La Crescent-Hokah selects Eric Martinez as next superintendent

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La Crescent-Hokah School Superintendent Eric Martinez

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) — La Crescent-Hokah School Board has selected Eric Martinez as its next superintendent.

Martinez will start July 1 and replace Kevin Cardille, who will retire at the end of June.

“We were pleased to work with the Minnesota School Board Association’s Superintendent Search Program, utilizing their expertise in recruitment that ultimately attracted 15 qualified candidates. Using input from staff, administration, and community members to guide our decision making, the Board interviewed five candidates and then narrowed the field to two candidates. Mr. Eric Martinez emerged as the bestfit for our district,” said Board Chair Eric Morken.

Martinez has previously been a high school social studies teacher, assistant high school principal and principle for the fourth through 12th grade school at Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Community Schools from 2012 to present.

“I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to grow with the La Crescent-Hokah Lancers. Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are very important to me, and I am excited to learn about all of the opportunities for growth in the La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools. I look forward to serving in such a great community,” Martinez said.

Morken said, “There were several quotes from Mr. Martinez’s interviews that stood out to me. They included, ‘People don’t perform well if they do not feel safe,’ ‘We need the best version of you,’ and ‘How can we work together to get staff and students where we need and want them to be?’”