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New Ontario principal set to listen as students cope with pandemic impacts

Ken Martinez, newly named principal at Ontario High School, says he wants to help students and families negotiate the changes wrought by the pandemic years. (Ontario School District)

ONTARIO – Ken Martinez is getting ready to listen to the community as he prepares to become principal at Ontario High School.

The Ontario School District this month announced that Martinez, an instructional coach in the district, had been picked for the job after a competitive process.

He takes on the job Aug. 1, succeeding Jodi Elizondo. Elizondo is moving to a new administrative job with the district.

Martinez, 40, steps in as the school system still feels its way through adapting to changes brought by the pandemic. School officials across Oregon are working to help students catch up with learning ­– and with the socialization that stalled the . . .