to people that I know, help her make connections, both with people who are influential and regular people who have kids in the district," said Binghamton Board of Education President Maura Kammerman.
Efforts that Martinez hopes will help the Binghamton City School District provide the best education possible for its students.