After an extensive search and interview process, the Meade County Board of Education has selected Dr. Mark Martin to become the district’s next Superintendent, beginning July 1. Currently, Martin serves as the Director of Special Education, as well as fulfilling several other key coordinator roles. He is completing his sixth year in Meade County Schools as a district administrator. Previously, he worked in Daviess County Public Schools, where he was a special education teacher at Tamarack Elementary, coached the academic team, and coached football at Apollo High School. Martin, who was raised in Beaver Dam, says he grew up in a blue-collar family of coal miners, mechanics, and 12 educators within three generations. “Our family of educators has always had a genuine heart for serving children, and mine beats in the same manner,” said Martin. “I truly believe God placed me on this earth to influence the lives of students and impact education in a positive way.” Martin says that creating trust and transparency will be a priority for him as Superintendent. He believes this genuine culture will position students for academic success and other opportunities outside of the classroom. “I firmly believe you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with,” said Martin. “I will develop teams of individuals who love children, are people of integrity, and have high levels of leadership ability.” Martin realizes he has big shoes to fill, but he’s up for the challenge. “From 1910 to 2020, there have been 6 superintendents,” said Martin. “That shows that there is a long history of tradition and excellence here. Pressure is a privilege, and I want to be somewhere that has high expectations.” He says that he wants to market the community in a way that encourages people to live and work in the area. With the upcoming Fort Knox expansion as well as the arrival of Nucor, Martin believes that the community will see growth. “I want to work with every community partner that I can to make sure that we’re selling Meade County so we can capitalize on this growth,” said Martin. Martin praised Bill Adams, Marcus Adams, Board members and other school officials for their leadership and support during the transition. He says that he looks forward to getting to work with them for many years. His dream is to give his three children, age 9, 6 and 5, their diplomas from Meade County High School.