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School Board to Interview Finalists for Appointed Superintendency

In November 2018, Martin County voters passed a referendum granting the Martin County School Board the authority to appoint the Superintendent of Schools. Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord's second term as the elected Superintendent will expire in November 2020. The School Board is currently working with the Florida School Boards Association to conduct a search for an appointed Superintendent of Schools.


Earlier this year, the School Board held community forums to allow citizens to provide feedback about qualities they felt the appointed Superintendent should possess, as well as what his/her leadership priorities should be. Members of the community and District employees were also invited to provide their feedback via two input surveys. The School Board used results from the community forums and input surveys to develop the job description and list of qualities for the appointed Superintendent. The Board continued to promote civic engagement by selecting members of the community to serve on a Citizens Advisory Committee as part of the search process.


During its Special meeting held September 2, 2020, the School Board selected candidates from its list of semifinalists to move forward in the hiring process. The finalists will be interviewed collectively and individually by Board Members on September 16 and 17, 2020. Each candidate will also participate in a Q&A session, answering questions submitted by members of the community.  


The four finalists are:


  • Dr. John D. Millay, recently retired Superintendent - Meade County School District (Kentucky)


  • Dr. Lori M. Romano, current Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education Programs - Pasco County School District




 *Candidate Thomas Phelps withdrew from the search process on September 10, 2020. 


Candidate interviews will begin at 8:30 a.m. on September 16, 2020.  Please click here to access the livestream.  


The candidate Q&A featuring questions from members of the community will begin at 6 p.m. on September 16, 2020.  Please click here to access the livestream. 


The approved hiring timeline has a new Superintendent of Schools being named by September 22, 2020, and beginning their employment with the District on November 17, 2020.


To learn more about the Superintendent Search process, please click here.