Two of the four finalists for the interim Norton Superintendent of Schools have ties to Framingham; all four were interviewed Wednesday night.
Though no decisions were made after the Norton School Committee interviewed Steven Hiersche, Christopher Martes, Michael Malone and David Cressy Wednesday night, they plan to have one by Monday.
The contract for current superintendent Dr. Patricia Ansay is up Aug. 28, so the Committee hopes to have an interim in place as soon as possible.
For the past three years Hiersche has been superintendent for Framingham Public Schools. He spent six years as superintendent in Plymouth and five more in Watertown. Previously he was a mathematics and computer science teacher, then principal at the middle and high school levels. Hiersche's last day in Framingham is tomorrow, June 15.
Hiersche has experience working on building projects and is familiar with Race to the Top, an education reform initiative. He also has experience bringing technology into the classroom more, something Norton is trying to accomplish.
“My work is aligned with what Norton has been working on for the last few years,” Hiersche said.
When asked what would come up in a Google search of his name, Hiersche noted an incident in which a . He noted, however, that the teacher and aide were disciplined and the parent was satisfied with the action taken.
Christopher Martes retired last year as superintendent for Foxborough Public Schools. 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.
“I went through three years of moving students, buildings and classrooms around,” he said.
He was criticized for making what was called a “secret deal” with the Foxborough School Committee concerning his contract. The Sun Chronicle reported that the school committee could not reveal far-reaching changes in Martes' contract for four months because there was not an executive session during that time to release the minutes of the closed session when those changes were voted.
“I would do it again, but I would make it more clear,” Martes said. “I try to be very reflective.”
Martes has a philosophy he goes by when it comes to his staff. “You have to get the right people on the bus, and the wrong people off. Then you have to get the right people in the right seats,” he said.
Martes was also Superintendent of Schools in Framingham.
Malone has spent 14 years as superintendent, most recently for Middleborough Public Schools in an interim capacity since June 2010. Malone, 62, retired from the Plainville school system after 12 years of service. He is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Malone, a member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, described himself as a lifelong learner with international experience. He also dealt with major school renovations and made student and staff safety a priority in the process. Another good quality that the School Committee found was that he served on a superintendent search committee, which could come in handy.
Cressy has spent 30 years as superintendent in various capacities, including the Gilbert School, Cheshire Public Schools and Killingly Public Schools. He was also a principal at Killingly Public Schools, assistant principal at RHAM Junior Senior High School, director of guidance and counseling at Milford AREA High School and a social studies teacher at Plainfield Public Schools. In the early stages of his career in education, Cressy quickly realized that counseling wasn’t the job for him.
The committee will check references over the next few days and meet Monday to vote on an interim superintendent.