Dr. Joshua Martin, lone finalist to become the new superintendent for the Bangs Independent School District was officially hired during a special meeting of the board of trustees March 27. Martin was named as the lone finalist for the position in early March.

Bangs ISD will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ at a later date in order to give the community an opportunity to welcome Martin and his family to Bangs.

Martin’s projected start date is April 16. Due to COVID-19, Bangs officials are consulting with local and state health departments to ensure appropriate safety guidelines are followed during Martin’s move from Collin County.

“It’s a great day to be a Dragon,” Martin said. “I cannot express how excited and grateful I am for this opportunity, and how much I am looking forward to working with the students, families and staff of Bangs ISD.”

Martin was most recently the chief academic officer for Farmersville ISD and also served as the district’s Director of Special Programs and Assessment and principal of Farmersville Junior High.

Martin earned his Bachelor of Science in 2002 from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education from UNT in 2008 and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2011.

Board president Eric Lykins said the superintendent search was a lengthy process. “We began searching last fall,” Lykins said. “The board worked hard to develop our vision for the new superintendent to lead Bangs ISD into a new decade.”

Lykins also discussed gratitude for the board of trustees. “I want to compliment and thank everyone for countless hours of work, long weekends and lots of prayer to guide us through this process. We entered 2020 with a clear vision and direction for our prospective superintendent. Dr. Martin’s enthusiasm, excitement and passion for education is captivating. We believe he and his family will be a true asset and blessing to the entire Bangs community.”

Martin is replacing Tony Truelove, who announced his retirement last October.