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.
explained that he
considered major sports like football part of a system's overall extra curricular offerings which "are vital to all districts."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
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
"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
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
After meeting the public, Barr
wife attended a dinner and interview session with board members at Three Babes
and a Monkey.