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Frontier Superintendent Regina Nash to retire at year’s end

A five-member search committee will post the position in the school districts for 10 days, said Bob Decker, member of the Frontier Regional School Committee. If no internal candidates apply, the search committee would have to seek permission to conduct a broader search from the five school committees, he said. A nationwide search could cost between $15,000 and $20,000, an amount the districts have not budgeted for, Decker said.

“I expect someone will apply internally,” Decker said. “We have some very good staff.”

Nash, who has led the Frontier Regional School and Union 38 school districts for 12 years, plans to leave June 30.

“I feel privileged to have worked with many talented, gifted and creative individuals throughout my 12 years here,” Nash wrote in a letter to the local school committees last week. “The dedicated work of the districts’ central office staff, administrators, teachers and support personnel created successful schools that are the pride of the four towns and well respected by educators across Massachusetts.”

Nash was hired in 2001 to lead the southern Franklin County schools, bringing with her experience serving as superintendent in Vermont and working for the State Education Department in Virginia.

As superintendent, Nash helped to educate about 1,700 students in Whately, Deerfield, Conway and Sunderland.

“She brought a lot of continuity and consistency, ” said Frontier Regional School Principal Martha Barrett, who worked with Nash for 11 years. Nash hired Barrett as one of two co-principals at Frontier Regional School along with Donald Skroski of Whately in 2002.

“I feel a deep sense of loyalty to her. She’s certainly given me freedom to do my job,” Barrett said.

“It will be a loss,” said Kenneth Cuddeback, chairman of the Deerfield School Committee. “She’s been a very stable force in the district and a proven leader. She’s leaving us with a solid foundation.” Cuddeback credits Nash for keeping the five schools aligned with current best practice standards.

“I’ve worked with several superintendents over the years. She’s done an outstanding job,” said Decker. “I’m sorry to see she’s leaving.”

The search committee is made up of Decker, Jamison Isler from the Deerfield School Committee, Donald Skroski from the Whately School Committee, and Robert Moriarty from the Conway School Committee. The Sunderland School Committee will appoint a member as well.

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