New public school superintendent hired at Ketchikan

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An assistant superintendent with the Bering Strait School District at Unalakleet has been hired as the new superintendent here.

The Ketchikan School Board offered a two-year contract to Harry Martin over the weekend. Martin said he plans to sign the $95,000-per-year offer sheet within the week.

The contract includes an option for a one-year extension, Board Member Susan Pickrell said. Martin also will be reimbursed for moving expenses up to $6,000, she said.

Martin is scheduled to begin his new job July 1, succeeding John Thomas.

The 48-year-old Martin won the Ketchikan job over two other candidates who were interviewed by the school board Friday. They included Annette Island School District Superintendent Bob Pratt and Ketchikan White Cliff Elementary School Principal Larry Eklund. Thirteen people had applied.

Martin said Friday that he has been to Ketchikan several times before, and always had been impressed by the quaintness of the community. He said Ketchikan reminds him of a California beach town, minus the surfers.

Martin said he also appreciates Ketchikan's apparent commitment to the arts.

Martin has held a number of administrative jobs with the Bering Strait School District over the past 16 years.

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