J. David Martin is pictured in his new office in Patrick County. Martin said he is poised to guide the school division through the next few months as his firm leads the charge to find a new superintendent. (Photo by Debbie Hall)

J. David Martin says the two hats he is wearing for the Patrick County School System are interchangeable.
On July 1, Martin became the acting superintendent of Patrick County Schools. He also is president of Real Synergy LLC, the company that is leading the search for the school system’s next superintendent.
Martin, who worked for 20 years as a superintendent in five school systems in Virginia and North Carolina, is emphatic that he is not seeking the Patrick position for himself.
“I am not looking for a job,” said Martin, who lives in Henry County and formerly was school superintendent there.
But he sees advantages to holding both positions simultaneously.
“I’ve always wanted to do this because there are so many informal conversations that people are going to have with me,” such as at football games and other activities, he said. Those conversations will provide insight on what Patrick County residents want in a new…

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