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20 Aug 2013 2:08 PM | Deleted user
Dr. Michael Barnes, Superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional Schools, 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 August 14. The standing ovation accorded to Dr. Barnes by his colleagues was an indication of the high esteem in which he is held. 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 Mike by Dr. Frank Pallotta, Burriville Superintendent, and winner of the 2013 award. In addition to his fellow administrators, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and the event’s guest speaker, Heather Abbott, the courageous survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, were in attendance.

Dr. 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, Mike was member of the Ponaganset Middle/High School faculty beginning in 1988 in the technology department, where he later served as Department Chair. He also served at the Rhode Island Department of Education as a Fellow working in the areas of high school reform and School Accountability for Learning and Teaching (SALT). In addition, Dr. Barnes has been recognized as a Milken National Educator, Technology Teacher of the Year, and traveled to Japan and China on study tours of their educational systems. Dr. Barnes leadership in Foster-Glocester has brought stability and focus to the district. He plays an active role in educational policy development and implementation in Rhode Island.

Dr. Barnes received his bachelors and masters degrees from Rhode Island College and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in Curriculum and Instruction. He has been a member of RISSA since 2005 and serves as its President-Elect and Chairman of the Legislative Committee with concentrations in educational leadership and gifted and talented education

Dr. Barnes will be honored by the American Association of School Administrators at the National Conference on Education to be held in Nashville in February 2014. He lives in Lincoln with his wife and two children who attend the Lincoln Public Schools.

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