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.