SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Public Schools is closer to filling the shoes of retiring Superintendent Nancy Golden.
Board members made an official offer to Dr. Hertica Martin, which they’re about to formally announce at a special meeting Monday night.
It was called specifically to announce the offer to Dr. Martin a candidate board members feel is fit to serve the students and community of Springfield at the level they expect.
Dr. Martin is an award-winning administrator with more than 30 years of experience in education. She’s currently the Executive Director of Elementary Education at Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota, just one of the places the Springfield Public School Board checked with during this evaluation process.
“They’ve had the chance to sit down with her twice now. They’ve done extensive reference checks at her previous districts, and they even made a trip to her current district in Rochester, Minnesota,” said Devon Ashbridge, Springfield Schools spokeswoman.
Board members say the job offer is the result of all they’ve learned about Dr. Martin during these evaluations. They discovered that her extensive background both in the classroom and as an administrator make her a perfect fit for Springfield.
“Most importantly she has the same values that we have in this community, and that’s serving every child, and making every child successful. We have no doubt that she can come in and work with our staff, work with our community, and work with our board to continue to improve our student achievement,” Ashbridge said.
Springfield Schools have been climbing in achievement and making other improvements over the past few years, all under the leadership of Golden. So if Dr. Martin does move into the office, there will be big shoes to fill and expectations to uphold, but the board believes she can handle it.
“The board is confident that Dr. Martin can come in and take what we’re doing, and take it to the next level, and really move those initiatives, and help us to continue to improve our student success,” Ashbridge said.
The board is still working out contract negotiations with Dr. Martin, so nothing is official yet. But members said she’s very excited, and they hope to have this voted on and finalized sooner rather than later.