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In light of Superintendent Nancy Golden's announcement that she will be retiring at the end of this school year, the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education is embarking on a search for a new superintendent and we will keep you informed on this page.
 

Board Officially Adopts Superintendent Contract for Dr. Hertica Y. Martin – NEW!
 
May 13 – On Monday, May 13, the school board called a special board meeting at 10:00 a.m. where it unanimously voted to adopt a contract with Dr. Hertica Y. Martin to fill the position of superintendent. 
 
After the board's vote, Dr. Martin received a standing ovation from the school board, staff and community leaders who attended the meeting. She spent the remainder of the day meeting meeting with principals, staff and district administrators before attending the district's Teacher of the Year celebration.
 
Dr. Martin will begin her role as superintendent on July 1, 2013.
 
 
Board to Adopt Contract Terms on May 13

May 10 – The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education and Dr. Hertica Y. Martin have agreed to contract terms that the school board will formally adopt during a special board meeting on Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. (525 Mill Street).

After the special board meeting, which is open to the public, Dr. Martin will spend the remainder of the day visiting with district staff, including an all-staff open house at the end of the school day. Dr. Martin will also attend the evening's Teacher of the Year celebration (6:00 p.m.) and the regularly scheduled board meeting (7:00 p.m.).
 

Letter of Commitment Submitted by Dr. Hertica Y. Martin
 
April 29 – During Monday evening's special board meeting, Board Chair Jonathan Light shared a letter of commitment submitted by Dr. Martin. The letter outlines her intent to accept the position of superintendent, pending contract negotiations.
 
 

 
School Board Offers Superintendent Position to Dr. Hertica Y. Martin
 

April 29 – The school board has extended an offer to Dr. Hertica Y. Martin to fill the position of superintendent beginning July 1, 2013.

Dr. Martin is currently working with the school board to negotiate contract terms. When asked about the possibility of coming to Springfield, she responded: 
 
"I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a great school system to serve as the new superintendent! I am very excited to become part of this community and to continue the educational traditions of our schools. As the new superintendent, you can count on me to dedicate my time and effort to the continued improvement of education in our community.
 
I believe that we can have a world-class school system with a culture that values excellence and student-centered decision-making. I further believe that serving the students of this community is a sacred trust that demands our best efforts. The work before us is a collective effort and together we can accomplish great things for the children and youth of the Springfield community."
 
Jonathan Light, school board chair, is thrilled that Dr. Martin is reviewing the board's offer. "The board is very excited that Dr. Martin is interested in becoming Springfield's next superintendent. We were very impressed with the tremendous skill set she possesses and the talents that she will bring are a great fit with our schools and community. She has a strong background in education and leadership and she truly cares about children – that has come through loud and clear during the time we've spent with her and from her colleagues in other communities."
 
The school board's next steps include completing the contract negotiations and officially approving the contract terms during an upcoming public board meeting (date to be determined). The board also hopes to arrange for Dr. Martin to visit the district before the end of the school year to meet staff and community members.
 
 

 School Board Plans to Visit Districts Where Dr. Martin Has Worked Updated
 
April 26 – The trip to Central Kitsap School District was cancelled due to the inability of Central Kitsap leadership and staff to meet with Springfield's representatives this week. Board members had previously been able to make contact with representatives of Central Kitsap during telephone reference checks.  
 
April 18 – Next week three members of the school board, along with four administrators, will split up into two groups to visit Dr. Martin's current school district (Rochester Public Schools, Rochester, Minn.) and Central Kitsap School District (Washington), where she was an administrator for several years.
 
These visits will allow board members to speak with current and former colleagues of Dr. Martin and develop a sense of her leadership style and capabilities in the field. "We're excited about the possibilities that Dr. Martin offers; however, the board is taking its duty to select the best possible superintendent for Springfield very seriously. We won't make a decision until we've spent time really getting to know this candidate and are absolutely confident that she can take our district to the next level," said Jonathan Light, school board chair.

The board decided to move ahead with district visits after Dr. Martin spent Monday and Tuesday this week in Springfield meeting with the board and several small groups of staff and community members during a second round of interviews. Board member Al King and administrators David Collins (Director of K–8 Instruction) and Brett Yancey (Director of Business Operations) will travel to Rochester. Board members Jonathan Light and Laurie Adams and administrators Matt Coleman (Assistant Superintendent) and Dawn Strong (Director of Human Resources) will travel to Central Kitsap.
 
After the district visits, the school board will meet during executive session on Monday, April 29, to discuss next steps.
 

School Board Invites Candidate for Superintendent for Second Interview

Photo of Dr. Hertica Martin, candidate for superintendent. April 12 – The school board has narrowed the field of candidates for its ongoing superintendent search. The candidate currently being considered for the superintendent position is Dr. Hertica Y. Martin, who has served as both executive director for elementary (current) and secondary education in Rochester Public Schools (Rochester, Minnesota), which has approximately 16,300 students. Dr. Martin will return to the district for a second round of interviews with the school board, staff, and community groups on April 15–16.

Starting with a field of 10 candidates, the board and a 27-member screening committee of administrators, staff, students and community members thoroughly reviewed the applications. Several candidates were invited for personal interviews, which were observed by some members of the screening committee. After the initial round of personal interviews, the board selected one of the candidates, Dr. Martin, for further consideration and reference checking.

Although slightly behind the original search timeline adopted in January, the school board remains committed to finding the a superintendent who will continue to lead Springfield Public Schools toward its vision of “Every Student a Graduate Prepared for a Bright and Successful Future.”

After this second round of interviews, the board will meet in executive session to discuss the next steps in the superintendent search process. To see an updated timeline, please click here.

About Dr. Martin: Dr. Martin earned her doctorate in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She has a master of arts in education, curriculum and instruction/special education from Seattle University, as well as a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of the Virgin Islands. She was one of four recipients of the national Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Leadership in Education in 1996.

Dr. Martin is currently the executive director for elementary education in Rochester Public Schools in Rochester, Minnesota. She also has roots in the Pacific Northwest, serving as the executive director for teaching and learning for the Central Kitsap School District in Silverdale, Washington – a district of almost 11,000 students. Before working at Central Kitsap, she was the director of professional and organizational development and the director of curriculum development and implementation for Tacoma Public Schools, which has 32,000 students. Before becoming a central office administrator, she was a building principal and both a regular and special education teacher.

A resident of Olympia, Washington, Dr. Martin enjoys traveling, music and reading. She is the proud mother of one daughter, Akemi Martin, who is a nurse in San Diego, and she is married to Samuel S.F. Martin.

 

School Board Schedules Superintendent Interviews

On March 11, 2013, the school board and application screening committee met during an executive session (non-public) of the board. The group discussed the applications it had reviewed last week and the board came to a decision on which applicants to interview.
 
Interviews are currently being scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013. The school board will conduct the interviews in executive session (non-public) and some members of the application screening committee, representing various stakeholder groups, will observe the interviews.
 
At this point in the process, the board cannot release applicant names in order to maintain applicant privacy.
 

 
Superintendent Applications Screened
 
The window to submit applications for the superintendent position closed on February 28. On Wednesday, March 6, the screening committee attended a special board meeting to receive training on how to screen the applications. Each committee member was required to sign a confidentiality agreement (click here to see the agreement).
 
After the training, the school board entered into executive session (non-public) and board members and screeners began reviewing applications. All applications must be reviewed by Saturday, March 9.
 
On March 11, the school board will continue the executive session (non-public) after its regular board meeting and use the screening committee's notes to determine which applicants to interview. In order to maintain the privacy of applicants, the board cannot release their names at this point in the process. Once the board has conducted the first round of interviews and further narrowed the field of applicants (in late March or early April), those final candidates will be identified publicly.
 
 
Members Chosen for the Application Screening Committee
 
On January 28, the board appointed 23 staff, students and community members to serve on the superintendent application screening committee. Committee members will meet on the evening of March 6 (time not yet determined) to receive training and then each member will have the opportunity to review each application between March 6 and March 9. After screening, the board will determine which candidates to interview. 
 
For a full list of the committee members, click here.
 

Results of the Online Survey and Focus Groups
 
During the week of January 21, fourteen community and staff focus groups were held, along with an online survey, to help determine the qualities and qualifications of our next superintendent. In total, more than 600 staff, parents, students and community members participated and provided feedback to the board.
 
The focus group and survey results were compiled into one report that was shared with the board during the January 28 board meeting. Click here to view a copy of the report.
 

Salary Range Adopted
 
On January 14, after officially declaring the superintendent position vacant after June 30, 2013, the school board adopted the salary range that will be used in all superintendent position postings. The salary range identified is $130,000 – $145,000 annually.
 

 
Search Timeline Adopted
 
On January 7, the school board adopted the timeline for the superintendent search. It includes meeting dates and the deadlines for applications, application reviews, interviews and superintendent selection. Please note that some dates may change as the process continues. The timeline page will be updated regularly to reflect any changes.