GLOCESTER — Dr. Michael Barnes, school superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional School system, is the 2014 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its general membership meeting on Wednesday.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, his dedication to the education of all children, his commitment to the community, and his service to RISSA.
The award was presented to Barnes by Dr. Frank Pallotta, Burrillville school superintendent and winner of the 2013 award.
In addition to his fellow administrators, state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and the event's guest speaker, Heather Abbott, the courageous survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, were in attendance.
Barnes has served as the superintendent in Foster-Glocester since 2008 and previously served the district as assistant superintendent from 2005 to 2008. Prior to his administrative leadership, he was a member of the Ponaganset Middle School and High School faculty, beginning in 1988 in the technology department, where he later served as department chairman.
He also served at the state Department of Education as a Fellow working in the areas of high school reform and School Accountability for Learning and Teaching (SALT).
According to his colleagues, Barnes’ leadership in Foster-Glocester has brought stability and focus to the district, and he has played an active role in educational policy development and implementation in Rhode Island.
Barnes received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rhode Island College