Martin Co. Superintendent Laurie Gaylord will retire after finishing her elected term

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Martin Co. Schools Superintendent Laurie Gaylord(WPEC)

by Sabrina Lolo | Monday, May 18th 2020

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord announced Monday that she will retire from the Martin County School District once she completes her second elected term in November.

“The time has come for me to step back and enjoy my family and retirement,” she said in a news release. “When I originally sought election to the position back in November 2012, my goal was to serve my community, the school district and the boys and girls of Martin County with a focus on student achievement and financial stewardship. I wanted to help ‘right the ship’ from a financial standpoint after a few tumultuous years. I have been fortunate to work with and be surrounded by a tremendous group of leaders and dedicated staff these past eight years that I have served as Superintendent. I am proud of the work we have accomplished during this time, and I have no doubt that the Martin County School District will continue to be recognized as a model educational system for many years to come.”

The Martin County School District has made many achievements during Gaylord’s two terms in office, including the school district getting an “A” or “B” rating every year for the past eight years, being named one of nine Academically High-Performing School Districts by the Florida Department of Education in 2019 and is recognized as one of just 11 school districts across the nation to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School Award for its commitment to system-wide sustainability and conservation practices.

“I felt that it was timely, honest and transparent to announce my retirement at this time for the School Board to have the opportunity to attract as many qualified candidates as possible in their search for the next superintendent,” Gaylord said.

The school district is now accepting applications from candidates interested in becoming the district’s first appointed Superintendent of Schools after citizens granted this authority to the Board in November 2018.

Click here to find out more information on the Martin County School Board’s search.