Gerri Martin was named permanent superintendent of the Orange County Schools in a special called board meeting.
Martin (pronounced Mar-TEEN) currently serves as the superintendent of McDowell County Schools, where she has been since July 2012. She will join Orange County in October. A specific date is still being negotiated, along with her salary.
Martin takes over for Del Burns, who has served as interim superintendent since July when he replaced Patrick Rhodes. Rhodes retired at the end June after six years on the job.