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Martes Offered Interim Superintendent Position

Next step is contract negotiations.

The School Committee has chosen Dr. Christopher Martes as the interim superintendent for Norton Public Schools.

“I think the field of candidates was excellent,” said Committee member Beth McManus. “To me Martes rises to the top.”

The Easton resident retired last year as superintendent for Foxborough Public Schools. Previously he was superintendent in Framingham for four years until 2007, when he was hired in his hometown of Foxborough. Martes started as a fifth grade teacher in Foxborough.

One strength that stood out to Norton School Committee members is that he spent three years in a building project similar to Norton High School’s.

“Martes has political skills that would serve Norton well,” said Committee Member Deniz Savas. “He has a wealth of experience and he would get along with the staff.”

Martes beat out Framingham superintendent Steven Hiersche and retired Middleborough superintendent of schools Michael Malone. David Cressey, a candidate out of Connecticut, bowed out of the race for personal reasons.

The Committee will next contact Martes and discuss contract negotiations. They will then begin the process to fill the position indefinitely in September after they form a new Superintendent Search Committee.

Trot Nixon June 21, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Wow....let's hire the guy who, along with the Foxboro School Committee, secretly gave himself a pay raise, totaling $260,000 and was cited by the state Attorney General for violating the open meeting law. Unreal...why are we having so many searches? Go back to the original list of finalists...
Kathy Tolland June 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The Norton School Committee couldn't have chosen a better interim superintendent. Chris has solid experience and will bring up the morale of the staff as he did in Foxboro. Our morale was at an all time low when he came in and very strong when he left. He is innovative and will trust the teachers to do their job well as they do.

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