Meet Ben Barton, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools

As the Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools, Ben Barton is passionate about ensuring academic excellence and providing personalized learning experiences for all students. He is committed to championing a culture that provides every student an authentic educational experience grounded in high expectations, that is free from bias, prejudice, and discrimination. 

Drawing on his many years of educational leadership, Barton has developed a multifaceted ​continuous improvement plan for Princeton Public Schools that focuses on student learning, climate and culture, multisystem of supports, and operations.

Ben Barton has been an educational leader for over 24 years. Prior to becoming the Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools in 2018, Barton served as the Superintendent of Caledonia Area Public Schools for six years.

He also served as a principal in eastern Minnesota schools for nine years. He began his career as a health and physical education teacher, and wrestling, football and track coach.

Barton earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He also earned his principal and superintendent licenses through an Educational Administration and Leadership post-master specialist degree from St. Cloud State University. Barton completed the National Superintendents Association Certification Program to become a Nationally Certified Superintendent. 

In addition to his school leadership duties, Barton taught as an Adjunct Professor/Curriculum Consultant at Winona State University for seven years, collaborating with university faculty to create and implement the education philosophy course.

A native of Wabasha, Minnesota, Barton is married to his high-school sweetheart Jodi, and they have two adult children. Barton continues to serve on various community organizations that support the needs of K-12 students. 

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