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SBE Names Trustee to Lead Greenfield Union

State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
State Board of Education seal
CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1430 N Street, Suite 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0827
Fax: 916-319-0175

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2010

Contact:
Regina Wilson
916-319-0693
rwilson@cde.ca.gov

State Board of Education Names Trustee to Lead Greenfield Union Elementary School District

SACRAMENTO -- The State Board of Education voted today to appoint Norma Martinez to serve as the state appointed trustee with stay and rescind authority for the Greenfield Union Elementary School District pursuant to Education Code Section 52055.57 (c) (3).

The trustee will have the responsibility to determine appropriate actions aimed at increasing student achievement. She will assist and oversee the local board and superintendent's plan to improve student achievement.

"After an extensive search, I am confident we have found the right person to fill this role," said Ted Mitchell, State Board President. "Ms. Martinez has over 36 years of experience, she has served as a director of bilingual education as well as superintendent of Alum Rock Elementary School District. She is the ideal person for this position. The board is confident she will maintain her focus on student achievement and ensure the district has the tools and the foundation it needs to continue raising student achievement when the trustee leaves the district."

Ms. Martinez has an extensive academic background. She has spent more than 36 years as an educator in numerous capacities, including the start of her career as an elementary classroom teacher and held various positions including principal and director of bilingual education/state & federal projects. She worked as a migrant resource teacher grades K-12, and served as a coordinator for the California Mini-Corps program where she recruited and trained former migrant students to enter the teaching profession. Prior to retirement she spent the last nine years as assistant superintendent of Instruction & Educational Services, Deputy Superintendent and retired one year ago from her role as superintendent of Alum Rock Elementary School District in San Jose.

"I am proud, excited, full of energy, and I am looking forward to working with the board and administration of Greenfield Union Elementary School District as well as the entire community, to share my experiences in working in the area of school improvement to help the district attain high student achievement,” said Martinez.

Ms. Martinez will work with California Department of Education and
State Board of Education staff to quickly finalize the memorandum of understanding, which will include her salary and a start date.

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