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Possible New Springfield Superintendent

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield Public Schools Board of Education will announce its offer to fill the vacant superintendent seat at Monday’s meeting.

The school board will announce its offer to Dr. Hertica Y. Martin, to fill the position of superintendent starting July 1, 2013.

Dr. Martin earned her doctorate in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University. She also received the 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, Minn.

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,” Light said. “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.”

Dr. Martin says she is thrilled about the opportunity:

“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.”

The board is expected to formally offer the position of superintendent to Dr. Martin during a special board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on April 29. The contract terms would not officially be approved until a later board meeting.

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