Director of pupil services moves to New London
By Angie Landsverk
Kandi Martin is resigning from the Weyauwega-Fremont School District to take a position with the New London School District.
The W-F School Board met in closed session on May 20, to discuss her resignation as the district’s director of pupil services and curriculum.
The board then returned to open session and approved her resignation.
Martin becomes New London’s new director of pupil services on July 1.
The New London School Board approved hiring her for the position when it met on May 13.
“I am excited to begin a new journey in my hometown. I graduated from New London Senior High in 1991,” she said. “My own children attend the New London School District, and I am eager to give back to the community that raised me.”
She acknowledged the years she worked in W-F’s district.
“I have tremendous gratitude to the community of Weyauwega-Fremont for allowing me to be part of the students’ lives and education for the past nine years,” Martin said.
She said her “fondest memories are of all of the wonderful students, families and staff that have allowed me the opportunity to work with them and be part of their education.”
Martin said she is grateful to the W-F School Board “for trusting me to guide and and oversee both the pupil services’ area, as well as curriculum/instruction for the school district.”
District Administrator Scott Bleck said, “Kandi has been a tremendous asset to the School District of Weyauwega-Fremont and our school community over the past nine years, leading our special education/pupil services and curriculum programming. As a district, we sincerely thank Kandi for her service to the School District of Weyauwega-Fremont and wish her well in the future.”
The New London School Board on May 13 approved her hire at a starting salary of $104,750. She will begin July 1.
Martin will replace Laurie Schmidt, who accepted a job as the director of student services in the Waupaca School District. Schmidt worked as New London’s pupil services director since 2013.
The pupil services director oversees special education and services including nursing, school counseling, speech and language, and alternative education.
Martin began her career in the Waupaca School District in 1997 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
She was a career specialist for one year and then an English teacher at Waupaca High School from 1998 to 2005.
During that time, she received a master’s degree in counseling from Lakeland College in 2004.
In 2005, Martin became a counselor at Neenah High School, holding that position until she was hired in her current role in the W-F District in 2010.
While working in Neenah, Martin received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Marian University in 2008.