Incoming Binghamton Superintendent Visits

By Kelly McCarthy

November 14, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City School District is welcoming its first new superintendent in nearly a decade.

The new hire is in town to to meet with faculty and staff.

Dr. Marion Martinez will replace Peg Wozniak as Superintendent in January.

Martinez met with some faculty and staff to discuss her upcoming entry plan.

On the agenda is increasing graduation rates in a district recently identified as a "focus district."

Which means some students failed to meet state requirements and do not show improvement.

But says it's too early to get into details and is just beginning her relationship with the district.

"I'm not looking at dramatic change, I'm seeing my role as superintendent as facilitator and supporter, and in this day and age of limited resources looking at what resources are available," said Martinez.

"We have a great feeling about Marion. She was highly recommended and all of our stakeholders, she just rose above everyone and we had some great candidates so we are just thrilled that she agreed to come here," said Maura Kammerman, President of the Binghamton City School Board.

"Along with the initiatives here in Binghamton, your focus in on educator evaluation, student achievement, and the data team process. All of which I'm very familiar with," said Martinez.

The data team process allows teachers to change how instructions are given to students depending on a need basis and performance.

The first item on her agenda is to continue to meet with faculty, students, and the community.

There was a staff reception to meet Dr. Martinez from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

A community open house is being scheduled for early next year.

Her first day on the job will be January 2nd, 2013.

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