GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Guntersville parents, a new man will soon be in charge of your kids’ schools.
The school board welcomed Superintendent Jason Barnett to Guntersville City Schools on May 3 by holding a meet and greet at the central office building.
Barnett is the current superintendent of Dekalb County Schools, but he’ll take over in Guntersville on June 9th.
Barnett has worked for the DeKalb County School District for 18 years now. He served as superintendent for 5 years, but soon he will call Guntersville City Schools home.
“It was just a great place and there are so many exciting opportunities there and it was just a great location, school system and opportunity to grow professionally in and my children can thrive there as well,” said Barnett.
Barnett beat out 20 other applicants.
He said his first goal is to finalize plans for the construction of a new high school in Guntersville.
Guntersville voters could approve a property tax increase to fund that construction on May 11th.
“It’s an older facility and it really just does not meet the needs of our students. When you look at the career technical classrooms, when you look at the hands-on learning for what we are required to do to provide our students with world-class education in Guntersville it really doesn’t meet the needs,” said Barnett.
Barnett said he’s also focused on the students.
“They have a great history of academic achievement, but I want to continue to work to make sure that our students have all of the opportunities to be successful and provide a variety of coursework in mathematics, technology, science, engineering and arts,” said Barnett.
Barnett says he plans to implement college readiness programs.