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Frontier Regional Principal Martha Barrett named new superintendent

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The Frontier Regional School Committee and the four Union 38 school committees voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Barrett effective July 1, pending contract negotiations. She was the only finalist interviewed for the position. The search committee had decided to consider only internal candidates and Barrett was the sole applicant of the five qualified administrators in the district.

“I love this district. I’ve chosen to stay here,” said Barrett. “I would not have pursued a superintendent position in another district.”

Barrett will take on the job of overseeing the education of about 1,700 students, after 20 years in the district. She succeeds Superintendent Regina Nash, who will retire on June 30 after 12 years.

Barrett started off as a substitute teacher at Deerfield Elementary School. She eventually became principal of the Newton School in Greenfield for six years and then Sunderland Elementary School for four years. In 2002, Barrett was hired as the Frontier Regional School principal.

As superintendent Barrett said she plans to frequently visit each of the five schools to get to know students, teachers and parents. She said she also looks forward to continuing to chair the Frontier Regional National Honor Society.

“My learning curve would be small. That knowledge base is important,” Barrett said.

She said she will continue current initiatives in the district, such as technology learning and the mandatory state evaluation system.

While at her new office in Whately, Barrett said she will “try to be inclusive, take the common sense approach and make sure everyone has an opportunity to speak.”

The search committee chose to hire from within rather than doing a national search because it felt the district already had qualified administrators.

“This union and region has such a good team,” said member Kenneth Cuddeback. “(Hiring from within) says we support what they do.”

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