Raytown Announces New Superintendent for 2022-23 School Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox has been chosen as the next superintendent of the Raytown C-2 School District.

the district made the announcement Saturday.

Martin-Knox will replace Dr. Allan Markley for the 2022-23 school year. Markley announced in August that he is going to retire after serving as superintendent for 13 years after that school year.

Martin-Knox is currently superintendent of the Sumter School District in South Carolina, which has approximately 15,000 students.

“Being part of the Raytown Quality School District is truly exciting,” Martin-Knox said in a statement. “I am ready to partner with staff, parents and the community to create endless opportunities for our children! We are Raytown and we are #Unstoppable.

Raytown schools have nearly 8,000 students in 20 schools in the district, according to school year 2020-21 data.

She will assume her new role on July 1.

“We are delighted with the selection of Dr. Martin-Knox and look forward to a long and exceptional partnership,” Raytown School Board Chairman Alonzo Burton said in a statement. “The Board wishes to thank Dr. Markley for his leadership, and we are confident that he will be of great assistance to our new Superintendent throughout the transition process to make it smooth and move us forward at the same time. ”

Prior to her time in South Carolina, Martin-Knox served as a Baltimore County Public Schools Administrator in various capacities. Previously, she also worked as a music, performing arts and reading teacher during a 29-year teaching career.

Martin-Knox was selected after a national search for Markley’s replacement.

“The school board is grateful to community and district stakeholders who provided feedback through surveys and focus groups during the superintendent selection process,” said the school board vice chair. of Raytown, Ms. Beth Plank, in a statement. “The Board is confident that the strength and experience of our current administrative team will be a wonderful support for Dr. Martin-Knox as we welcome him to the District.”

Martin-Knox’s husband, Eric, is a sergeant with the Baltimore County Police Department. The couple have two sons, Patrick and Sean.

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