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Martin files for District 5

Monroe County School Board Chairman Ron Martin will seek re-election to the District 5 seat.

Martin is the second person to announce his candidacy for the four-year position. Retired educator Dennis Caltagirone filed his papers Feb. 5.

Martin is the only current school board member with actual experience as an educator and administrator.

He was born and raised in Lexington, Ky,, and attended the University of Kentucky during the 1966-67 school year. However, he withdrew from school after he was drafted by the military in October 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. He spent a year in Vietnam, from June 1968 to June 1969, in the Fourth Infantry Division.

After being honorably discharged from the service, Martin went back to school in 1971, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in distributive education from Eastern Kentucky University.

In August 1973, Martin came to the Keys and began teaching at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier. In 1992, he became a teacher on special assignment, doing extra work as a dean of students. By 1995 he had obtained his master's in educational leadership from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, completing the work during two summer sessions.

Martin's wife, Brenda, whom he met at Coral Shores, also taught in Monroe County schools from 1973 to 2012.

Martin served as assistant principal of Coral Shores from 1995 to 2004, and as principal from 2004 to 2010. He was elected to his first term on the school board in November of 2010.

"Settling the contract issues with the United Teachers of Monroe union is foremost on my mind these days," Martin said. "But what's best for the kids has always been my guide in the decisions that I make."

Martin sees himself as one of the more optimistic members of the school board.

"Things are going in the right direction in this school district," he said. "My hope is to continue in this direction for the next four years."

Martin is a former member of the Upper Keys Rotary Club. He also served as a volunteer coach for his son's Little League soccer and baseball teams in the mid to late 1980's.

tschmida@keysnews.com

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