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Dr. Robert D. Barr

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Board Member

Phone: (502) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
Kentucky Association of School Administrators
152 Consumer Lane
Frankfort , Kentucky 40601
United States

Company Description: KASA is dedicated to serving school administrators throughout Kentucky through advocacy, professional development, research and leadership.

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  • doctorate in education
    Purdue University
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KASA | PowerIT, 24 Jan 2013 [cached]
Authors Robert Barr and William Parrett join these voices with a breadth of understanding and current research that supports the fifty strategies provided. - First Boyle superintendent candidate interviewed, 15 June 2005 [cached]
Miles and other board members would have a chance to grill Barr later over dinner, but the early part of the interview process didn't provide much opportunity for in-depth discussion, so Miles used his powers of observation.
Whether Barr has the right kind of other qualities to land the job of replacing outgoing Superintendent Pam Rogers remains to be seen.
Barr, 51, is currently principal and athletic director at Harrison County High School and has also served in those capacities at Marion County and Bracken County high schools.His wife Lesley's family has roots in Gravel Switch, and he pastors the United Methodist Church in nearby Bradfordsville, two points he was quick to share with those who attended a public reception at the high school library.
"I'm not a stranger to Boyle County.I drive through every Sunday on my way to a church I pastor in Bradfordsville, about 15 miles from here," said Barr, who lives in Lexington.
Barr explained that he considered major sports like football part of a system's overall extra curricular offerings which "are vital to all districts."He said he strongly supports athletic programs but wouldn't place them above other priorities.
"Boyle County has some great programs, and we want them to continue," he said."We want to get people excited about Boyle County schools like they are about Boyle County football."
Virginia and Neil Eklund asked Barr how he would deal with students at opposite ends of the spectrum; gifted students who need to be challenged by advanced placement offerings and students who have been expelled for discipline or substance problems.
Barr said that at Harrison County High School, classroom AP courses are supplemented with online offerings that have proved popular with gifted students looking for new challenges.The school also has a variety of alternative programs to help troubled students stay in school, he said.
"About 15 percent of the student population is at-risk, and we have to pay attention to them just like we do the AP kids," he said.
A "project man"
Barr described himself "a project man" who has specialized in helping schools quell rowdy student behavior.At Harrison, Marion and Bracken high schools, Barr said he was involved in "cleaning up discipline problems," and he was especially proud of his work in that area at Marion County, where he was principal from 1995 to 2000.
"We really got the community involved there," he said."It was a great effort.It could serve as a model.I'd like to write a book about it."
Barr touted his leadership skills as his strongest asset, mentioning that he is currently president of the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals and serves as a board member for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.He said making the jump from principal to superintendent would not overwhelm him.
"You've got a much bigger budget, but you still work with people and you still work with kids," he said.
After meeting the public, Barr and his wife attended a dinner and interview session with board members at Three Babes and a Monkey.
Principal Award, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
KASSP named Robert Barr, principal of Harrison County High school, as Kentucky's 2006 Principal of the Year.
"Robert was selected based on his accomplishments as a high-achieving principal and exemplary contributions to the profession," said Don Turner, KASSP Executive Director.
As principal of Harrison County High School, Barr is
Robert Barr
According to Harrison Superintendent Roy Woodward, Barr exemplifies the word principal."With strong emphasis on student decision making, community involvement, and improved instruction and staff development, Mr. Barr propels staff and students to attain excellence."
Barr is credited with implementing cutting edge reform at the high school.He developed model policies on discipline, hiring practices, student schedules, and CATS preparation - celebration.In addition, the school advanced its CATS scores by an impressive 10.6 points in 2005.
A member of KASSP since 1989, Barr has served as the Association's president and as a member of the board of directors.
Barr was presented the distinguished award at KASSP's annual conference, June 21-23.The 2006 Principal of the Year program is sponsored by MetLife and NASSP.
Barr also represents secondary school principals on the Kentucky Association of School Administrators' (KASA) board of directors and received the KASA Administrator of the Year Award in 2005.
Winners, 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
Robert Barr High School Principal
A teacher's influence transformed ..., 1 Nov 2009 [cached]
A teacher's influence transformed his life forever, Dr. Robert Barr told educators at Denton's Lee Elementary School last week.
DRC/David Minton DRC/David Minton Robert Barr speaks to teachers and staff members at Lee Elementary School about improving programs for at-risk students on Tuesday in Denton. View largerMore photosPhoto store
When he was in first grade, Barr recalled, his principal met with his family and told them "Robert is not very smart" and "he's totally lacking in ability. It was suggested that he be held back a grade, Barr said.
Attending that same meeting, Barr said, was a teacher who touched him on the shoulder as she spoke on his behalf.
Barr said the teacher told the principal, "I know Robert has deficiencies and challenges, but I believe if he advances to the second grade, he won't let us down."
Barr said the teacher was convinced that if his determination could be strengthened, he could become great.
Barr spoke about his illiterate family of produce farmers and how neither of his parents received a formal education past third grade. But when the teacher helped him advance to second grade with his class, that set his life on a new path, he said, and he became the first in his family to finish elementary school and, eventually, college.
Barr encouraged the audience of school administrators to overlook children's circumstances and to motivate and educate them. He said there's nothing more powerful than a teacher's impact.
"When you look in the eyes of your children ... do not let your expectations because of the color of their skin, how they speak ... set expectations for how you think of them," he said. "If teachers believe in you, anything is possible."
Barr has written eight research books on at-risk youth and strategies for school improvement. He is an international speaker and has worked as a consultant with school districts in more than 40 states. Barr has served as an educator at Indiana University and Oregon State University and as a senior analyst for Boise State University's Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies.
He is consulting Denton's 14 Title 1 schools - campuses with a large percentage of students from low-income households. Barr held a session with principals from Denton's Title 1 campuses last week and conducted sessions with staff members at Lee, Borman and Hodge elementary schools Tuesday through Thursday.
He shared tips for improving the achievement of economically disadvantaged students. He also discussed his research, school improvement strategies being implemented nationwide and the idea of family inclusion in child development.
Chris Shade, director of federal programs for Denton schools, said that Barr was brought in by the district to conduct professional development sessions with an emphasis on closing an achievement gap between at-risk and high-performing students.
Last week, Barr stressed the importance of early instruction in basic reading and math skills. Research shows that a student who doesn't efficiently grasp such skills could develop a behavior problem and eventually drop out of school or end up in jail, Barr said.
"This is a matter of life and death," Barr said.
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