30 incredible years of serving the schools
As an unprecedented conclusion to a school year winds down, Crook County Schools will also have some very large shoes to fill, as Executive Assistant to CCSD Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson, Jan Martin retires.
Martin always has a welcoming smile for anyone she meets, and she is also famous for her beautiful roses from her husband Bob's rose garden that she shares with office staff throughout the summer months.
Martin has been training her replacement, Morgan Patrick, who will officially take over the sole position as Executive Assistant to the superintendent and school board July 1, 2020.
Martin worked at the Sisters School District before she worked at Crook County Schools.
"I have worked with superintendents, school boards, and human resources for thirty years," said Martin.
She held the same position in Sisters School District that she has held at CCSD, which included HR manager and executive assistant to the superintendent and school board. She worked in both positions for 15 years each. The position of HR manager for CCSD was lifted when Sean Corrigan was hired as HR director for the district in January 2017.
"In Crook County, I have worked for six superintendents—either interim superintendents or permanent superintendents, and I have worked with 15 school board members," she added. She explained that in CCSD, there has not been as much change in board members. The current five Board members have served for the last six years.
"Crook County has done an excellent job in educating students-especially during the COVID-19. I am really proud of the staff that we have," Martin pointed out. "We have all persevered through all of this, and I think we are going to come out on the topside."
She added that she has also worked with school board policies in those thirty years. During the past year, they have done a complete rehaul of their school district policy book—with the partnership of the local school board and the Oregon School Boards Association.
"We are updating all of our policies and getting them in order, because some of them were pretty old and hadn't been changed," clarified Martin. This has been a big job, and she said the task will be done by fall 2020.
"It's time for me to pass my job on to someone else, someone younger and more technology savvy," she said. She added that her replacement, Morgan Patrick, is doing a fabulous job.
"In my 30 years working for two school districts my final year has certainly been the most unusual and most stressful with COVID-19 and social distancing," reflected Martin. "This was not the way I wanted to spend my last year in a full-time position with the school district. However, I am really proud of our administrative staff who have done an outstanding job in taking care of our staff and students in the best possible way. I am proud to say I am a member of CCSD."
In her tenure at CCSD, Martin has not only seen changes in superintendents and board members, but her job touches many of the inner workings of the district office, as well as other departments throughout the district.
"In my 15 years with Crook County School District as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board, and Human Resource Manager for several of those years, I have managed to survive the comings and goings of staff, without completely losing my mind."
Throughout her tenure at CCSD, Martin has seen a fair amount of change in staff in the district. Included in these changes include four human resource directors, four business and finance directors, two curriculum directors, two special education directors and two special education office specialists, six receptionists in the district office, five HR specialists, four payroll specialists and two account technicians, three staff accountants, two communication specialists, two facilities directors, three technology directors, five transportation supervisors, 16 assistant principals and 16 principals.
"I will miss the day-to-day contact with district office staff and building staff, and monthly contact with the School Board," indicated Martin. "However, I am looking forward to sleeping in, to some peace and quiet, cleaning and re-organizing the house, and spending more time with my family, especially my two grandsons."
She will be working part-time to assist in the HR Dept this summer and in the coming school year. She is thankful to have a chance to ease into retirement.
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