SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield School District named its new superintendent at a special meeting Monday morning.
Dr. Hertica Martin will take over for the retiring Dr. Nancy Golden.
Dr. Martin has worked in almost every facet of education from being a classroom teacher, working her way through the ranks to administration. She comes to Springfield from Rochester, Minnesota where she most recently worked as the Executive Director of Elementary Education. She says she’s more than ready to take that next step in Springfield.
A standing ovation greeted Dr. Martin as board members, district staff, and rows of people gathered to officially welcome her to Springfield.
“Thank you! And I have to say this is the warmest welcome I’ve ever received in any of my school districts,” Dr. Martin said.
The school board’s months of searching for Springfield’s new superintendent was finally over after it voted to approve doctor martin’s rolling three-year contract and her $137,000 salary. But they were also celebrating the challenging accomplishment of naming the district’s new leader.
“What we heard time and again from district staff and district leadership was that we don’t want to backslide,” said Jonathan Light, Springfield School Board Chair.
Light says that pressure was lifted, though, when they discovered Dr. Martin.
“We wanted someone equal to, maybe a slightly different skill set, someone who could look at something a little different, and so we felt that dr. martin really filled that classification. so, as we moved along, we really realized that we were dealing with a major leaguer,” Light said.
Dr. Martin says she came into this knowing Springfield was a great district, but her challenge is to make it better by working on a tight budget, with high expectations and traditions to uphold.
“As a superintendent, you have to look at the big picture, you have to look at what our priorities are, and then prioritize what those needs are in terms of students and students needs,” Dr. Martin said.
She says at the top of that priority list is continuing to improve student achievement and continuing the progress the district’s already making.
Over the next month Dr. Martin will work with Nancy Golden as she transitions into retirement. Martin says she’s looking forward to having Golden as a mentor.