Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michele L. Blatt has appointed veteran educator, administrator and former board member Dr. Donna Martin to the Lincoln County Board of Education (BOE) effective immediately. She will fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Jody Pistore and the county reaching an impasse on naming a replacement.

Dr. Martin is a proud graduate of Ranger Elementary and Guyan Valley High School in Lincoln County. She continued her education earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Marshall University, and a cooperative Education Doctorate Degree from Marshall University/West Virginia University. She previously served Lincoln County Schools as a teacher, elementary principal and central office administrator including assistant superintendent and interim superintendent.

Dr. Martin previously served on the Lincoln County BOE from 2008 – 2012. She has dedicated her time and energy to various community organizations and committees in furtherance of local and community improvement.

“Dr. Martin’s career reflects her vast knowledge of education policies and practices coupled with her love of children,” said Superintendent Blatt. “Her expertise will serve the board and the citizens of Lincoln County well. I am grateful for her willingness to serve and her commitment to public education.”

“Education has been a cornerstone of my professional and personal life for decades, and I do not take lightly this opportunity,” said Dr. Martin. “Superintendent Blatt has entrusted me to work on behalf of the children, families and education community of this county. I will do as I always have – give of my time, expertise and my heart for the betterment of our community. I look forward to serving the county again.”

Dr. Martin’s term will conclude June 30, 2024.

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