Frontier Regional Principal Martha Barrett leading candidate for superintendent’s job
DEERFIELD — It looks like Frontier Regional School Principal Martha Barrett has the inside track for the superintendent’s job in southern Franklin County.
She will be the only finalist to be interviewed for the job overseeing the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts.
Barrett’s interview is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Frontier Regional School media center. The interview is open to the public. After the interview, the Frontier Regional School Committee and the four representatives from the Union #38 School Committees will decide on whether to hire Barrett.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and excited and looking forward to Tuesday,” said Barrett.
If selected, Barrett would succeed Superintendent Regina Nash, who announced she would retire on June 30 after 12 years.
Barrett has served in the district for 15 years. Since July 2002, she has worked as the principal at Frontier Regional School, leading education for about 700 students. Before that, she was the Sunderland Elementary School principal for three years. She also led the Newton School in Greenfield for five years.
“I have wide experience in this district,” Barrett said. “I love this district. My children went to school here. I feel a deep sense of loyalty.”
Barrett sought the job as the next step in her career. “I really enjoyed the impact I’ve had here. I want to have more of an impact at the district level,” Barrett said.
If Barrett is given the job, she would determine the process to hire her replacement at Frontier, said Kenneth Cuddeback of the Deerfield School Committee and search committee.
The search committee conducted an internal searrch for candidates in February. Of five qualified administrators in the district, Barrett was the only one to apply.
Job qualifications include five to 10 years of experience in educational administration and a state certification as a superintendent.