Boards name new Frontier superintendent

Recorder Staff
Last modified: 2/25/2016 9:47:31 AM
DEERFIELD — Dr. Lynn M. Carey has been named the future Frontier Regional School superintendent.

The Frontier Regional and Union #38 school committees held final interviews with the two remaining candidates on Wednesday and following a 50-minute discussion, voted unanimously to appoint Carey as the next superintendent, pending successful contract negotiations.

Superintendent Martha Barrett’s final day will be June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Carey and candidate Kathryn Clark visited Frontier for a final round of 10 questions from members of the school committees and each got one more chance to lobby for the job.

Frontier Regional School Committee member Philip Kantor asked what steps Carey would take to build school district budgets and Carey said that is the quintessential question in education.

“This is where the superintendent rubber meets the road,” Carey said, adding that she would first focus on what materials and resources are needed to keep the district’s buildings running and its employees effective. She referred to these needs as “the nuts and bolts.”

Carey said she would then find out what the district needs in order to improve and what the employees want. She mentioned, however, it is crucial to remain “fiscally sound and fiscally fair.”

Conway School Committee member Karl Anderson asked Carey about her thoughts on the hot topics within the world of public education. Carey said there is a lot of focus on test-taking in education today and, while it is important to provide students with the tools to be academically successful, she is “not 100 percent in favor of teaching to the test.” She said balance is needed.

Carey is the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H. She holds a doctorate in education from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn. She was also the principal of the Fall Mountain Regional School District in New Hampshire from 2007 to 2013.

“I really do appreciate challenges. It’s what makes my life interesting. It makes me want to get up in the morning and come to work,” she told the school committees.

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